The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship

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FORCE11 is pleased to announce that its annual conference for 2021 will be held online under the theme “FORCE2021: Joining Forces to Advance the Future of Research Communications”. 

The FORCE11 annual conference is a different kind of meeting, where stakeholders come together – or scrummage – for an open discussion, on an even playing field, to talk about changing the ways scholarly and scientific information is communicated, shared and used. Researchers, publishers, librarians, computer scientists, informaticians, funders, educators, citizens, and others attend the FORCE11 meeting with a view to supporting the realization of promising new ideas and identifying new potential collaborators. 

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, FORCE2021 will be held online on December 7-9, 2021. Please join us. 

FORCE2021 brings a number of curated keynotes and panel discussions that focus on the future of research communication. The conference also welcomes community submissions for lightning talks and posters through the Call for Proposals

FORCE2021 is organized by FORCE11, an organizing community of volunteers and in collaboration with multiple community-led and advocacy groups and organizations working towards the future of scholarly communications. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. FORCE2021 abides by the FORCE11 Code of Conduct

Conference Themes

FORCE2021 Conference will focus on a set of themes. We welcome proposals that address the FUTURE of scholarly communications in one or more of the following:

  • Research assessment 
  • Science communication through social media
  • The future of science work
  • Scholarly communications role in the sustainable development goals SDGs
  • Systemic change for equity and inclusion 
  • Successes from student organizations
  • Governance of open science
  • Science discoverability

Call for Proposals

FORCE2021 will consist of 50% curated conference sessions and 50% community contributed sessions. The curated sessions will come in the formats of keynotes and panel discussions while the community contributed sessions will come in the formats of lightning talks and poster sessions. All conference sessions will be carefully distributed over multiple time zones to maximize the opportunity for participation and attendance across the globe.

FORCE2021 organizing committee is pleased to announce the call for proposals for community contributed sessions in the following formats:

  • Lightning talks (maximum of five minutes)
  • Posters, that is, infographics or slideshows with the option for the presenter to engage with attendees synchronously and asynchronously in a virtual meeting space.

Please use this form to submit your proposals by October 15, 2021.

Feel free to contact the organizers of FORCE2021 for any queries at

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