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[ Publishing Workflows ] August 25, 2023

Do conference proceedings really matter?

While the scholarly community has always recognized the importance of final published journal articles, there's a great amount of value in the insights exchanged during academic meetings, the groundbreaking discoveries revealed in poster sessions, and the bonds formed between different disciplines.

Keep on reading to discover how you can optimize the worth of your proceedings, safeguard their integrity, and uphold their quality.


Accelerating scholarly communication

This spring, Morressier CEO and co-founder, Sami Benchekroun, asked the question, “Is science too slow to change the world?” in The Scholarly Kitchen. We believe that the answer is yes, but rather than rest in defeat, we think it  gives us the space to build the tools that will help us take an inspiring step forward.

Will so many  efficiency challenges in peer review, the pace of journal publication often painfully slow. With so many academic stakeholders in the mix, including policymakers, fellow scholars, and even the general public, we need to find ways to accelerate the process. While we’ve made strides in certain areas, there are still so many ways that our workflows can work better, faster, and smarter.

When you embrace the value of conference proceedings for your community, you can unlock avenues for researchers to share their latest findings, insights, and developments while they’re still relevant. Compared to traditional journal publications, leveraging formats such as abstracts, videos, ePosters, and more enables scholars to share more of their ideas, with faster trajectory from submission to publication and quicker way to leave their mark on the world.


Unlocking early ideas while still upholding integrity

Sharing conference proceedings brings in opportunities for valuable feedback from peers, scholars, and experts. These individuals bring different perspectives and critical suggestions to the original findings, allowing researchers to refine their work accurately before it is submitted to journals. This also removes the strain on peer review and journal submission processes, by reducing errors and accelerating the possibilities of scientific ideas before they are submitted. There have also been several recent cases that have also brought to light the challenges associated with safeguarding the credibility of conference proceedings. This phase of the research lifecycle often lacks the same level of regulation seen in journal publishing. Thus, enhancing the quality in this aspect creates a scenario where improvement benefits all involved parties, much like a rising tide lifting all boats.

There’s so much value to the preliminary evaluation of research, and the cascading impact high quality conference proceedings will have on the quality of publishing overall. That’s why our preflight and integrity checks now seamlessly integrate into our proceedings workflows. This empowers publishers to address submission completeness and uphold research integrity in this critical lifecycle stage. 

Even further, with powerful automated tools, we're helping you meet all your integrity needs through customizable checks for conference organizers, streamlined resubmissions, and reduced administrative burdens. Dive deeper into the details in our Product Release Notes.


The strength of interdisciplinary exchange

How can your community’s research reach new audiences?

In the world of research, the adage 'No man is an island' holds true. No matter what stage they’re in, scientific ideas can’t be hidden from the bold minds who can enhance them with the right questions. Sharing conference proceedings creates opportunities for valuable interdisciplinary exchange between the world’s learners.

Imagine what breakthroughs could be made when scholars are exposed to others’ discoveries as they are being made and given opportunities to build upon them. Rather than giving into the “publish or perish'' culture, this encourages collaboration and reduces the competition that leads to cutting corners and incidents of fraud or misconduct. 

Encouraging these partnerships among scientists of different disciplines through sharing proceedings can help societies and publishers build revenue by increasing their publication output, fueling the article economy with early insights turned papers, and building value for society members looking to meet like-minded innovators.


Creating a record of academic progress

Preserving the evolution of the academic record is crucial. Conference proceedings provide a historical record of research, from that initial spark of curiosity to every twist and turn along the way. These insights tell a story of research's evolution, a narrative that neither starts nor stops with a journal article. Instead, proceedings help build a living story that captures the first stages and growth of ideas, development of methodologies, and results.

Conference proceedings are a key knowledge base for individuals looking to build on their work and for publishers looking to find their community’s future leaders and authors. 

In this sense, conference proceedings provide a transparent picture of where research currently stands, while also working as a stepping stone for future studies and projects. 



Conference proceedings are a critical piece of the research lifecycle, from supporting career development to enabling faster sharing of tomorrow’s breakthroughs. 

But proceedings workflows are not always regulated, so we can’t lose sight of the importance of integrity in this segment of the research lifecycle. , Thanks to our preflight and integrity checks, when you trust Morressier with your conference proceedings, you’ll be able to  detect errors and fraudulent results faster than ever before. 

Get in touch with us and unlock the full potential of your community’s freshest ideas today.

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