3. Debate

Date and time: Thursday, 24 June 2021
Morning session 9am (BST) – for those in Asia and eastern time zones
The debate will be repeated – with different presenters and arguments – in the afternoon at 4pm (BST)

Debate: Preprints are going to replace journals

This session will debate whether preprints or journals represent the most inclusive, diverse and sustainable means of scholarly communication. The debaters will consider issues included in the SDGs, such as speed of communication, diversity of voices, inclusivity of all geographical regions and researchers, and quality concerns. Recognising that there are widely divergent opinions on this topic, the session will be run twice: once with debaters from Asian countries, and once with debaters presenting European and American perspectives.

This session will be run as a formal debate, with two speakers to each present an opposing view, and a moderator: the audience will be invited to vote for the proposal at the start and again at the end of the session, to see if the debaters can change their mind during the session. This promises to be a lively session!

Chair: Clarinda Cerejo, Senior Director, Thought Leadership, Cactus Communications, India

As Senior Director, Thought Leadership, at Cactus Communications, Clarinda leads various content and research projects, including conference presentations, panel discussions, whitepapers, and surveys touching academia, journal publishing, medical affairs, science communication, and patient engagement. Her mission is to improve the way scientific and medical research is published and shared globally, and she works to help research from all sectors to be widely read and have the real-world impact it should.
Twitter: @ClarindaCerejo


Proposer: Dr Hoang Quan Vuong, Member of Scientific Council on Basic Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities (Economics Section), National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED), Vietnam Ministry of Science and Technology. Chair of the EASE Vietnamese Regional Chapter.

Biography – Quan-Hoang Vuong (Ph.D., Université Libre de Bruxelles) is Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Social Research (Centre ISR) and Distinguished Scientist of Phenikaa University, Hanoi, Vietnam. He is chairman of the Vietnam Chapter of the European Association of Science Editors and serves in the NAFOSTED Scientific Council on Basic Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities (2019–2021). He has published nearly 200 academic papers and books with such publishers as Cell Press, De Gruyter, Elsevier, Emerald, Inderscience, MDPI, MIT Press, The National Bureau of Asian Research, Nature Publishing Group, Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Springer, Taylor & Francis, University of Warwick Press, Wiley, World Scientific, etc.

Dr. Vuong was a recipient of Publons Global Peer Review Awards in 2018, 2019, writing over 200 peer review reports for about 90 academic journals. As an editor, he has also helped to handle 100 manuscripts with various research journals. His analytical views and opinions have also been widely shared on numerous international news outlets, such as AFP, AseanAffairs, ETF Trend, Forbes, La Città Futura, La Reppublica, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Roubini Global Economics, Sina.com, VOA, Wall Street Journal, etc.
Twitter: @vuongqh

Opposer: Dr Haseeb Md Irfanullah, Independent Consultant – Environment, Climate Change, & Research System.

Haseeb is a biologist-turned-development facilitator, who often introduces himself as a research enthusiast. Over the last two decades, he has worked for different international development organisations, academic institutions, donors, and the Government of Bangladesh in different capacities. Currently, Haseeb is an independent consultant on environment, climate change, and research systems. He is also a visiting research fellow of the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB).

Haseeb is a member of the editorial board of Learned Publishing. His interest in research communication has engaged him with INASP’s initiatives, such as BanglaJOL and AuthorAID, and also as its associate. He has been involved in designing and facilitating sessions for early- & mid-career researchers and journal editors to improve their understanding of journal publishing practices and standards. He writes articles and thought pieces on scholarly systems and a Chef of The Scholarly Kitchen. Haseeb has a PhD in aquatic ecology from the University of Liverpool, UK.
Twitter: @hmirfanullah

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