About the Conference

CRIS 2020 is organised by euroCRIS in cooperation with the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT).

CRIS 2020 is the fifteen edition in a biennial series of conferences devoted to improving the availability of and access to research information systems across Europe. The target audience includes managers of research-performing and/or funding institutions, evaluators, librarians, ICT experts, as well as policy makers. euroCRIS is a non-profit professional association of CRIS experts and custodian of the Common European Research Information Format (CERIF).


About the Venue

The Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) is a public university based in Limassol. CUT aspires to develop itself into a modern, pioneering University able to offer education and high level research in leading branches of science and technology which have high impact on the economic, technical, and scientific sectors. With its orientation towards applied research, the University aspires to establish for itself a role in support of the state and society in their efforts to confront problems, which cover all areas of science and technology. The programmes of the CUT to a large extent complement scientific areas, which are not currently covered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels by the University of Cyprus or any other institution of higher education in the country.

Limassol - Cyprus

Limassol, a city counting centuries of history, is located between two of the most renowned ancient kingdoms of the island, Amathous at the east and Kourion at the west. "Lemessos" as it is called by locals, is the second largest urban area in Cyprus (after the capital, Nicosia) and its municipality is the most populous in the country with 235,0oo inhabitants (2011 Census). Limassol is one of the fastest growing modern metropolises in Europe. The city's infrastructure is constantly upgraded from all aspects (way of living, public construction projects, education, etc) with the most distinct project of this sort being the Limassol Marina - an exclusive waterfront development combining elegant residences and a full service marina, with its own shopping and dining area. Also, the revamped coastline now covers a 15 kilometres distance, lined with hotels and beach bars and cafes, interspersed with eucalyptus groves and linked by a promenade popular with walkers and joggers.

Conference Venue

The conference will take place in Cyprus University of Technology, Tassos Papadopoulos Building. It is located in the heart of Limassol old town.

Address: Themidos and Ifigenias Corner

Call for Proposals

Theme: New Technologies and Open Science in CRIS Systems

Extended deadline for submissions: Mar 31st, 2020

The CRIS 2020 conference will address recent trends in the significance, position and use of Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) and more specifically their meaning for Open Science and its promotion. For this purpose, the conference will bring together researchers, managers of research-performing or funding institutions, evaluators, librarians, research administrators, ICT experts and policy makers.

The general theme of the conference is “New Technologies and Open Science in CRIS Systems”, emphasising the need to leverage new technological breakthroughs and changes for the benefits of research information and science in combination with the advance in the practice of sharing the results of research in an open and accessible way.

Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) play a pivotal role in this respect as they hold a vast set of interlinked pieces of information (metadata) about virtually all aspects and objects of research, and as such provide an indispensable resource for FAIR and Open Science and to optimally realise all the benefits of scientific progress.

The growing emphasis on openness and reproducibility of research, maximising the impact and knowledge transfer, safeguarding the quality and integrity of research and improving the dissemination of research results – covering publications, but also datasets and software – all require optimal solutions for storage, communication, exchange and assessment of research information.

At this 15th International Conference on Current Research Information Systems we invite the interested audience to bring forward and discuss ideas, solutions and experiences related to both the central theme and more generally to the present role and position of CRIS, and to report on relevant developments going on at a local, national or international level.

Conference topics include but are not limited to:

  • The significance of CRISs for the promotion and realisation of FAIR and Open Science
  • The possible role and integration of CRIS as supporting information resources for research data infrastructures such as the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative
  • Research Information infrastructures on a national and international level
  • Research information in academic social networks and Virtual (digital) Research Environments
  • The use of CRIS in the field of research data management: (formulation/registration of) data management plans, archiving of datasets, etcetera
  • Semantic approaches, data mining and profiling in the interpretation of research information
  • The use and implementation of standards in CRIS: identifiers, formats, semantics, (controlled) vocabularies
  • Use cases in the application of CERIF
  • Interoperability: exchange and reuse of research information from existing resources
  • Tools and solutions for the mobile international researcher
  • The (worldwide) uptake of CRIS Systems by various stakeholders
  • Enabling computational science with research information
  • Research information management in and across institutions
  • Linked Open Data for research information
  • Enabling and supporting research cooperation through CRIS
  • Value, impact and outcomes of universities
  • CV or portfolio exposure and profiling of researchers
  • The role of CRIS in support of Plan S and transforming Scholarly Communications
  • The role of CRIS in support of the responsible use of research metrics: analytics and quantitative measurement in research information systems
  • Output and performance: trends in research assessment, rankings and benchmarking
  • Evaluation of scientific organisations as cultural, societal or economic assets
  • Dataset description and metadata
  • Research software description and metadata
  • The use of CRIS in digital asset management and archiving

We invite the CRIS community and all other interested parties to submit their findings and experiences as contributions of different kinds. This includes full or short research papers, review papers and articles describing case studies, experiences or proposals of novel pieces of technology, processes or models. The submission system of the conference will allow participants to classify the contribution in a number of types that will be reviewed according to that nature.

Conference contributions will be organized in three tracks:

I. Open communication, sharing, reuse and profiling of research

Contributions on best practices, technologies and case studies concerning the promotion of findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability (FAIRness) of research and its products, as well as the promotion and facilitation of research information exchange and the creation of research information infrastructures on various levels, be it institutional, national or international. Special attention may be given to the role of CRIS and CRIS-based e-infrastructures in creating an international and multifunctional “FAIR” research information layer, a.o.t. underpinning research data infrastructures (like e.g. the EOSC). Linked to this: the role of standards in optimizing research communication and exchange.

II. Measuring research, its quality and impact

Contributions on best practices, case studies, operational solutions and future trends in benchmarking, evaluation and assessment of research and research impact; including policy directions, technology developments and emerging standards. This also includes the need for and approaches towards quality and reliability of research information to support the responsible use of research metrics by all stakeholders.

III. Advances in research information technology:

Contributions on advanced information and communication technologies to improve research information quality, availability and exchange, including database, process and workflow, user interface or Cloud-based technologies. With special attention to CERIF and CRIS-related technologies and developments.

Any other topic not fitting in the tracks but falling in the scope and topics of the conference will equally be considered as part of a general track.

In order to present a paper at the conference, the first step is to send in a 2-page extended abstract for the contribution. Based on these abstracts, the Programme Committee will assess the suitability of the papers for the event.

Please submit your extended abstract to the following easyChair account:

Guidelines for writing extended abstracts

An extended abstract is not simply a long abstract. An extended abstract should contain some references, comparisons to related previous work, cases, descriptions and findings and other details expected in a full paper but not in an abstract. The typical length of the extended abstract is 2-5 pages. The abstract should be readable and understandable, and it is key to highlights the main contributions that make the work presented useful to the audience of CRIS researchers and/or practitioners.

The program committee will consider among other these aspects in reviewing the extended abstract:

  • Are there any major technical flaws in the abstract?
  • Is the language appropriate for a scholarly or technical audience?
  • Is the work a significant advance over previous work/cases/experiences in the area, by the same authors or others?
  • Does the extended abstract offer an interesting perspective on a problem or describe experiences that might be useful to others?
  • Is the abstract well presented and understandable?

Best Paper Award

In Memory of the late Max Stempfhuber euroCRIS offers an award to the best paper in the conference.

The timeline for submitting and selecting contributions is:

  • February 15, 2020 March 31, 2020 – Extended abstract submission
  • March 15, 2020 April 20, 2020 – Acceptance/Rejection Announcement
  • May 20, 2020 New dates for submissions will be announced soon – Full paper camera-ready submission

As it was the case for previous euroCRIS Conferences, the extended abstracts for all accepted papers will be published in the euroCRIS repository before the conference. On top of this, a selection of papers will be published as post-proceedings in an international publisher indexed in the Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus.

The CRIS2020 conference also welcomes proposals for tutorials and workshops related to any of the topics for the conference. System providers are also invited to submit contributions for a specific Exhibitions and Business Session. More details on the calls for these separate activities are given below.

Call for tutorials

Tutorials are expected to be sessions of a duration ranging from 1 to 3 hours in which the instructor exposes a topic or presents the use of a system. Tutorial proposals need to include:

  • Title
  • Instructors and their qualifications
  • Topics to be covered
  • Prerequisites for attendants
  • Tutorial setting required (need for computers, Internet connection, other materials)

Tutorials are expected to serve the audience in improving or acquiring knowledge or skills or demonstrating and gaining hands-on or practical experience with technologies and tools.

Proposals for tutorials should be sent to eurocris@eurocris.org before March 31 2020

Call for workshops

Workshops are expected to be sessions organised the day before or in parallel to main conference activities. They should be focused on a specific topic. Workshops proposals need to include:

  • Title
  • Workshop chair(s)
  • Technical/scientific committee members
  • Topics to be covered
  • Justification of the importance of the topics

Workshops will be in the program of the conference, but the peer review process and selection of papers is responsibility of their promoters.

Proposals for workshops should be sent to eurocris@eurocris.org before March 31 2020

Exhibition and Business Session

System providers are invited to submit contributions for a specific business session. Providers and initiatives as well as EC projects are invited to showcase their products in an exhibition.

Proposals for exhibition and business presentations should be sent to eurocris@eurocris.org before March 31 2020


Details about the conference programme will be announced later.

Programme committee

Miguel-Angel Sicilia University of Alcala
Keith Jeffery Keith G Jeffery Consultants
Dragan Ivanovic University of Novi Sad, Serbia, Faculty of Technical Sciences
Sebastian Herwig University of Muenster
Valerie Brasse IS4RI
Kristoffer Lindell Umea University
Marios Zervas Cyprus University of Technology
Stamatios Giannoulakis Cyprus University of Technology
Petros Artemi Cyprus University of Technology
Jan Dvorak Charles University in Prague
Danica Zendulkova SCSTI
Sadia Vancauwenbergh ECOOM-Hasselt University
Pablo de Castro University of Strathclyde
Mike Conlon VIVO Project
Joachim Schopfel University of Lille
Rebecca Bryant OCLC Research
Jochen Schirrwagen Bielefeld University Library


The registration will be opened soon.

EuroCris Members

For personal euroCRIS members and persons from member institutions the participation is free of charge.

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  • Lunch Included
  • Snacks And Coffee Break
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