New Directions in Scholarly Publishing: Community, Collaboration, and Crisis

September 30 - October 1
Online
by Society for Scholarly Publishing
New Directions in Scholarly Publishing: Community, Collaboration, and Crisis
September 30 - October 1

New Directions in Scholarly Publishing: Community, Collaboration, and Crisis

Online
by Society for Scholarly Publishing

About

The 2020 SSP New Directions Seminar in Scholarly Publishing will explore important new ways in which publishers and industry leaders can continue to support academic peer-reviewed research and the entire academic publishing ecosystem.

 

JOIN US FOR THIS LIVE VIRTUAL EVENT!

September 30, 2020 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm EDT
October 1, 2020 | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT

The 2020 SSP New Directions Seminar in Scholarly Publishing will explore important new ways in which publishers and industry leaders can continue to support academic peer-reviewed research and the entire academic publishing ecosystem, especially in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

Scholarly publishing directly influences continued academic research, research funding, the validation of critical research, and the careers of academic researchers as we navigate a new normal. This seminar will present dynamic panel discussions, fireside chats, influential keynote speakers, and more, with a focus on new ways to develop and support researchers and their institutions around the world. 

Dynamic and interactive sessions will allow for lively discussion and debate surrounding some of the most talked-about enterprises in the field—from the emerging use and policing of preprints, to the changing ways academic publishing is accomplished after a global pandemic forces us all to shift gears. 

The seminar will be an essential resource for all levels of academic publishing professionals, librarians, researchers, academicians, industry leaders, and corporate-level executives that work within the academic publishing arena, and will provide a necessary platform of solidarity as we move forward together to define and develop important new directions in scholarly publishing.   

Seminar Program Day 1 – Wednesday, September 30, 2020

10:00 am EDT | Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director, Society for Scholarly Publishing
  • Sophie Reisz, Vice President and Executive Editor, Mary Ann Liebert Publishing

10:15 am – 11:15 am EDT | Setting the Stage for New Directions: An Opening Discussion with the Chefs
A panel of Scholarly Kitchen Chefs kicks off the seminar with a lively discussion of how organizations are collaborating, communicating, and innovating, both internally and externally, during a time of change and uncertainty with no clear end in sight. Representing the views of a variety of stakeholders, the Chefs will explore how various organizations and institutions are supporting their workforces, furthering academic research, and addressing a number of emerging trends emerging in scholarly communications. Mindful of the opportunities as well as challenges arising from the “new normal,” they will also discuss how organizations can foster agility and resilience moving forward. Join us for this excellent introduction to the seminar and buckle up for an informative and meaningful program of talks ahead.

Moderator

  • Lettie Conrad, Publishing & Product Consultant, LYC Consulting

Speakers

  • Haseeb Irfanullah, Independent Consultant - Environment, Climate Change, and Research System, Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh 
  • Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies
  • Alice Meadows, Director of Community Engagement, NISO
  • Charlie Rapple, Co-Founder, Kudos 

11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT | Navigating the “New Normal” of Academic Publishing
Segueing from the insights offered by the Chefs, this dynamic panel discussion will explore how the greater academic publishing community can constructively confront uncertainty in ways that ensure a more positive, inclusive future for our industry and our scientific communities. Speakers will offer useful new insights into how scholarly communications professionals can use this “new normal” to maximize opportunities across the ecosystem of academic publishing.

Moderator

  • Monica Hoh, Metadata Librarian II, Novelist

Speakers

  • Alexa Colella, Journals Marketing and Strategy Manager, University of Illinois Press
  • Simon Holt, Publisher, Micro/Nanotechnologies & Reference Content Volume Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion Campaigner, Elsevier
  • Clair Irwin, Doctoral Student, MS, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm EDT | Cancelled, Postponed, Reimagined: New Directions in Participating in Academic Conferences
Academic conferences are a fundamental platform for communicating research, networking, revenue generation, and more. In the wake of a global health crisis, organizations have had to adapt, experimenting with virtual ways to meet, connect, and share. Our panelists will discuss the challenges and limitations that an online format brings, as well as some of the ways in which the pivot to virtual may change academic conferences for the better.

Moderator

  • Violaine Iglesias, CEO, and Co-Founder, Cadmore Media

Speakers

  • Nisha Doshi, Senior Digital Development Publisher, Cambridge University Press
  • Colleen Scollans, Practice Lead, Marketing and Digital Transformation, Clarke & Esposito
  • Charley Thompson, Head of Events, Bioscientifica


BREAK [~2 hrs]

4:00 pm EDT - 5:15 pm EDT | Supporting Researchers, Not Just Their Research
As scholarly publishing professionals, we often ask ourselves what we can do to support our authors, editors, peer reviewers, and readers. These questions and considerations are at the forefront of our minds as we work towards navigating new directions in scholarly publishing. Panelists for this session will discuss the systemic and societal issues that challenge researchers, as well as how our industry can create bridges rather than barriers. 

Moderator

  • Jordana Schmierer, Graduate Student, Rochester University 

Speakers

  • Koen Vermeir, Research Professor, CNRS / Co-Chair, Global Young Academy / Editor-in-Chief, Centaurus
  • Adriana L. Romero-Olivares, Department of Biology, New Mexico State University
  • Jory Lerback, PhD candidate, Dept of Geology & Geophysics, University of Utah
  • R. Jason Heustis, Director of Student Development and Training Evaluation, Harvard Medical School 

 

Seminar Program Day 2 – Thursday, October 1, 2020

10:00 am EDT | Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:15 am - 11:15 am EDT | Keynote

A British geneticist and the first female editor-in-chief of Nature, Magdalena Skipper is a household name in the academic publishing community. In her keynote address, Magdalena will emphasize what she has noticed, understood, learned, and navigated as an editorial leader during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on new directions in academic publishing since the pandemic emerged and touching on the cultural discussions of diversity and inclusion currently taking place around the world.

Speaker

  • Magdalena Skipper, Editor-in-Chief, Nature


11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT | Preprints: Testing Science’s Need for Speed Limits
It’s more and more common these days to hear about preprints—on NPR, in the New York Times, or on the evening news. The general public, like researchers before them, is absorbing scientific and medical developments at record speed. But what are the risks and challenges that come with this speedy sharing of experimental results? Join our expert panel for a discussion about new initiatives and varied perspectives around preprints. How widely are researchers taking advantage of this new venue for sharing early results? How does this differ by discipline?

Each speaker will be introduced by a specially crafted scenario, designed to highlight a key theme. Through this activity, attendees have the opportunity to step into the shoes of researchers, peer reviewers, and editors, to tackle such topics as citing preprints, preprints in social sciences and humanities, and awareness of journal policies around preprints. With preprints seemingly playing a bigger role than ever before, familiarity with multiple perspectives is more important than ever.

Moderator

  • Heather Staines, Head of Partnerships at Knowledge Futures Group

Speakers

  • Richard Sever, Assistant Director, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • Colin McAteer, Manager, Journals, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Iratxe Puebla, Associate Director, ASAPbio
  • Jon Gurstelle, Director of Publications, American Political Science Association 


BREAK [~2 hrs]

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm EDT | New Directions in Tools, Visibility, and Findability of Research
An engaging panel of experts will creatively present the tools and technology that will lead to new directions in academic publishing. Ranging from emerging Artificial Intelligence-based tools to Open Science Tools, preprint tools, and more, this team of panelists will discuss new ways of addressing current challenges faced by the industry.

Moderator

  • John Shaw, Chief Technology Officer, Sage Publishing

Speakers

  • Lettie Conrad, Publishing & Product Consultant, LYC Consulting
  • Ian Mulvany, Chief Technology Officer, BMJ
  • Stephen Rhind-Tutt, President, Coherent Digital
  • Nancy Roberts, Founder and CEO, Umbrella Analytics

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SSP would like to thank New Directions virtual platform sponsor, Wolters Kluwer, as well as seminar sponsors, IngentaAmerican Geophysical UnionARPHA, and Knowledgeworks Global Ltd.

Location

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