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Mission Statement

The SSP Early Career Sub Committee (ECSC) engages and serves early career professionals in the scholarly communication field by providing educational resources to develop their careers. The ECSC also aims to help early-career professionals expand their network, and build a foundation for career success through increased presence and participation in SSP, and other industry groups and events.     ^





The ECSC podcast program aims to educate and engage with early career professionals in the industry through a unique and accessible medium. The series will feature news about industry topics and trends relevant to the early career audience, advice from senior colleagues in the industry, and more.

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University Outreach

The University Outreach program aims to increase the visibility of and interest in careers in scholarly publishing for students about to enter the workforce, as well as introduce them to the networks and educational opportunities SSP can provide.

For students interested in establishing or strengthening their own publications, the ECSC recommends the Student Journal Toolkit, a community-created resource developed by the Public Knowledge Project.

Susan Chavez and Chloe Fells, graduate students at the George Washington University, share their thoughts on the Career Development Lab.

The George Washington University Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program is soliciting papers for the Journal of Ethics in Publishing, a new, open access journal.

The George Washington University Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program recently hosted its Ethics in Publishing Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility.” You can watch the complete conference proceedings on YouTube

Professional Profiles

The ECSC is creating a series of profiles featuring early- to mid-career publishing professionals in our networks to inspire early career professionals as they grow in their careers and discover new opportunities in the field.     ^




Everything You Wanted to Know About Open Access but Were Afraid to Ask
Although the idea of something being “open access” is easily understandable, the vast and complex array of initiatives, licenses, and terminology may not be. For instance, what is meant by a “read and publish agreement”? What is a “hybrid journal”? Who or what is “Beall’s list”? What is “Plan S”? This webinar presents a primer on open access for early career professionals and anyone else new to the field who may have questions (but were afraid to ask). Hear from a knowledgeable slate of publishing professionals to learn more about open access, including its history, important terminology, and influence on the present and future of scholarly publishing.     ^  




Apply for an SSP Fellowship

Each year, the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) awards 12 students and early-career professionals with a highly competitive Fellowship. Students of publishing, librarianship, and information science, together with early-career professionals in the first four years of employment in the scholarly communications industry, are invited to apply. Check back for next year’s deadline.     ^