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Getting Into Scholarly Publishing

The SSP Career Development Committee focuses on encouraging those who are interested in publishing to consider a career in scholarly publishing and on supporting early-career professionals looking for resources to develop their skills and embrace new opportunities.

The Career Center offers an excellent resource for those seeking positions in the field of scholarly communication. Job seekers can customize searches for open positions, post résumés, and set up job alerts.

In the Professional Profiles section, industry leaders and innovators share stories of how their careers have progressed and illustrate the diverse paths taken by members of what is often called “the accidental profession.”

SSP offers the popular Fellowship Program (formerly Travel Grants program), which helps students and early-career professionals to attend the Annual Meeting and participate in a variety of mentoring and networking events throughout the year. The competition for these coveted awards takes place in the spring of each year, with successful awardees informed in April.

The Professional Skills Map presents the most frequently reported personal characteristics and interpersonal and technical skills that are (a) essential to success and (b) emerging needs for development. This interactive map is the first of its kind in the scholarly publishing space: Users at any career stage can discover roles across scholarly publishing and make direct comparisons about the necessary elements for success.


What has been the benefit of the Society for Scholarly Publishing for you?

What are the essential publishing skills for scholarly publishers?

How do you think scholarly publishing will evolve over the next 5 years?