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03.31.2021 | SSP News & Releases

Annual Meeting Registration is Open—Download the Preliminary Program now!

SSP 43rd Annual Meeting |  Charting a New Course from Chaos to Innovation | May 24-27, 2021


Join us for our 43rd Annual Meeting, “.” Our first ever fully digital conference invites attendees to catch up on industry trends and network with colleagues in scholarly communications from May 24–27, 2021. Early bird registration rates are available until April 24.

Enjoy a free lunch delivered to your door during the Annual Meeting! and receive a complimentary digital meal voucher from GrubHub, courtesy of our Lunch & Learn sponsors, Aries Systems, Atypon, and SPi Global.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Laura Helmuth
Editor in Chief
Scientific American
Dr. Joseph M. Williams
Associate Professor, Counselor Ed.
University of Virginia
Laura Helmuth is the Editor in Chief of Scientific American. She serves on the boards of High Country News, Spectrum, and SciLine, and she is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication. Joseph Williams is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Virginia. His primary research line focuses on resilience-based interventions and policies that offset the detrimental effect of racism and poverty on the development of K-12 students.

Pre-Meeting Sessions & Features

Books Quickstarter Training A complete overview of the academic books ecosystem, composed of several “modules” touching on all major facets of books publishing—financial skills and business models; marketing, editorial, and production; and the future of books publishing—each led by experts in their respective fields.

Journals Quickstarter Training A complete overview of the academic journals ecosystem, composed of several “modules” touching on all major facets of journals publishing—financial skills and business models; marketing, editorial and production; data and decision making; and the tools and technology of journals publishing —each led by experts in their respective fields.

Charleston Hub Trendspotting Initiative This pre-meeting seminar presents various “provocations” or “what if” scenarios and explores different futures thinking approaches to considering the implications, potential effects on the industry, and reactions to respond to or resist such trends. Join us for robust discussion as we continue shaping and deepening our understandings.

NEW! Community Groups
We are offering a new opportunity for networking this year through . When you register, you may opt into a community group for the duration of the SSP Annual Meeting, composed of up to six people, and including a mix of veteran and first-time SSP Annual Meeting attendees. The group will serve as a participant’s touchstone throughout the conference with informal meetings to check in and discuss trending topics, share experiences, ask questions, or act as a sounding board.

Career Coaching
Participate in a FREE one-on-one 20-minute session. Sessions can focus on professional growth, CV/resume feedback, and sustainable goals beyond the conference.

Marketplace Gallery
Meet with to see what new innovations are being offered by industry service providers. The Marketplace Gallery is accessible throughout the meeting.

Industry Breakout Sessions
Industry thought leaders share advice, case studies, expertise and the latest market solutions in these 20-minute presentations. Live chat with presenters during the sessions.

Small Group Discussions and Informal Networking
Join us in the REMO platform to network casually with your fellow attendees through video and text chat. Interact with attendees and between topics and tables based on your interests.

Structured Networking Sessions
These guided networking sessions provide an opportunity for attendees to interact with one another, discuss shared interests, and meet new people.

Poster Sessions
Virtual posters will be available for viewing throughout the meeting. During the Poster Sessions, you can chat with presenters as you browse the posters on display.

View Program Details

Registration Information

The Annual Meeting begins at 10:30 am ET on Monday, May 24 and includes all education, networking and industry breakout sessions and events through Thursday.

In addition to the selected pre-meeting training sessions, this pass also includes access to the Marketplace Gallery, all Industry Breakout sessions and the Awards Presentation the following week.

Discounted registration rates are available for librarians, students, retired professionals, funders, researchers, low/middle income country residents, and groups.

NEW! Register & Donate When you register securely online, you can also add a donation to the SSP Generations Fund. Help build a vibrant support network for the future professionals with your registration gift, which will benefit SSP’s Fellowship, Mentoring, and Diversity & Inclusion programs.

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

Last chance to secure an exhibit, sponsorship, or advertising opportunity! Don’t miss your chance to get in front of nearly 1000 industry professionals. View the or contact for more information!

Thank you to our current sponsors:

Diamond Level Sponsorship

Platinum Level Sponsorship

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Silver Level Sponsorship

Industry Partners

Media Sponsors

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