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11.17.2020 | SSP News & Releases

Ex Ordo to Manage SSP Annual Meeting Call for Proposals

November 17, 2020 – Mt. Laurel, NJ – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) will use Ex Ordo to manage the call for proposals for its 43rd Annual Meeting, to be held May 24– 27, 2021. The meeting theme is “Charting a New Course from Chaos to Innovation,” and it is the Society’s first annual meeting to be designed as a “virtual first” event.

The annual meeting typically receives well over 100 submissions, and SSP expects a similar or even greater number of proposals in 2021, given that submissions will not be limited to those who can travel. In recent years, the number of possible submission types has also expanded, growing to include 5-minute preview sessions as well as poster sessions. For 2021, SSP leadership as well as the Annual Meeting Program Committee co-chairs, Lori Carlin, Yael Fitzgerald, and Cason Lynley, agreed to consider a new system designed especially with conferences in mind, focused not only on the submission and review process, but also on program development, schedule creation, and speaker management.

Earlier this year, Ex Ordo, based in Galway, Ireland, responded to SSP’s Request for Proposal for in-kind abstract management services in exchange for various sponsorship benefits. After reviewing a number of strong candidates, the selection committee agreed that Ex Ordo’s system best fit the needs of the Annual Meeting Program Committee and SSP staff. The Ex Ordo platform enables meeting organizers to easily manage submissions and assign reviewers; communicate with submitters, reviewers, and speakers; generate reports; and create a meeting program and schedule.

“We were drawn to Ex Ordo’s abstract management system because its interface is very user friendly, not just for the submitter, but also for the administrator,” said Mary Beth Barilla, SSP Program Director. “It has been easy to customize the submission site for our needs, and we appreciate its versatility in accommodating different submission types.”

The Annual Meeting Call for Proposals opened on November 10, 2020. Information about each of the three proposal types—educational sessions, five-minute preview sessions, and poster sessions— as well as the deadline for submitting a proposal, can be found on our website.


About the Society for Scholarly Publishing The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field. SSP members represent all aspects of scholarly publishing—including publishers, printers, e-products developers, technical service providers, librarians, and editors. SSP members come from a wide range of large and small commercial and nonprofit organizations. They meet at SSP’s annual meetings, educational seminars, and regional events to hear the latest trends from respected colleagues and discuss common and mutual (and sometimes divergent) goals and viewpoints.

Contact Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director | info@sspnet.org | 303-422-3914

About Ex Ordo The team at Ex Ordo designs software for technical, scholarly, and professional conferences. Their end-to-end platform includes tools for managing abstract submissions, handling complex review processes, registering delegates, planning interactive online conferences, and more. Event organisers and association professionals around the globe use Ex Ordo’s online conference platform to deliver great experiences to their communities. You can learn more by visiting https://www.exordo.com.

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