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09.27.2022 | SSP News & Releases

GW Ethics in Publishing Conference 2022 Registration Open

The 12th GW Ethics in Publishing Conference schedule is posted, and registration is now open!

The theme of the 2022 Ethics in Publishing Conference is “Ethics in Action,” and it will be held Friday, October 14th, 2022, 9:00 am to 5:15 pm EST, in a hybrid format, with in-person and online presenters and attendees. Registration is free of charge, both in-person and virtual!

We are fortunate to have a wonderful lineup of speakers and topics on the theme of Ethics in Action, on topics such as diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, gatekeeping in publishing, representation, open access, mentorship and more. Our plenary will feature Kimberly Ayers Shariff, Executive Vice President, Director of Strategy for Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Penguin Random House, in conversation with Tina Donnelly, recent graduate of the MPS in Publishing program. Members of the Association of University Presses, Society of Scholarly Publishing, Library Publishing Coalition, and Association of American Publishers, as well as students and alumni of both the MPS in Publishing at GW and the MA in Book Publishing at Portland State University are among our presenters. We hope to see you there. Please RSVP for the in-person event only if you plan to attend in-person in Washington, DC.; seating is limited and we will form a waiting list after 80 RSVPs.

RSVP as an attendee for the In-Person Event | RSVP as an attendee for the Virtual Conference

We intend to record all sessions, subject to the preference of individual presenters.

In-person Conference Location:

National Churchill Leadership Center
Gelman Library, George Washington University
2130 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

Hosted by: Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program at the George Washington University


The Association of University Presses (AUPresses)
The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)
The Association of American Publishers (AAP)

Conference page: https://gwpress.manifoldapp.org/projects/12th-gw-ethics-in-publishing-conference

Schedule:  https://gwpress.manifoldapp.org/read/2022-ethics-conference-schedule

Conference Schedule (subject to change):

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2022 | 9:00 am – 5:15 pm

9:15 am – Welcome and Opening Remarks

Puja Telikicherla, Licensing and Subsidiary Rights Manager, American Psychiatric Association
John W. Warren, Director and Associate Professor, Publishing, George Washington University

9:15 am – Plenary

  • Equity in Action: From Corporate Initiatives to Team Practices
    Kimberly Ayers Shariff, Executive Vice President, Director of Strategy for Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Penguin Random House
    Moderator: Tina Donnelly, MPS, Managing Editorial Assistant, Penguin Random House

10:15 am – Representation and Editorial Boards

  • Building an Open Editorial Board
    Anand Balasubramani, Journal Development Editor, American Society for Microbiology
    Adrianna Borgia, Managing Editor, American Society for Microbiology
  • Not Checking a Box: Establishing DEI as a Foundation of the American Urological Association’s Flagship Journal
    Jennifer Regala, Director of Publications/Executive Editor, American Urological Association

11:00 am – Access and Open Monographs

  • A “Third Way” to Sustainable Open Access Publishing
    John Sherer, Director, University of North Carolina Press
    Sharla Lair, Senior Strategist, Open Access and Scholarly Communication Initiatives, LYRASIS
    Rebecce Seger, Vice President, Institutional Participation and Strategic Partnerships, ITHAKA
    Lisa Croucher, Executive Director of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN)

11:50 am-12:50 pm – Lunch Break

12:50 pm – Afternoon Welcome/Remarks

1:00 pm – Action in Accessibility

  • An Intersectional look at Disability in the U.S. Publishing Industry Workplace
    Rachel Done Cubillas, MA (expected June 2023) Book Publishing, Portland State University
  • Publishing Accessibility Support Systems
    Isabella Green, MPS (expected June 2023), Project Manager, Pubvendo
  • Accessibility and the Idea of Belonging
    John G. Samuel, Co-Founder and CEO, Ablr

2:15 pm – Gatekeeping and DEIA

  • Ethical Mentorship: Bringing Early-Career to the Table (Paths in Publishing)
    Rachael Levay, Editor-in-Chief, University Press of Colorado
    Allegra Martschenko, Acquisitions Editor, University Press of Colorado
    Brian Halley, Senior Editor, University of Massachusetts Press   
  • Taking Action to Interrupt Racism in the Scholarly Publishing Industry (C4DISC)
    Alejandra Mejía, Assistant Editor, Duke University Press
    Martha Anderson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Head of Digital Services, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Libraries

3:15 pm – Peer Review and Preservation

  • Reducing Bias in Peer Review Through Automated Authorship Checks
    Cynthia Hudson Vitale, Director, Scholars & Scholarship, Association of Research Libraries; Co-Founder, Ripeta
  • Journal Preservation: What Should be Included?
    Johanna Meetz, Publishing and Repository Services Librarian, Ohio State University 

4:15 pm – Gatekeeping and Trade Publishing

  • Systemic Barriers That Exclude BIPOC Authors From Literary Awards and the Proposed Solutions to Evoke Change
    Devyn Yan Radke, MA, Communications Manager, WildBlue Press
  • Gatekeeping in Publishing
    Tina Donnelly, MPS, Managing Editorial Assistant, Penguin Random House

5:00 pm – Closing Remarks


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