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09.21.2020 | SSP News & Releases

New Directions Flash Sale – ONE DAY ONLY!

Mark your calendar! On Wednesday, September 23, we are bringing back early bird rates for our New Directions seminar for one day only!

The 2020 SSP New Directions Seminar in Scholarly Publishing will explore important new ways in which publishers and industry leaders can continue to support academic peer-reviewed research and the entire academic publishing ecosystem, especially in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

Join us for this live virtual event happening next week – September 30 and October 1. See the program below or click here for full details. Discounted bulk registration packages are available for 5 or more viewers across multiple locations.

New Directions in Scholarly Publishing: Community, Collaboration, and Crisis

10:00 am – 5:15 pm EDT September 30, 2020
10:00 am – 4:15 pm EDT October 1, 2020

The seminar will be an essential resource for all levels of academic publishing professionals, librarians, researchers, academicians, industry leaders, and corporate-level executives that work within the academic publishing arena, and will provide a necessary platform of solidarity as we move forward together to define and develop important new directions in scholarly publishing.   

Day 1 – Wednesday, September 30, 2020

10:00 am EDT | Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:15 am – 11:15 am EDT | Setting the Stage for New Directions: An Opening Discussion with the Chefs
A panel of Scholarly Kitchen Chefs kicks off the seminar with a lively discussion of how organizations are collaborating, communicating, and innovating, both internally and externally, during a time of change and uncertainty with no clear end in sight. Representing the views of a variety of stakeholders, the Chefs will explore how various organizations and institutions are supporting their workforces, furthering academic research, and addressing a number of emerging trends emerging in scholarly communications. Mindful of the opportunities as well as challenges arising from the “new normal,” they will also discuss how organizations can foster agility and resilience moving forward. Join us for this excellent introduction to the seminar and buckle up for an informative and meaningful program of talks ahead.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT | Navigating the “New Normal” of Academic Publishing
Segueing from the insights offered by the Chefs, this dynamic panel discussion will explore how the greater academic publishing community can constructively confront uncertainty in ways that ensure a more positive, inclusive future for our industry and our scientific communities. Speakers will offer useful new insights into how scholarly communications professionals can use this “new normal” to maximize opportunities across the ecosystem of academic publishing.

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm EDT | Cancelled, Postponed, Reimagined: New Directions in Participating in Academic Conferences
Academic conferences are a fundamental platform for communicating research, networking, revenue generation, and more. In the wake of a global health crisis, organizations have had to adapt, experimenting with virtual ways to meet, connect, and share. Our panelists will discuss the challenges and limitations that an online format brings, as well as some of the ways in which the pivot to virtual may change academic conferences for the better.

4:00 pm EDT – 5:15 pm EDT | Supporting Researchers, Not Just Their Research
As scholarly publishing professionals, we often ask ourselves what we can do to support our authors, editors, peer reviewers, and readers. These questions and considerations are at the forefront of our minds as we work towards navigating new directions in scholarly publishing. Panelists for this session will discuss the systemic and societal issues that challenge researchers, as well as how our industry can create bridges rather than barriers. 


Day 2 – Thursday, October 1, 2020

10:00 am EDT | Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:15 am – 11:15 am EDT | Keynote
A British geneticist and the first female editor-in-chief of Nature, Magdalena Skipper is a household name in the academic publishing community. In her keynote address, Magdalena will emphasize what she has noticed, understood, learned, and navigated as an editorial leader during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on new directions in academic publishing since the pandemic emerged and touching on the cultural discussions of diversity and inclusion currently taking place around the world.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm EDT | Preprints: Testing Science’s Need for Speed Limits
It’s more and more common these days to hear about preprints—on NPR, in the New York Times, or on the evening news. The general public, like researchers before them, is absorbing scientific and medical developments at record speed. But what are the risks and challenges that come with this speedy sharing of experimental results? Join our expert panel for a discussion about new initiatives and varied perspectives around preprints. How widely are researchers taking advantage of this new venue for sharing early results? How does this differ by discipline?

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm EDT | New Directions in Tools, Visibility, and Findability of Research
An engaging panel of experts will creatively present the tools and technology that will lead to new directions in academic publishing. Ranging from emerging Artificial Intelligence-based tools to Open Science Tools, preprint tools, and more, this team of panelists will discuss new ways of addressing current challenges faced by the industry.

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