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08.12.2019 | SSP News & Releases

New Directions Seminar to Explore “the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” in Scholarly Publishing

August 12, 2019 – Mount Laurel, NJ – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) has announced the program for its 2019 New Directions Seminar, now in its third year. This year, SSP will explore ways publishers and industry leaders are creating new business models, new technologies, and new approaches to new challenges through keynote presentations, panel sessions, and roundtable discussions. The seminar will be held October 2-3 in Washington, DC, USA; a discounted virtual registration is available for those who cannot attend in person.

This year’s seminar will highlight “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of current and emerging initiatives in academic publishing. Themes will include some of the most talked-about enterprises in the field, from Plan S and OA2020 to new peer review models and preprint servers, spam journals, and mega journals. The seminar will highlight and emphasize the “good” of these new models, while simultaneously providing constructive deliberation on the “ugly” proposals from the perspective of a variety of stakeholders, including academics, librarians, researchers, and open access advocates.

“The New Directions Seminar is a unique opportunity for members of the scholarly publishing community to gather, discuss, and examine  new trends in the field,” said Melanie Dolechek, SSP Executive Director.

Opening keynote speaker, Rachel Burley (Vice President, Open Publishing Innovations, SpringerNature) will share her thoughts on the “new normal” in publishing. Other seminar highlights include:

  • New OA models and initiatives
  • New tools and services in scholarly indexing and discoverability
  • Current disruptors in academic research
  • Disruptors in peer review interactive session
  • The Scholarly Kitchen Chefs on The Future of Independent and Society Publishing

Details, including the complete list of confirmed speakers, are available now!

Thanks to our sponsors: Web of Science, Ingenta, Librios, and Cadmore Media.


For more information, contact Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director
info@sspnet.org | + 1 856-439-1385

About 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 to discuss common and mutual (and sometimes divergent) goals and viewpoints.

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