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11.20.2019 | SSP News & Releases

Philly Regional Event Preview | It’s an Open World: A Round Table Event

Join SSP’s Philadelphia Regional group on December 9 for “It’s an Open World: A Round Table Event” at the American Association for Cancer Research. Registration for the event remains open with a discount available for SSP members.


Open Access and its numerous business models have dominated much of the dialogue in scholarly publishing the past few years. Drawing on the experience of participants, SSP Philly seeks to uncover best practices and what to expect with new OA dynamics.

Philadelphia has a long history of publishing. Come learn from your colleagues’ experiences, ideas, and recommendations about this new open world. Begin the evening by mingling over food and drink, and then rotating into 30-minute group discussions across four roundtables, choosing from the following topics:

  • Plan S & Transformative Agreements
  • Data Sharing Policies & Tools
  • Preprint Repositories & Academic Social Networking Sites
  • Open Access in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Tell us a little more about the Philadelphia committee and your goals for this event.

The SSP Philly team comprises members from all parts of the scholarly publishing ecosystem including researchers, librarians, funders, service providers, consultants, and publishers. We have representatives across all career phases, disciplines, and functions, and we take pride in being able to examine this complex ecosystem from different perspectives and experiences.

Our goals for this event are:

  • To foster conversation among different stakeholders in scholarly communications on important topics we all face
  • To share with one another new business models, tactics, and market changes
  • To network and meet people in our locality and build professional connections

Why did you choose roundtables as the event format?

We chose the topic of an “Open World” because this model has continued to build momentum in recent years and we have all experimented with different methods to achieve some form of open access. Each roundtable addresses a different aspect of openness – open content, open data, open platforms, new agreements, and Plan S.

We chose roundtables as our format because we know that attendees will bring a wealth of experiences, use cases, and questions that will be engaging and fun to share.  Rather than have a table of panelists to pepper with questions, we want attendees to talk to one another about what has worked and where they continue to see challenges.

Who should attend? 

Everyone who has an interest in scholarly publishing! We hope to see a lot of old and new colleagues there! The concept of an “Open World” applies to all aspects of the scholarly publishing ecosystem, so come share what you know or bring your questions.

Click here to register now. Thank you to our sponsors, Editage, Ingenta, Edanz Group, and Wolters Kluwer.


News contribution by SSP members, Marianne Calihanna and Bonnie Gruber. Marianne is the Vice President of Marketing at Data Conversion Laboratory. Bonnie is a Partner and Practice Director at Delta Think.

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