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01.15.2020 | SSP News & Releases

Save the Date – SSP 42nd Annual Meeting Tracks and Highlights Announced!

January 14, 2020 – Mt. Laurel, NJ – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) 42nd Annual Meeting, “Rethink, Reimagine, & Revolutionize the Future of Scholarly Communication,” is nearly here! Join us May 27-29, 2020, in Boston, MA, to catch up on industry trends and network with colleagues in scholarly communications.

Inspired by the rich history of our host city, SSP’s 42nd Annual Meeting aims to focus on revolution in a rapidly changing industry. Tremendous challenges and opportunities face our community. How will we, as scholarly communication professionals, reimagine ourselves to respond to the changes happening across the world? Subjects such as equity and inclusion, ethics, artificial intelligence, and open access mandates provide both opportunities and challenges. How do we ensure the inclusion of different perspectives and experiences as we forge a future path? 

The SSP Annual Meeting Programming Committee is excited to announce the following tracks:

  • Tools & Technology: The world of scholarly communication will always rely heavily on technology. Sessions will focus on the latest developments in tools and infrastructure underlying the sharing of scholarship. 
  • Culture of Change: Our community is changing in ways big and small, thinking in new ways about diversity, accessibility, and inclusion, to name just a few.
  • External Pressures: The business of scholarly communication has been facing significant transformations, and more are anticipated. Sessions will discuss challenges and evaluate possible solutions.
  • Marketing, Sales, & Strategy: The market for scholarly communication continues to grow. Evolving strategies to develop new products, reach new audiences, and find new ways to make research relevant to the world will be increasingly critical. 
  • Professional Development: We recognize that the SSP Annual Meeting serves as an essential source for ongoing learning and education within our community. Sessions aim to explore this area through innovative ways.
  • &…: We often receive excellent submissions that stand-alone—proposals with strong content that don’t fit into one of the set tracks. This track will be a grab bag of these sessions. Ethics, early career issues, best practices in editorial and production, library concerns, or anything else! 

In addition to choosing from several interest areas, attendees won’t want to miss these additional meeting highlights:

  • NEW! Pre-meeting Journal Publishing Training: An all-day session on May 27 offering multiple modules specific to journal issues.

  • NEW! Poster Session: Highlighting unconventional thinking or innovation in publishing.

  • Networking: Attendees will enjoy ample opportunities for meeting colleagues and sharing ideas at evening receptions, interactive lunches, and other events.
  • Exhibitors Marketplace: Our popular exhibit hall provides a central area to learn about new products, programs, services, and solutions.
  • Bonus Content: Registration includes free sponsored sessions on Wednesday afternoon. Plan to arrive early to take advantage of this additional content provided by industry knowledge experts.

Have fresh ideas or the latest tech that you want to share? There’s still time to participate in our Annual Meeting! Submissions for the brand new Poster Session and the ever-popular Previews Session close January 31! Visit the submission pages to learn more.

In the past decades, significant shifts in revenue models, technology, and market changes have forced revolutions in our industry. This spring in Boston, we will challenge ourselves to drive the change that we think is necessary to ensure that scholarly communication continues to thrive. Join our lively community of publishers, librarians, service providers, academics, technologists, and others from around the world with a stake in how scholarship is shared as we rethink, reimagine, and revolutionize our future.

Registration opens in early February. Visit our Annual Meeting homepage for more details.


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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