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09.23.2020 | SSP News & Releases

New Directions 2020 Flash Sale and Seminar Preview

Join us for this live virtual event happening next week – September 30 and October 1. We are excited to offer early registration rates again 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.

Discounted bulk registration packages are available for 5 or more viewers across multiple locations. Register now!

This year each of us has been tasked to undertake a new direction. The 2020 New Directions in Scholarly Publishing seminar brings together all the players in our ecosystem with the overlay of these times to discuss the relevance of community and collaboration.

Who is the intended audience? Who should attend?

The New Directions seminar is relevant for everyone in the scholarly publishing ecosystem whether they work for a small society, a commercial publisher, or a service/technology provider. However, this year’s program also provides something for those on the researcher side. Ultimately our industry serves the researchers, the scientists, the academics, and the scholars. The closing session on day 1, “Supporting Researchers, Not Just Their Research,” comprises researchers, professors, PhD candidates, and university directors to share how we can more effectively address their needs and build bridges to publishing their work rather than barriers.

Invite your editorial board, students, and peer reviewers to register for New Directions!

What are the goals for this event? What can attendees expect in terms of format?

The goals for the New Directions seminar is of course knowledge dissemination but also community building. It is easy to get mired down in our day to day deadlines. Stepping away from one screen to open a virtual meeting indeed provides a respite and allows us to learn from others and perform better when we return to the daily tasks. Additionally, it’s likely that you crave more human interaction these days. The New Directions seminar provides a way to extend your network and make new connections. In some ways, it’s easier than ever to meet people outside of your main lane.

What do the selected speakers bring to the discussion?

The virtual nature of the New Directions Seminar brings together a truly exceptional set of speakers that may not have been able to make an in-person event:

So many chefs! A panel of Scholarly Kitchen Chefs kicks off the seminar. Moderated by Chef Lettie Conrad four other Scholarly Kitchen chefs get together for an open discussion
Haseeb Irfanullah, Independent Consultant – Environment, Climate Change, and Research System, Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies
Alice Meadows, Director of Community Engagement, NISO
Charlie Rapple, Co-Founder, Kudos

The British geneticist and the first female editor-in-chief of Nature, Magdalena Skipper will kick off day 2 with a keynote that shares her keen insights of what she has experienced leading Nature during a global pandemic.

SSP would like to thank New Directions seminar sponsors, IngentaAmerican Geophysical UnionARPHA, and KnowledgeWorks. Additional thanks to virtual platform sponsor, Wolters Kluwer.

Click here to view the full program and register now!

News contribution by SSP member, Marianne Calilhanna. Marianne is the Vice President of Marketing for Data Conversion Laboratory.

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