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09.27.2021 | SSP News & Releases

Seminar Preview | New Directions in Scholarly Publishing

(Part 1 of 2) It’s the 5th anniversary of our New Directions in Scholarly Publishing Seminar!  Join us for two days of informative discussion and networking opportunities – registration is open with bulk attendance discounts available. 

SSP New Directions Virtual Seminar
How to Move Fast and Not Break Things: Balancing High-Speed Outputs at the Risk of Slamming on the Brakes
Wednesday October 6, 2021 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM EDT
Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:30 AM – 1:45 PM EDT

Over two days, SSP’s 2021 New Directions Seminar will take a deep dive into the breakneck speed in which our industry is currently transitioning, transforming, and evolving, while also recognizing and highlighting the limits (and uncomfortable consequences) of moving too quickly.  Seminar organizer Sophie Reisz, vice president at Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers, has put together a program with topics including:

  • A Whole New Word: Scholarship Under Fire
  • Preprints and New Content
  • New Directions in Open Access
  • Impact Factor Updates
  • Funds, Funders, Funding
  • New Directions in Tools for Discoverability, Findability, Shareability, and Impact
  • Plus time for networking!

Explore full conference details, including moderator and speaker information.

Sophie was kind enough to share some thoughts about what she is looking forward to.

Can you tell us a bit about how the program came together? 

As we began planning the 2021 New Directions Seminar earlier this year, it was clear to the Committee that the industry was (and still is) experiencing a pivotal flash of dynamic change. Everything in the academic publishing industry seemed to be moving at alarming speeds – from new directions in preprints, open access, funding support and new policies, impact factor updates, new metrics to determine article influence, time to publication, peer review oversight, and new technologies emerging every day, it all made our heads spin! The entire team was abuzz with excitement and our wonderful team member Ben Mudrak suggested the title: “How to Move Fast and Not Break Things” which encompassed everything we wanted to cover as a theme of the seminar this year. How can we continue this momentum of growth without overlooking essential models that have allowed us to get here in the first place? And, how can we, as forward-thinking participants in the industry, encourage and adhere to these new directions in order to support the greatest possible outcomes? And, so, the program came together beautifully after that, allowing us to focus on shaping the Seminar around covering emerging trends, happenings, and new technologies and approaches, while also providing insightful discussion around keeping momentum while (hopefully) not causing any major delays, oversights, or crashes.

What do you hope attendees will take away from the event?

We hope attendees will depart the virtual meeting having learned something new, knowing more about the many new directions taking place within the academic publishing industry, and being eager to continue to learn more about the various priority discussions that took place during the event. The main goal of the New Directions Seminar is to be informative and interactive, and so we hope each and every attendee has the opportunity to learn, engage, and continue the conversations for many weeks and months to come. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Watch this space for part two of this interview on Thursday or register to attend!

Thank you to our New Directions sponsors: Access InnovationsAtyponCadmore MediaeJournal PressImpact JournalsJack Farrell & AssociatesSilverchair, Straive, and Taylor & Francis

News contribution by SSP member, Nicola Poser. Nicola is Director of Marketing And Sales at the American Mathematical Society.

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