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09.13.2018  |  SSP News & Releases

Society for Scholarly Publishing and Frankfurter Buchmesse Collaborate for 2018 Book Fair

September 14, 2018 Wheat Ridge, CO – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is collaborating with Frankfurter Buchmesse to bring SSP and The Scholarly Kitchen programming to the Academic and Business Information Stage in Hall 4.2 at the Frankfurt Book Fair this fall.

Fair attendees are invited to attend two insightful sessions exploring forthcoming industry developments along with a showcase of global and diversity excellence. This event is free to all Fair attendees on 10 October 2018, from 8:45 am to 11:00 am and includes a complimentary breakfast.

“This collaboration provides an ideal opportunity for SSP to expand its professional development programs to an international audience,” said Melanie Dolechek, SSP Executive Director. “We are delighted to be working with Frankfurter Buchmesse and look forward to connecting with scholarly communications professionals from around the world.”

In the first session, What’s Hot and Cooking in Scholarly and Academic Publishing?, The Scholarly Kitchen Chefs will explore what’s next in scholarly communications and separate the hype from reality regarding forthcoming industry developments in a lighting round format. Attendees will hear their insightful perspectives about the latest trends and potential challenges facing scholarly and academic publishers today. Speakers include: David Crotty, Executive Editor, The Scholarly Kitchen and Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press; Angela Cochran, Associate Editor, The Scholarly Kitchen and Journals Director at the American Society of Civil Engineers; Robert Harington, Associate Executive Director, Publishing at the American Mathematical Society; Roger C. Schonfeld, Director of Ithaka S+R’s Library and Scholarly Communication Program; Todd Carpenter, Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO); and Michael Clarke, Managing Partner at Clarke & Esposito.

The second session, the Global Excellence and Diversity Showcase, will feature representatives from Latin America, Asia and Africa—regions that are often overshadowed in today’s Western dominated media/ecosystem—who will highlight success stories from their communities in the areas of authorship, publishing and metrics, innovation, and outreach. Focusing on the strengths and opportunities for scholarly publishing in their regions, the panelists will demonstrate how a globally inclusive and diverse ecosystem benefits the whole scholarly publishing community. Speakers include: Veronica Klipp, Publisher at Wits University Press; Andrew Joseph, Digital Publisher at Wits University Press; Cathy Holland, Business Development Manager, Publishing, Digital Science; Aadi Narayana Varma Dantuluri, Head of Product & Innovation and (Co-Founder) Profeza; and YUN Wei, Director of Economics and Management Division, Social Sciences Academic Press (China), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Adrian Stanley, Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) President, and Vice President, Global Development at Digital Science and Heather Ruland Staines, Ph.D, Director of Partnerships at Hypothes.is will moderate.

“We are excited to partner with SSP and TSK for the first time in October 2018. They have created this new, compelling format for the global academic and scholarly publishing community in Hall 4.2, one of the strongest groups of exhibitors and trade visitors at the Fair,” said Robert Liebermann, Director Strategic Marketing, Frankfurter Buchmesse. “We are looking forward to learning from and interacting with industry-renowned speakers and invite all visitors to join us early for a complimentary business networking breakfast, which starts on Wednesday, at 8:45 a.m.”

Please note: The Fair opens at 8:45 and it takes about 10 minutes to get to Hall 4.2; to enter early from 8:30 a.m., simply inform the staff at the entry point that you want to attend the SSP conference in Hall 4.2.

The Fair is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. For book fans from all over the world and the international publishing and media industry, it will once again be all about printed and digital content and the relevant topics for the coming year. The book fair is the most important international marketplace for content, as well as a key trendsetter for society and a major cultural festival. 

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 focus groups to hear the latest trends from respected colleagues and to discuss common and mutual (and sometimes divergent) goals and viewpoints.

For more information, contact:
Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director
info@sspnet.org | 303 422 3914

About the Frankfurter Buchmesse – The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,300 exhibitors from 102 countries, around 286,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and approximately 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Frankfurter Buchmesse has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. With its Business Club, the Frankfurter Buchmesse offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. Founded in 2016, THE ARTS+ is a business festival for creatives, investors, publishers, museums and tech companies that takes place at Frankfurter Buchmesse. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.

For more information, contact:
Press & Corporate Communications, Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-46 138, press@book-fair.com
Kathrin Grün, Head of PR and Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-46 170, gruen@book-fair.com
Ines Bachor, PR Manager, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-46 189, bachor@book-fair.com

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