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06.17.2020 | SSP News & Releases

Society for Scholarly Publishing Launches Professional Skills Map

June 17, 2020 – Mt. Laurel, NJ – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is excited to share its first interactive career development tool built from industry data. The Professional Skills Map is the first of its kind in the scholarly publishing space: Users at any career stage can discover roles across scholarly publishing and make direct comparisons about the necessary elements for success.

Respondents were asked to share the type of organization they were affiliated with, the business area for their current role, their title, and years in the industry. Respondents were then asked to identify multiple personal characteristics and skills affiliated with their current position and future career development. Using data from 235 individuals, the mapping tool draws correlations between respondents’ current roles and their self-reported areas of strength and desired development. The results allow users to see patterns in roles across organizations or departments.

The Professional Skills Map aims to guide scholarly publishing professionals across industries and career levels in recognizing their personal strengths and interpersonal and technical skills, and then map those skills to roles across the industry, empowering them to explore potential career paths they may not have previously considered.

The SSP Career Development Committee aims to repeat the survey on an annual basis in order to capture a larger share of respondents across diverse functions, which will allow the map to remain current and responsive to industry trends.


About the Society for Scholarly Publishing 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.

Contact Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director | info@sspnet.org | 303-422-3914

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