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01.15.2019 | SSP News & Releases

Society for Scholarly Publishing to organize pre-conference at UKSG 2019 in Telford

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is organizing a pre-conference for Sunday, April 7, the day immediately preceding UKSG’s 42nd Annual Conference and Exhibition at the Telford International Centre.

UKSG is a charitable organization offering educational programs to members of the scholarly communication and knowledge communities, including librarians, researchers, funders, and publishers. Attendees of the UKSG annual conference come together to discuss current trends and issues of interest, including new technologies, publishing ethics, accessibility, and open access models.

The theme of the SSP pre-conference is We’re Not Who We Used to Be’: Shifting Relationship Dynamics and Imbalances in an Open Access World. With representation from publishers, libraries, funders, intermediaries and the author-researcher community itself, the pre-conference will provide analysis and case studies of changing roles and interrelationships across the scholarly community in the face of shifting OA business models.

Speakers at the pre-conference include researchers, policymakers, librarians, and academics:

  • Rob Johnson, Director, Research Consulting Limited
  • Jess Wade, Researcher, Imperial College London
  • Rachel Frick, Executive Director, OCLC Research Library Partnership
  • Rachael Lammey, Head of Community Outreach, CrossRef
  • Matthijs van Otegem – Erasmus University, Rotterdam and Chair of Open Access Working Group, LIBER
  • Marion Bolan – Head of Research Policy, Science Foundation Ireland

Ann Michael, CEO of Delta Think, Scholarly Kitchen chef, and former SSP president, will moderate.

“This is our first time organizing a pre-conference with UKSG, and we’re very excited,” said Mary Beth Barilla, SSP Program Director. “It’s a great opportunity for us to bring SSP educational programming to a wider audience. With a mix of presentations and round-table discussions, the pre-conference will complement UKSG’s meeting program with practical lessons that attendees can use in future planning around OA models and mandates.”

Both the SSP pre-conference and UKSG Annual Conference will be held at the Telford International Centre in scenic Shropshire. To review a more detailed program for the pre-conference and to register, please visit https://customer.sspnet.org/ssp/Events/ssp/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=UKSG042019.

For hotel reservations in Telford: www.reservation-highway.co.uk/uksg19

Space is limited, so register soon to guarantee your place. Those who register by March 1, 2019 will receive a 25% discount on pre-conference registration. The conference hashtag is #UKSG19.


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.

About UKSG – UKSG’s mission is to connect the knowledge community through publications and events, supporting discussion and progression of the issues facing UKSG members. The UKSG Annual Conference attracts almost 1,000 delegates from across the global knowledge community, including librarians, publishers and intermediaries. It provides an outstanding forum for discussing trends, showcasing initiatives, finding out about current practice across sectors, and connecting with other professionals.

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