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10.15.2019 | SSP News & Releases

SSP 42nd Annual Meeting Call for Proposals Now Open!

SSP 42nd Annual Meeting | May 27-29, 2020 | Westin Waterfront | Boston, MA

October 15, 2019 – Mt. Laurel, NJ – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) 42nd Annual Meeting – Rethink, Reimagine, & Revolutionize the Future of Scholarly Communication, happening May 27-29, 2020 in Boston, MA, is now accepting session proposals.

Inspired by the rich history of SSP’s 2020 host city, SSP’s 2020 Annual Meeting hopes to explore a range of revolutions as they apply to our community. Equity and inclusion, ethics, artificial intelligence, and open access mandates provide both opportunities and challenges for the community as a whole.

This year’s concurrent track themes aim to address several large domains that will influence the revolution:

  • Tools & Technology: The latest developments in the mechanisms and infrastructure underlying the sharing of scholarship.
  • Culture of Change: Exploring the outcome of shifts in diversity, accessibility, inclusion, and more.
  • External Pressures: Collaboratively evaluate major transformations and possible solutions to the business of scholarly communication.
  • Marketing, Sales, & Strategy: Evolving strategies to develop new products, reach new audiences, and find new ways to make research relevant to the world.
  • Professional Development: Ongoing learning and education is a critical component of adapting to our changing landscape.
  • &…: Proposals with strong content that don’t fit into one of the set tracks – ethics, early career issues, best practices in editorial and production, library concerns, or anything else, we want to see it!

Submissions drive our track and session offering, so if you have a particular area of interest you want to see covered, please consider submitting a proposal! All proposals must be submitted through the ScholarOne abstract submission system – a sincere THANK YOU to Clarivate Analytics for their sponsorship of SSP’s proposal submission system.


Submit your proposals for concurrent sessions now through November 15.

Proposals for sponsored sessions are being accepted now through January 10.


This year, we will also be accepting proposals for poster presentations! Posters provide an opportunity for information to be displayed and available to all attendees. Poster authors will also be able to discuss their poster’s content with attendees in one-on-one or small group conversations. The call for poster proposals will open next month.

Please note: The pre-meeting seminars are being developed separately from the proposal process, so we will not be accepting submissions for those. But please stay tuned for more information about those offerings!

In addition to proposals that speak to the meeting topic and tracks, we also welcome creative, non-thematic submissions. Proposed sessions should describe how the content will engage SSP’s audience with vital information, get attendees thinking in new ways, and involve a diverse set of speakers across subject areas.

Additionally, we are excited to invite sponsors and exhibitors to share their message with nearly 850-950 attendees. The Exhibit and Sponsor Prospectus outlines the many opportunities you have to reach this important market, including exhibits, sponsorships, advertising, and media distributions.


This spring, we will challenge ourselves to rethink and reimagine the changes necessary to ensure scholarly communication continues to thrive.


Meeting Highlights:

  • Networking: Attendees enjoy ample opportunities for meeting colleagues and sharing ideas at evening receptions, interactive lunches, and other events.
  • Exhibitors Marketplace: Our popular exhibit hall provides a central area to learn about new products, programs, services, and solutions.
  • Bonus Content: Registration includes free sponsored sessions on Wednesday afternoon. Arrive early to take advantage of this additional content provided by industry experts.

More information, including how to submit a proposal, is available on the SSP 42nd Annual Meeting site or visit a link below:

2020 Annual Meeting Submission Guidelines
2020 Sponsored Session Guidelines
2020 Sponsor and Exhibit Information

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


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.

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