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08.14.2020 | SSP News & Releases

SSP Announces 2020 New Directions in Scholarly Publishing Seminar: Community, Collaboration, and Crisis

August 14, 2020 – Mount Laurel, NJ – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) has announced the program for its fourth annual New Directions Seminar in Scholarly Publishing, happening online from September 30 to October 1.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Directions Seminar explores community, collaboration, and crisis. Learn critical new ways publishers and industry leaders can continue to support academic peer-reviewed research and the entire scholarly publishing ecosystem.

Expect interactive panel discussions, dynamic keynote speakers, and debate surrounding some of the most talked-about enterprises in the field. Session topics include the emerging use (and subsequent policing) of preprints, and academic publishing after a global pandemic.

“The rapid spread of COVID-19 research has brought scholarly publishing into sharp focus, including all of the successes and challenges our industry faces,” said Executive Director Melanie Dolechek. “We hope this year’s New Directions seminar will provide a necessary platform for discourse as we redefine what community and collaboration mean for scholarly publishing.”

Keynote speaker, British geneticist, and the first female editor-in-chief of Nature, Magdalena Skipper, will share what she has learned and navigated as an editorial leader during the COVID-19 pandemic. More seminar highlights include:

  • An Opening Discussion with Chefs from The Scholarly Kitchen
  • Cancelled, Postponed, Reimagined: New Directions in Participating in Academic Conferences
  • Navigating the “New Normal” of Academic Publishing
  • Supporting Researchers, Not Just Their Research
  • Preprints: Testing Science’s Need for Speed Limits
  • New Directions in Tools, Visibility, and Findability of Research

Early registration discounts are available until August 31, 2020. Additional discount options are available, including discounted bulk registration packages. Details, including the complete list of confirmed speakers, are available now!

SSP would like to thank New Directions seminar sponsors, Ingenta, American Geophysical Union, ARPHA, and Cenveo. Additional thanks to virtual platform sponsor, Wolters Kluwer.


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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