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08.21.2018  |  SSP News & Releases

SSP New Directions Seminar September 25-26, 2018

August 22, 2018 – Wheat Ridge, CO – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) New Directions Seminar has been expanded for 2018. Through speaker presentations, panel sessions, roundtables, and a lively debate session, SSP will explore new ways in which publishers are combining new strategies, new technology, and new approaches to their communities to meet today’s challenges. The seminar will be held September 25-26, 2018, in Washington, DC, USA. Virtual registration is also available for those who prefer.

Topics will include organizations using collaboration as a competitive strategy, the new pressures of “publish or perish” in light of the changing definition of what counts toward scholarly productivity, and the new requirement for scientists and scholars to tell their stories beyond academia – to policy-makers and the public – to ensure the greatest societal impact.

The keynote session features Lettie Conrad, Affiliate Associate, Product Research and Development, Maverick Publishing Specialists. Conrad will draw on her experiences as the North American Editor of Learned Publishing, an active Scholarly Kitchen chef, and a doctoral candidate at Queensland University of Technology (via San Jose State’s iSchool) to help us sort the nutritious wheat from the overhyped chaff: Everywhere is talk of the Next Big Thing. Is it blockchain, a coming tsunami of Big Deal cancellations, workflow management, new Big Deals that include APC subventions – or something else entirely? Are there putative trends to which we’re paying too much attention and dark-horse developments to which we’re paying too little?

Other seminar highlights include:

  • Three panel discussions
    • Collaborating to Compete
    • New Ways of Counting Researcher Contribution
    • Science and (Social Science) Communication as Storytelling
  • Oxford Debate on the role of artificial intelligence in peer review
  • Networking with your colleagues in scholarly publishing

“The New Directions Seminar is a unique opportunity for members of the scholarly publishing community to gather to discuss and examine many of the important new directions in the field,” said Melanie Dolechek, SSP Executive Director. 

Details, including the complete list of confirmed speakers, are available at https://bit.ly/2nReBjF. Speaker biographies are available at https://bit.ly/2MJqarq.

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 | +1-303-422-3914

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