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04.11.2019 | SSP News & Releases

The Scholarly Kitchen Webinar Preview: The Future of Independent and Society Publishing

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) will offer a webinar hosted by The Scholarly Kitchen entitled “The Future of Independent and Society Publishing,” on April 17, 2019 from 11:00 AM Eastern Time.

Registration for the event remains open with a discount available for SSP members.

In an era of increasing consolidation and regulation, scale has become a key factor in a successful publishing program. This has made it increasingly difficult for smaller, independent publishers, particularly research societies, to continue to thrive in the market. The recent publication of Plan S, a set of funder requirements for publication, has accelerated the sustainability concerns of the independent publisher. Though not intentional, these sorts of policies are expected to lead to greater market consolidation and favor larger, commercial publishers who are better positioned to weather the oncoming storm of compliance. In this webinar, we will hear from independent societies about their future plans, from consultants working with societies on those plans and from a larger publishing house that partners with societies about how the pluses and minuses of such partnerships.

Phill Jones, consultant, will moderate the event, and is joined on the panel by

Robert Harington, Associate Executive Director, American Mathematical Society
Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies
David Crotty, Editorial Director, Oxford University Press
Karin Wulf, Director, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Moderator Phill Jones was kind enough to answer questions about the event:

Who is the intended audience for this webinar, and why should they attend?
Strategic leaders working in scholarly publishing and those with an interest in the future of the industry. The webinar will be of particular interest to those working at small to mid-sized publishers, including learned societies, as there will be a discussion about the future of business models and the publishing products of the future.

Why do you think this topic is important and timely?
There has been increasing pressure on scholarly publishing business models that has been accompanied by ongoing consolidation in the industry. Recently, increasing funder and policymaker influence, coupled with technology-driven disruption to the supply chain, is bringing issues of sustainability to a head. In the meantime, a number of organizations have diversified their product and service offerings, particularly in support of the sciences, although that focus is beginning to broaden.

What do the selected speakers bring to the discussion?
The speakers have been heavily involved in tackling sustainability issues for small and mid-sized scholarly publishers for many years. The diverse range of perspectives includes a learned society publishing professional with an interest in the evolving role of societies, an expert on journal policy at a university press, a consultant with a strong track record of advising smaller publishers on sustainability and innovation, and a senior academic in the humanities who can speak to disciplinary and field variances in the needs of academics.

What do you hope attendees will take away from the webinar?
Attendees will benefit from an in-depth discussion of sustainability issues and compliance challenges for scholarly publishers in the 21st century. The panelists have all had success tackling these issues at their respective organizations, so attendees will hear about the practical ways in which some publishers are facing into these challenges.

Click here to register now.

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