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12.08.2020 | SSP News & Releases

The Society for Scholarly Publishing Launches Second Annual Professional Skills Survey

SSP seeks industry data to further its career development resources.

December 8, 2020 – Mt. Laurel, NJ – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is excited to invite scholarly communications professionals from across the field to share their professional skill sets with us by participating in the second wave of our Professional Skills Survey

Launched in 2019, the Professional Skills Survey informs SSP’s Professional Skills Map, a first of its kind, interactive career development tool built from industry data. At any career stage, users can discover roles across scholarly publishing and make direct comparisons about the necessary elements for success.

The SSP Professional Skills Map aims to guide scholarly publishing professionals across industries and career levels in recognizing their strengths and interpersonal and technical skills. Users can then map those skills onto roles across the industry, empowering them to explore potential career paths they may not have previously considered. Built from self-reported industry data, the map presents the most frequently reported personal characteristics and interpersonal and technical skills that are (a) essential to success and (b) emerging needs for development.

A project of the SSP Career Development Committee, the second annual Professional Skills Survey aims to capture a larger share of respondents across diverse functions, which will allow the Professional Skills Map to remain current and responsive to industry trends. 

Survey respondents are asked to share their organizational affiliation, the business area for their current role, title, and years in the industry. Additionally, respondents can identify multiple personal characteristics and skills affiliated with their current position and future career development. 

Respondents have a chance to win one of four free 2021 webinar registration spots! Survey responses are due January 8, 2021. All answers will be anonymized and analyzed in conjunction with aggregated data.


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 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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