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Webinar Preview | The Future of Scholarly Publishing: Three Trends to Be Ready For

Our 2022 webinar series continues with “The Future of Scholarly Publishing: Three Trends to Be Ready For,” happening Thursday, September 15, at 11 am ET. Registration for the event remains open with a discount available for SSP members.


What will the future of scholarly publishing look like? In this webinar, industry leaders will tell us what they see as the top three challenges we all need to prepare for. Should we focus on addressing the growing suspicion of science, shrinking funding for universities, critiques of the value of peer review, or the industry’s trend toward market consolidation? Or something else? 

Moderated by Shirley Decker-Lucke (Content Director, SSRN, Elsevier
), speakers Ann Gabriel (SVP Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier), Elizabeth Scarpelli (Director, University of Cincinnati Press & CLIPS), and Patrick Shafe (Commercial Director, Deanta) will tell us what they see as the top three challenges facing scholarly publishing and how we can prepare.

Below, webinar speaker, Patrick Shafe shares some of his hopes for next week’s speaker discussion.

Who is the intended audience and why should they attend?

Anyone interested in the factors influencing the changing state of scholarly publishing should attend. The key findings drawn from our survey will illuminate an industry in flux, with enormous potential for advancement via technological change but hampered by the inherent conservatism of the people within it.

Why do you think this topic is important and timely?

There are publishers who are making the leap and instigating new ways of working and new approaches to publishing. These publishers are product agnostic and regard themselves as managers of content. They are embracing the best practices of media companies, often employing staff from those industries to drive change internally. These publishers are already achieving extraordinary results and paving the way forward for new models of business. This survey looks at some of the factors influencing the rate at which the rest of the industry is following this example.

Is there a particular topic you’re looking forward to seeing discussed?

The pace of change in this industry – especially when the commercial advantages are increasingly clear.

What can attendees expect?

A mirror on their industry. Key findings from an industry-wide survey which show the key goals of academic publishers, the processes they are employing to achieve them, and the changing people and skills required to fulfill those processes.   

What do you hope attendees will take away from the event?

A moment of reflection. A change to consider their own organizational culture, their future commercial and operation models and their openness to change.

Click here to register now! For a limited time, use promo code SEPT22NDWEB to save 20% off of webinar registration when you register for New Directions*.

Thank you to our generous 2022 education sponsors, 67 Bricks, ARPHA, F1000 | Taylor & Francis, J&J EditorialOpen Athens, and Silverchair.

*Registrations must be purchased at the same time, in the same cart.

News contribution by SSP member, Heather Kotula. Heather is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Access Innovations, Inc.

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