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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

10:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Melanie Dolechek, SSP Executive Director

10:10 – 11:00 am Keynote: Publishing Innovations and Milling the Next Big Thing
Lettie Conrad, Maverick Publishing Specialists

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? Our keynote, Lettie Conrad, Independent Publishing and Product Development Consultant, will draw on her experiences as the North American Editor of Learned Publishing, an active Scholarly Kitchenchef, 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.  

11:00 am -12:00 pm Panel #1 – Collaborating to Compete
Moderator: Patricia Feeney, Crossref
Speakers: Peg Fowler, Hypothesis; Tony Alves, Aries Systems; Anna Jester, eJournal Press; and Craig Van Dyck, CLOCKSS

Scholarly communications is full of examples of organizations that would normally be considered competitors finding ways to collaborate with each other, with a particular focus on agreeing common standards/infrastructure. This session will have speakers from several such organizations to discuss why, how, and who they have chosen to collaborate with. We will bring together representatives from different organizations that have chosen to collaborate on a given initiative. They will explain their reasons for working together, as well as highlighting their initiative’s achievements and the lessons learned. We will conclude by inviting the audience to join us in some blue sky thinking about what other types of scholarly communications collaborations might be needed in future and why. Projects discussed will include ORCID, MECA, and Annotating All Knowledge.

12:00 – 1:00 pm Networking Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 pm Roundtable Discussions

Choose from one of eight topics in each of three 25-minute discussion periods. Each table will be labeled with the topic number for that period and is moderated by an industry professional. 

Table 1: From ORCID, to JATS, to FunderID to MECA–Where Should We Turn Our Collaborative Impulses Next?; Moderator: Tony Alves, Aries Systems

Table 2: What Are the Benefits of Counting Researcher Contributions to Publishers?; Moderator: Eric Olsen, ORCID

Table 3: The Promise and Practical Realities of AI and Scholarly Publishing; Moderator: Neil Christensen, UNSILO

Table 4: What is the Role of Publishers in Helping Researchers and Authors Communicate Beyond the Lab?; Moderator: Yael Fitzpatrick, Gazelle Design Consultancy

Table 5:
What is Your Next Big Thing? Parsing What Innovations Matter for Your Organization; Moderator: Lettie Conrad, Maverick Publishing Specialists

Table 6: What is the Role for Publishers in Distributing Content Beyond Articles?; Moderator: Todd Carpenter, NISO

Table 7: The Road Ahead: Preprints and the Scholarly Endeavor; Moderator: Rusty Speidel, Center for Open Science

Table 8: GDPR: Are You Using Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Any Differently?; Moderator: Anna Jester, eJournal Press

2:30 – 2:45 pm Break

2:45 – 4:15 pm Panel #2 – New Ways of Counting Researcher Contribution
Moderator: Jenny Lee, Royal Society of Chemistry
Speakers: Casey Greene, Integrative Genomics Lab, University of Pennsylvania; Dina Paltoo, National Institutes of Health; Kristi Holmes, Northwestern University; and Vincent Lariviere, PhD, University of Montreal

The “publish-or-perish” paradigm continues to dominate the research process, particularly with regard to researcher advancement, promotion, and funding. However, with the rise of preprint servers, the NIH’s new focus on “interim research products” (of which preprints are one), and the ongoing campaigns to make contributor roles more visible (e.g., via CRediT), we may be moving toward a deeper and broader way to count researcher contributions that will ultimately impact our definition of publishing.

4:15 pm Adjourn

4:30 pm SSP DC Regional Event MeetUp
The Dubliner – 4 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Join us after the seminar for a casual no-host happy hour with local industry professionals.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

10:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:10 – 11:00 am Oxford Debate

The speakers will debate the role of artificial intelligence in peer review. Each speaker will prepare a 10-minute statement followed with a 3-minute response to the opponent’s argument. The winner will be decided by audience vote!

Moderator: Ruth Pickering, Yewno
Speakers: Neil Blair Christensen, UNSILO and Angela Cochran, American Society of Civil Engineers

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Panel #3 – Science and (Social Science) Communication as

Moderator: Stewart Wills, The Optical Society
Speakers: Yael Fitzpatrick, Gazelle Design Consultancy; Lauren Wolf, American Chemical Society; Lauren Lipuma, AGU; and Dr. Steven B. Shirey, Carnegie Institution for Science

The panel will address the need for researchers (and publishers) to communicate “beyond the lab” and beyond one’s scientific/academic peers to policymakers and the educated lay public.  Speakers may include researchers, journalists, visual storytellers, Public Information Officers.  Will include case studies of how researchers have told their research stories, both independently and with support from others (institutions and publishers).

12:00 pm Adjourn