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SSP Pre-Conference in conjunction with APE 2018: Ramping Up Relevance

SSP Pre-Conference on Ramping Up Relevance
15 January 2018

In conjunction with APE 2018
Academic Publishing in Europe
Publishing 2020: Ramping up Relevance

Venue of the SSP 2018 Pre-Conference:
Hotel NH Collection Berlin Mitte at Checkpoint Charlie
Leipziger Strasse 106 -111
10117 BERLIN, Germany

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is delighted to be collaborating for the first time with the Academic Publishing in Europe conference on a Pre-Conference day that will explore the theme of “Ramping Up Relevance” by looking at how the role of scholarly publishers may be changing given that new stakeholders, public policies, and funding sources are affecting the flow of research communication. Please join us!

Register (and make hotel reservations) at: http://www.ape2018.eu/registration


9:00      Doors open/sign-in (coffee, tea)         

10:00    Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director, SSP
  • David Thew, Commercial Director, Maverick Publishing Specialists Ltd.

10:15    Debate: “Resolved: Science and scholarship should be curated and hosted by public institutions, not by commercial publishers.”
Each debater will prepare a 10 minute statement, and is allowed a 3 minute response to the opponent’s argument. The winner is decided by audience vote.

  • Moderator: Rick Anderson, SSP Past-President, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
  • In favor: Jill Taylor-Roe, Director of Academic Services and University Librarian, Philip Robinson Library, Newcastle University
  • Against: Eric Merkel-Sobotta, Vice President, Communications & External Affairs, De Gruyter

11:15    Morning break (coffee/tea)

11:30    Panel: “How is public policy and funding changing the flow of scholarly communication?”
Speakers will explore how public policy and grant funding are influencing and shaping scholarly discourse – including research communication requirements – and how it is affecting publishers.

  • Moderator: Heather Staines, Director of Partnerships, Hypothes.is
  • Trish Groves, Director of Academic Outreach and Advocacy, BMJ, and Editor-in-chief, BMJ Open
  • Robert van der Vooren, Project Manager, VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands)
  • Geraldine Clement-Stoneham, Knowledge and Information Manager, Medical Research CouncilUK
  • Axel Marion, Head of Division Higher Education Policy, Swiss Rector’s Conference, Swissuniversities

13:00    Lunch & Networking

14:00    Workshops discussions
Pre-Conference participants will break into groups, each of which will discuss a specific challenge to publishers in balancing relevance and acceptable engagement on the one hand with commercial return on the other. Groups will generate practical measures publishers can adopt to meet this challenge, both individually and as an industry, and report back to the full assembly. Topics forthcoming.
Group moderators:

  • Stephanie Decouvelaere, Product Manager, SAGE Publications
    Topic: What are the ways to use product expansion to be more than a “publisher”?
  • Anthony Watkinson, Principal Consultant, CIBER Research; Director, Charleston Conference; Honorary Lecturer, University College London; Oxford UK
    Topic: Are publishers getting to researchers early enough in their careers?
  • Ann Michael, President, Delta Think, Philadelphia PA USA
    Topic: AI: Opportunity or threat?
  • Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director, SSP
    Topic: Will the growth of new journal development and the increasing output of researchers continue unabated or will we reach a point of peak content?
  • Rick Anderson, SSP Past-President, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
    Topic: How is our role as “publisher” changing?
  • David Thew, Commercial Director, Maverick Publishing Specialists Ltd
    Topic: If you were starting a publishing operation today, which core competencies would you consider critical?
  • Charlie Rapple, Co-Founder, Kudos
    Topic: If the Impact Factor is not an effective measurement for tenure and promotion, what is?
  • Will Schweitzer, Director of Product and Custom Publishing, AAAS, Washington DC USA
    Topic: Are the business models and competing interests of publishers at odds with the survival of the traditional scientific society?

15:45    Afternoon break (coffee/tea)

16:00    Keynote: “Scholarly Publishing in the Future”

  • Michiel Kolman, President, International Publishers Association; SVP Information Industry Relations, Academic Ambassador Emeritus, Elsevier
    The goal of this session is to spur attendees to think about the future. How can scholarly publishers plan now for what’s to come? What competencies will be needed to adapt? What value-add will publishers need to focus on in order to differentiate themselves and continue to operate in an increasingly “open” world where anyone can be a “publisher”?

17:00    Closing Remarks/Adjourn