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FEATURED CONTENT: Seminar | Seeking Sustainability

  • Seeking Sustainability: Publishing Models for an Open Access Age
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  • 04.02.2020
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  • Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Heather Staines, Scott Delman, Martin Paul Eve, Steven Hall, Jasmin Lange, Ruth Harrison

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Seeking Sustainability:
Publishing Models for an Open Access Age

April 2, 2020

Hardly a week goes by, it seems, without the announcement of a cancellation of a Big Deal, the signing of a Transformative Agreement, or a policy action to drive open access. Library consortia around the world are turning to new, non-traditional models as thinking shifts on how to provide researchers with access to content as well as support for publications. Publishers are grappling with subscriptions losing value and needing to develop new revenue models. Complicating these efforts are emerging institutional and funder mandates, including the evolving Plan S requirements and the rumored Executive Order in the United States, as well as the ecosystem of needs and pathways of development for different disciplines and regions. 

This interactive virtual event seeks to engage questions such as: What models are emerging for the open access publishing age? Are these models adaptable to meet the needs of different types of institutions and publishers? Are they sustainable over the long term? Do they serve the needs of authors as well as funders, governments, institutions, etc.?  Hear from publishers and librarians exploring new models and their sustainability as well as concerns of those organizations, including small and society, who fear they may be left out of the discussion. The program will include a keynote overview of current models, a panel exploring models-in-progress, and an interactive discussion focusing on key issues and possible next steps.

Welcome and Introductions
Mary Beth Barilla, Program Director, Society for Scholarly Publishing

State of the Deal: Open Access Models Today with Q&A
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Heather Staines, Head of Partnerships, Knowledge Futures Group

Scott Delman, Director of Publications, ACM
Martin Paul Eve, Birkbeck, University of London and the Open Library of the Humanities
Steven Hall, Managing Director, IOP Publishing
Jasmin Lange, Chief Publishing Officer, Brill

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FEATURED CONTENT: Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation

  • Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation
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  • 05.20.2020
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  • Angela Cochran, Lauren Kane, Adrian Stanley

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Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation

May 20, 2020

Join us for our 2020 virtual business meeting as SSP President Angela Cochran recognizes the many dedicated volunteers that contribute to the success of SSP and reports on the activities and progress of the society. Winners of the Appreciation Award, Emerging Leader Award, and Distinguished Service Award are also announced and celebrated for their service and leadership.

FEATURED CONTENT: Ask the Experts | Data Scientists

  • Ask the Experts | Data Scientists
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  • 04.07.2020
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  • Phill Jones, Marietta Damond, Ann Michael, and Suja Thomas

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April 7, 2020

Your data questions, answered!

The Ask the Experts Virtual Discussion Group brings together authorities in a particular field or topic to answer questions about the latest developments in scholarly communications. In our inaugural Ask the Experts event, we bring together a panel of data scientists to answer your questions about data science and publishing and what organizations should be doing now to prepare for a data-driven future.  

Similar in concept to a focus group but held virtually on an online platform, these events will allow attendees to steer the discussion, asking whatever questions they’d like of our panel of data experts. Attendees will also be able to continue the conversation online in the weeks immediately following the event. The discussion groups are a great opportunity to stay abreast of the latest issues in scholarly communications without traveling to an onsite meeting.


Phill Jones, Owner and Principal, Double L Digital

Panel of Experts: 

Marietta Damond, Director of Research, AAAS

Ann Michael, Chief Digital Officer, PLOS

Suja Thomas, Senior Data Scientist, Abt Associates