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FEATURED CONTENT: The Scholarly Kitchen: The Future of Independent and Society Publishing

  • The Scholarly Kitchen: The Future of Independent and Society Publishing
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  • 04.17.2019
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  • Phill Jones, Robert Harington, Judy Luther, David Crotty, Karin Wulf


In an era of consolidation and regulation, scale has become a key factor in a successful publishing program. This has made it increasingly difficult for smaller independent publishers, particularly research societies, to continue to thrive in the market. The recent publication of Plan S, a set of funder requirements for publication, has accelerated the sustainability concerns of the independent publisher. Though not intentional, these sorts of policies are expected to lead to greater market consolidation and favor larger, commercial publishers who are better positioned to weather the oncoming storm of compliance. In this webinar we will hear from independent societies about their future plans, from consultants working with societies on those plans, and from a larger publishing house that partners with societies about the pluses and minuses of such partnerships.

Robert Harington, Associate Executive Director, American Mathematical Society
Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies
David Crotty, Editorial Director, Oxford University Press
Karin Wulf, Director, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Moderator: Phill Jones

FEATURED CONTENT: From Diversity to Inclusion and Equity

  • From Diversity to Inclusion and Equity
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  • 02.27.2019
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  • Susan Spilka, Amy Dieh, Amy Dieh


As inclusion strategist Verna Myers once said, “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” Attendees of this webinar will come away with a better idea of how individuals and organizations can move beyond good intentions to realize more inclusive workplaces in scholarly publishing. Panel speakers will cover tools, tactics, and strategies that can help to reset cultural norms and redress power imbalances in our institutional structures that occur around gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and other differentiators.

Susan Spilka, co-founder of the Workplace Equity Project

Amy Diehl, Ph.D., Associate VP and Chief Information Technology Officer, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Jessica Gedamu Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Springer Nature

FEATURED CONTENT: We CAN, but SHOULD We? Launching a New Product or Service (or Not)

  • We CAN, but SHOULD We? Launching a New Product or Service (or Not)
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  • 03.19.2019
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  • Sylvia Izzo Hunter, Neil Blair Christensen, Daniel Griffin, Dr. Tammy Hanna


Publishers try out a lot of new ideas, and some succeed, but many fail. If you’re NOT “too big to fail”, are there ways you can increase your odds of success? In this moderated panel discussion, a group of experienced innovators will share what they’ve learned, revealing how to mitigate risk as you develop and implement new products and services. Speakers will address:

  • How to evaluate an idea for a product or service
  • Factors that make a product or service a success
  • Lessons learned from products that were (or weren’t) successful
  • How to measure success vs. failure, and when to decide to cut losses and move on

Featuring representatives from a tech startup, a university press, and a society publisher, this webinar will bring a range of perspectives to bear on the many issues and challenges surrounding innovation. Questions are not only welcome, but encouraged!

Sylvia Izzo Hunter Marketing Manager, Inera, Inc

Neil Blair Christensen, Head of Sales in the Americas, UNSILO
Daniel Griffin, Web Presence Manager, Duke University Press
Dr. Tammy Hanna, Assistant Director and Publisher, American Chemical Society