SSP Pre-Conference on Ramping Up Relevance
15 January 2018
In conjunction with APE 2018 Academic Publishing in Europe
Publishing 2020: Ramping up Relevance
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.
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.
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.
Lunch & Networking
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.
Topic: What are the ways to use product expansion to be more than a "publisher"?
Topic: Are publishers getting to researchers early enough in their careers?
Topic: AI: Opportunity or threat?
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?
Topic: How is our role as "publisher" changing?
Topic: If you were starting a publishing operation today, which core competencies would you consider critical?
Topic: If the Impact Factor is not an effective measurement for tenure and promotion, what is?
Topic: Are the business models and competing interests of publishers at odds with the survival of the traditional scientific society?
Keynote: "Scholarly Publishing in the Future"
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"?