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

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

    Posted 01-03-2018 18:06

    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.

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


    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,, Trumbull, CT USA
    • Trish Groves, Director of Academic Outreach and Advocacy, BMJ, and Editor-in-chief, BMJ Open, London
    • Robert van der Vooren, Project Manager, VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands), The Hague
    • Geraldine Clement-Stoneham, Knowledge and Information Manager, Medical Research Council, London
    • Axel Marion, Head of Division Higher Education Policy, Swiss Rector's Conference, Swissuniversities, Berne

    Lunch & Networking

    Workshop 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.

    Group moderators:

    1. Stephanie Decouvelaere, Product Manager, SAGE Publications, London

    Topic: What are the ways to use product expansion to be more than a "publisher"?

    1. 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?

    1. Ann Michael, President, Delta Think, Philadelphia, PA USA

    Topic: AI: Opportunity or threat?

    1. Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director, SSP, Wheat Ridge, CO USA

    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?

    1. Rick Anderson, SSP Past-President, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT USA

    Topic: How is our role as "publisher" changing?

    1. David Thew, Commercial Director, Maverick Publishing Specialists Ltd, Dorset UK

    Topic: If you were starting a publishing operation today, which core competencies would you consider critical?

    1. Charlie Rapple, Co-Founder, Kudos, Wheatley UK

    Topic: If the Impact Factor is not an effective measurement for tenure and promotion, what is?

    1. 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?


    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"?

    • Michiel Kolman, President, International Publishers Association; SVP Information Industry Relations, Academic Ambassador Emeritus, Elsevier

    Melanie Dolechek
    Executive Director | Society for Scholarly Publishing |