Session 4E

Practical Skills/Publishing 101
'What is Real World Impact?’ Looking at Impact Across a Spectrum of Influence, Attention and Affecting Change 

An ever greater emphasis is being put upon the need for academic research to make an impact in the real world, whether that be supporting teaching, helping organizations to be better managed, influencing public bodies and policymakers, contributing to economic development, or benefitting society and the environment. While citations are the established measure of academic influence, and downloads and altmetrics can be seen as measures of ‘attention,’ funders and institutions are now looking for evidence of measurable change.

This panel will look at whether the current scholarly publishing ecosystem is in a good position to deliver real world impact, and will question whether scholarly publishers are well-placed to translate academic research into implications for policy and practice.  Drawing from new, primary research, the session will explore how academics and practitioners view the impact of academic output, will explore evidence of theory being applied in practice, and look at how pathways to impact are achieved.


Mike Groth, Emerald Publishing
Michael Groth is Senior Brand Manager at Emerald Publishing, where he oversees international brand strategy and implementation across regional markets via digital, social, conference, advertising and PR channels. Mike has spent over 20 years in marketing for scholarly publishing, previously at Ingenta, Publishers Communication Group, the New England Journal of Medicine and Wolters Kluwer. He has attended numerous information industry events, organized conference sessions, presented at SSP, ALA, ER&L and Charleston, and blogged on topics ranging from market trends, library budgets and research impact, to emerging markets and online communities.. Twitter Handle: @mikegroth72


Kent Anderson, RedLink
Kent R. Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network. He is a past-President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and the founder of “The Scholarly Kitchen.” He has been Publisher for Science and the Science journals; CEO and Publisher for the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery; an executive in the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Publishing Division; Publishing Director for the New England Journal of Medicine; and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has served on numerous boards and advisory groups across scholarly publishing, and speaks occasionally. He is an award-winning writer, editor, and designer. He has a BA in English and an MBA. Twitter Handle: @kanderson
David Crotty, Oxford University Press
David Crotty is the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversees journal policy and contributes to strategy across OUP’s journals program, drives technological innovation, and serves as an information officer. David previously managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, creating and editing new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor in Chief. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing. David has been elected to and serves on the Boards of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, the STM Association, CHOR Inc., and the AAP/PSP Executive Council. As the Executive Editor of the Scholarly Kitchen blog, David regularly writes about current issues in publishing.
Patti Davis, Emerald Publishing
Patti Davis is a Publisher for Emerald Group Publishing, responsible for the journals in the company’s prestigious Business, Management and Strategy Collection. She has more than 15 years of experience both in books and journals publishing, working previously at Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. She has worked in marketing and public relations, as well, most notably at the University of Maryland College Park. Patti travels extensively for Emerald, networking with scholars and researchers at conferences held around the world.
Ann Gabriel, Elsevier
Ann Gabriel is a Vice President for Academic & Research Relations in Global Strategic Networks at Elsevier, based in New York. She has held a variety of positions at the forefront of scholarly communication, most recently as Elsevier’s Publishing Director for journals in Computer Science and Engineering, as well as electronic product development roles for Elsevier’s online platforms. She previously led various digital development projects at Cambridge University Press. Ann’s current work focuses on outreach and partnerships related to scientific impact; open science; sustainability; and diversity and inclusion. Ann is a member the Association of American Publishers (AAP) / Professional/Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Executive Committee. She holds a master’s degree in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.