Session 5G

Industry Crossroads
Workplace Equity in the Scholarly Publishing Industry -- Survey Report and Panel Discussion

The theme of SSP's Annual Meeting -- "What's working, what's holding us back, and where do we go from here?" -- couldn't align more perfectly with the session's focus on workplace equity in scholarly publishing. Representatives from the Workplace Equity Project (WE) will report on a global effort to capture data on current practices in our industry, which is characterized by a majority female workforce, male-dominated leadership, and a striking lack of diversity.

Conducted in early 2018 and endorsed by SSP, STM, NFAIS, and UN Women UK, the survey asked participants about work/life balance, career breaks, job satisfaction, professional development, mentoring, networking, salary negotiation, meeting behaviors, and advancement opportunities. An independent grassroots initiative, WE will use the results to measure industry progress, identify gaps, and advocate for broader access to resources and opportunities.

A panel discussion and Q & A will follow the presentation of the survey findings.


Susan Spilka, Workplace Equity Project
Susan Spilka provides strategic communications, public relations, business development, and research services for an array of societies, publishers, and technology services clients. Previously, she led Corporate Communications at Wiley for two decades during a period of tremendous company and industry change. Throughout her scholarly publishing career, Susan has played a role in many pioneering initiatives, promoting Knowledge Unlatched to North American librarians, helping to build CHORUS as its Communications & Marketing Director, and contributing to programs such as Crossref, Research4Life, and Patient Inform. Susan began her career in government, at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and NYC Council President’s Office. She received her B.A. from Reed College and Certification in Digital Media Marketing from NYU. Twitter Handle - @Wesurvey; @sbspilka
Simone Taylor, AIP Publishing
From a background in scientific research, Simone Taylor has a passion both for helping authors maintain an archivable record of their work in the scientific literature, and for improving accessibility to that vast and growing body of scholarship. Starting her publishing career at Elsevier, via the National Physical Laboratory and Wiley, she has considerable international experience in publishing content across multiple formats. A keen advocate for open access and open research, Simone has served on cross-industry groups for implementing data citation principles and for standardizing data policy. She holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Manchester. Twitter Handle - @Wesurvey; @joiningwomen
Jeri Wachter, Workplace Equity Project
Jeri Wachter is a strategic advisor with extensive experience publishing in science and technology. Jeri develops targeted, customer-centric strategies for cutting-edge product development, business development and events. Jeri co-founded William Andrew Publishing and led WA’s marketing, public relations and co-publishing relationships over 20 years. Under her leadership William Andrew grew as a trusted publisher for scientists and engineers. She co-led the development and launch of Knovel, a platform to share disparate knowledge across publishers, societies and corporations. She previously served as a trustee at High Mowing School and was a member of the AAP/PSP books committee. Jeri earned a BA in Biology/Sociology from Baruch College.


Wendy Newsham, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers
Wendy Newsham is the Director or Institutional Sales & Business Development and has more than 25 years in publishing, the past 15 in scholarly journals. Wendy has held leadership roles in the production and manufacturing services, manuscript submission and peer review systems, online hosting and data analysis, and global institutional sales. Her scholarly publishing career has included sales with Sheridan, Sales Director for Cenveo, Director of Client Services for Aries Systems, and, most recently, Vice President of North American Sales for HighWire Press. She currently serves as Director of Sales and Business Development for Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. In addition, Wendy has been a long-time, active member of industry organizations such as Council of Science Editors, Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers, and the Society for Scholarly Publishing where she held a co-chair of the Development Committee for four years and is currently the co-chair of the Education Committee.
Susan King, Rockefeller University Press
Susan King serves as Executive Director at Rockefeller University Press where she has overall publishing responsibility for three flagship journals – The Journal of Cell Biology, The Journal of Experimental Medicine, and The Journal of General Physiology. A graduate of Glasgow University with a Ph.D. in Immunology, Susan has over two decades of experience in publishing drawn from her tenures at Academic Press, John Wiley and Sons, and most recently, the American Chemical Society, where Susan served as the Vice President of the Journals Publishing Group and launched 13 new journals. Susan served as the chair of the Executive Committee of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the American Association of Publishers from 2012 – 2013, and currently serves as the chair of CHORUS, a non-profit organization that advances sustainable, cost-effective public access to journal articles reporting on funded research in ways that benefit all in the scholarly communications community.
Matt Giampoala, Elsevier
Matt Giampoala is an Executive Publisher at Elsevier where he manages a portfolio of society-owned journals in the health and medical sciences. During the 10 years in the publishing industry he has worked with books, reference works, and journals. Matt was previously an Executive Editor at Wiley where he helped to pilot the Resource Identification Initiative (, which encourages authors and journals to provide RRIDs for resources used in published studies. Matt has a continuing interest in open access, data sharing and open science. Before entering the world of scholarly publishing, Matt spent time in research and received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Matt is the co-chair of the Association of American Publishers/Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division's Professional Development Committee. Twitter Handle - @MattGiampoala