Seminar 2

Pre-Meeting Seminar
Managing Academic Journals Workshop: What's Working, What's Holding us Back, Where do we go From Here? 

This participant-driven workshop will examine the myriad ways to manage journals. Topics include editor-in-chief transitions, budgets, editorial fees, negotiating contracts, peer review processes, system changes or migrations, policy changes, editorial advisory boards and impact factors. The session will begin with participants (pre-assigned to tables) introducing themselves. Then, a panelist will spend five minutes presenting an editorial situation that is common for those managing scholarly journals. The participants will spend 20 minutes in roundtable-discussions about how they have dealt or would deal with the situation. A ‘wrap up’ with feedback to the whole room from each roundtable will follow, with any ‘top tips’ being captured in real-time. The next presenter then spends five minutes presenting another editorial situation for discussion.  At the session break, people will switch tables so they have new people to interact with. The session is carefully crafted to include situations that people from various organizations will find relatable, whether they are small publishers, societies, associations, university presses or commercial publishers.


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.


Megan Larkin, Springer Publishing Company
Sai Konda, American Chemical Society
Sai Konda is a Senior Managing Editor in the Global Journals Development, Publications Division, at the American Chemical Society (ACS). He began his publishing career as a Managing Editor at ACS after graduating with a Ph.D. in computational chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin, and postdoctoral research at the University of Delaware. He currently manages the largest journals (in terms of publications) at ACS, overseeing seven journals in the applied materials and physical chemistry portfolios. He also manages a team of Development Editors facilitating the peer-review process, and the day-to-day functioning of the journals. Sai is a previous recipient of the SSP Early Career Fellowship, and volunteers on the Early-Career Subcommittee of SSP. Twitter Handle - @saimkonda
Malavika Legge, Portland Press / Biochemical Society
Patrick Murphy, DePaul University
Dr. Murphy is a multi-award winning teacher and researcher and full professor at DePaul University. He consults to firms and universities and lectures in Chicago and internationally. He founded DePaul's Social Enterprise Collaborative, is Editor of the scholarly journal Management Decision, and former Chair of the Academy of Management's MH Division. During his tenure as Editor at Management Decision, the journal's submissions have doubled, the editorial review board has expanded by 100%, and the journal's impact factor and download rates have increased.