2023 Seminar: New Directions in Scholarly Publishing

Navigating the Shifting Sands: Managing Disruptions in Scholarly Communications


October 4 & 5, 2023

AGU Conference Center | Washington, DC + Online


We are living through a time of accelerating change and transformation, where the landscape of scholarly publishing is undergoing tectonic shifts in how we operate, how we communicate, and where we add value to the research and learning lifecycles. Like all organizations dedicated to the business of information and data, content and service providers in our industry are experiencing challenges brought on by open access mandates, ongoing institutional budget crises, technological revolutions, and more.

The 2023 New Directions Seminar will focus on how those working in scholarly communications are managing commercial and cultural disruptions. Where are the sands shifting most dramatically? How are content and service providers responding to these disruptions? What are the priorities and what is being left behind? What tools and methods do we need to successfully weather these disruptive changes?


Viewed through the lens of a typical research workflow, we can observe disruptions and systemic changes underway at every step along the journey. The 2023 New Directions seminar will be designed to address where and how the “sands” are shifting at each junction of the scholarly communications lifecycle. Sessions will address topics from how changing funder mandates and AI tools are impacting researcher practices to open peer review, data sharing, and more. We hope to close the session with a change management workshop-style session designed to support resiliency in publishing professionals. 


New Directions Seminar Working Group

Matt Cannon (Taylor & Francis)
Lettie Conrad, Outsell, Inc. (Lead)
Janaynne Carvalho do Amaral, University of Illinois
Jamie Devereaux, Mary Ann Liebert Publishers
Jon Gurstelle, APSA
Ginny Herbert, Frontiers
Avriel Licciardi, Frontiers
Jordan Schilling, Wolters Kluwer
Lillian Selonick, National Academy of Sciences
Heather Ruland Staines, Delta Think Inc
Walker Swain, Silverchair
Simone Taylor, American Psychiatric Association
Sophie Reisz, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (Education committee co-chair) 
Jeff Lang, ACS (Education committee co-chair) 


Seminar Program

The seminar keynote “New Directions in Research Integrity: Values to Value in Research and Publishing” will feature Rebecca Brendel, Director of the Center for Bioethics and the Director of the Master of Science in Bioethics Program at Harvard Medical School. Please scroll down to view the complete program.

NISO and SSP are having a joint social event the evening of October 3, 2023 from 5:30pm until 7pm at The Board Room. If you're attending either NISO Plus Forum 2023 or SSP New Directions 2023, you’re welcome to attend. Please RSVP, so we can get a headcount.


Registration Information 

Early registration deadline is Friday, September 8, 2023.

In person registration includes coffee and pastries on October 4 and 5, lunch on October 4, access to the virtual meeting platform, and access to session recordings for 90 days. 

Individual virtual-only registration includes access to the virtual meeting platform, access to the live-stream, attendee engagement, and access to session recordings for 90 days.

Organizations that purchase a group watch party can have unlimited viewers watching in one location on one device. Organizations will be given one login to access session recordings for 90 days. 


Registration Fees:

In-Person Registration 

   Early   Regular    Early  Regular
Regular  $420
 $470   $499
Librarians/Students/Researchers/Funders  $285
 $315 $340
Low/Middle Income Country  $285  $315   $340  $390

Virtual Registration 

   Early  Regular    Early  Regular
Regular (Single Viewer) $209
$235   $260
Librarians/Students/Researchers/Funders (Single Viewer) $125
$140 $145
Low/Middle Income Country $125 $140    $145  $165

Discounted Bulk Registration Packages (Virtual) 

   Early  Regular    Early  Regular
Package of 3 $535
 $599   $670
Package of 5 $782
 $885 $985
Package of 10 $1,360 $1,535    $1,695  $1,880
Package of 15 $1,550 $1,775    $1,970  $2,165
16+ Users Contact us for pricing.
Group/"Watch Party" Rate (Unlimited Viewers via Single Login/Location)  $699  $825    $850  $1,000



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Health & Safety Information

SSP prioritizes the health and safety of all attendees, staff, and exhibitors by respecting and complying with the venue, local, state, and federal restrictions, mandates, guidelines, and protocols regarding infectious diseases. Given the evolving nature of community levels of infectious diseases, SSP will continue to monitor any changes in these restrictions, mandates, guidelines, and protocols, and we reserve the right to implement additional measures to ensure compliance and optimal health and safety conditions in all environments where in-person interactions take place during the Annual Meeting.

Attendance Wellness Policy

Attendees are highly encouraged to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 and to test before traveling.

Attendees are encouraged to wear a mask in indoor spaces where a safe distance cannot be maintained. Please respect others' choices for social interaction or personal protection measures.

Attendees must digitally sign a waiver acknowledging they understand that an inherent risk of exposure to infectious diseases exists at the meeting.


Event cancellation policy 

Cancellations received in writing prior September 20, 2023 will be issued a refund less a $30 processing fee. Allow up to 10 business days for the processing of refunds. No refunds will be processed for cancellations less than two weeks before the event. SSP encourages you to send a substitute in your place if you cannot attend. 

  • No refunds will be processed for cancellations less than two weeks before the event. SSP encourages you to send a substitute in your place if you cannot attend or to convert your registration to the virtual attendance option which will offer all content on-demand as well as some content live-streamed. 
  • Registrations can be converted from in-person to virtual at any time before October 3, without any additional fees. Registrant will be refunded the difference in the registration rate. 
  • Registrations can be converted from virtual to in-person any time before October 3. Registrants will be charged the difference in the registration rate in effect at the time of the change.


Cancellation or Format Change by SSP

SSP reserves the right to cancel any program or session or to change the format of the meeting to virtual. In the event of cancellation, SSP will refund registration fees, but is not responsible for any costs, damages, or other expenses of any kind, including and without limitation, transportation and/or hotel costs incurred by registrants. Speakers are subject to change without notice. In the event the format changes to virtual only, in-person attendees will be refunded the difference in the registration rate or they can cancel their registration less a $30 processing fee. 



SSP is not reserving a room block for the seminar but there are many hotels in the DC metro area. Make reservations early as October can be a busy month for conferences. 



SSP is dedicated to making the 2023 New Directions Seminar as accessible as possible. We wish to ensure that as many participants as possible can meaningfully engage with all program content, whether in person or online. All attendees and speakers are asked to join us in supporting and implementing accessible practices. 

The seminar venue is fully ADA compliant, including front door & meeting space entrances, restrooms and public spaces. Service animals are welcome, but please let us know in advance if you will be bringing one. Accessible parking is available at Universal North Parking garage which is across the street from the AGU building. If on site parking is required, please contact us. 

Automated captions will be enabled for all presentations.

If you have additional questions about event accessibility, please contact [email protected]


Code of Conduct

In person and virtual attendees are required to review and adhere to the SSP Code of Conduct



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10/4/2023 - 10/5/2023
AGU Conference Center 2000 Florida Ave. NW Washington DC, DC 20009 UNITED STATES
Online registration not available.