Building a More Connected Scholarly Community
The last 19+ months have been a fascinating contradiction, making us feel both painfully disconnected and also perhaps more bonded than ever before. There have been challenges we may never have imagined, and we are a community that rises to challenges. How can we take the strengths we already possessed as a community, fold in lessons learned during the pandemic, and aim for being an even stronger, broader, and more connected community? We hope to look back, reflect, learn, adapt, evolve, and move forward even stronger and more connected.
Our aim is to present an in-person meeting in Chicago, and we are excited at the prospect of gathering together in this way once again. That said, the health and safety of our attendees is a prime concern, and we will of course monitor and be ready to modify plans as needed.
The SSP community brings together academics, funders, librarians, publishers, service providers, technologists, and countless others with a communal interest and stake in the dissemination of scholarly information. We look forward to the 44th Annual Meeting as an opportunity to reconnect and to connect anew.
Tools & Technology: The world of scholarly communication will always rely heavily on technology. Session proposals focused on the latest developments in the tools and infrastructure underlying the sharing of scholarship are encouraged.
Culture of Innovation: The scholarly community and the world at large are changing in ways big and small. With the pace of change increasing every year, developing a culture of innovation within our organizations has never been more important.
Ethics: Matters of ethics have always been a concern of the scholarly community, but they are now being discussed openly as they never were before. We aim to bring these issues further to light with thought-provoking discussion and debate.
Publishing Models: The sharing of research content is at the heart of our community. We are in a period of significant introspection and transition about the systems through which this content is disseminated, and value the experiences and thoughts of colleagues in exploring these models.
External Pressures: Scholarly communication has been facing major transformations, and the pandemic has only amplified matters, with more impacts anticipated. Session proposals designed to collaboratively evaluate possible solutions are especially encouraged.
Please also note… when thinking about categories for your proposals, these additional topic areas may also be relevant: business models, change management, editorial & production issues, global challenges, librarian-focused sessions, sales & marketing, professional development, society publishers, sustainability, and university presses. Networking has always been an important part of the SSP Annual Meeting, and while we are planning for specific networking opportunities throughout the meeting, we also welcome session proposals focused on this topic.
Submission Process for 2022
SSP is using Ex Ordo for abstract submissions. A big and sincere THANK YOU to Ex Ordo for their sponsorship of SSP’s proposal submission system!
Note that there are four possible types of session proposals. Submitters must select their session type at the beginning of the submission process for each proposal. You are permitted to submit more than one proposal of one or more types.