Inflection Point: Setting the Course for the Future of Scholarly Communication
Huge growth in proposals and publications, a greater focus on researchers as both author and reader, evolving open access publishing models, and the urgent need for equity and inclusion are disrupting traditional publishing infrastructure and processes. In addition, the explosive capabilities of artificial intelligence will likely disrupt every facet of scholarly communication, but represent both opportunities and threats. We are at an inflection point—our decisions will determine both the value we deliver as an industry, as well as the values we reflect as a community.
As always, the SSP community continues to focus on bringing together academics, funders, librarians, publishers, service providers, technologists, researchers and countless others with a communal interest and stake in disseminating scholarly information. We look to the 46th Annual Meeting as an opportunity to continue this tradition and welcome all colleagues and community stakeholders.
We have identified a number of topics we think attendees will find of high interest. We seek proposals encompassing all aspects of scholarly publishing, from STEM subjects to the humanities and social sciences, and from journals and books to the many other diverse formats that our community publishes. When you submit your proposal, you’ll be asked to select the topic most closely aligned with your proposed session.
Artificial Intelligence: Cure or curse, there’s no denying the transformational impact that AI will have on scholarly communication over the next few years. Session proposals showcasing new opportunities and/or debating the significant challenges ahead are encouraged.
Globalization: How do we balance the need to be more inclusive and engage a broader range of global stakeholders while recognising that current publishing models are driven by decision makers in traditional markets?
Publishing Impact: While journal impact factors have long been a proxy for signaling quality, the shifting dynamics of the industry provide a timely opportunity to evaluate the impact scholarly publishers want to have on the communities we serve.
Open Scholarship: The open scholarship movement is a disruptor that is re-shaping much of the infrastructure and workflows that underpins scholarly communications. We’re interested in proposals examining the impact and potential future directions of open scholarship.
Publishing Models: The sharing of research content is at the heart of our community. We continue to see the evolution around content distribution and dissemination, and value the experiences and thoughts of colleagues in exploring varying models.
Not seeing your topic listed? Don’t despair. We are open to ideas for additional topics, including diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, business models, career advice, change management, editorial and production issues, librarian-focused sessions, networking, sales and marketing, professional development, society publishers, sustainability, university presses, and more. And if you’re still not sure, note that your ideas for topic areas are always welcome!
Submission Process for 2024
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!
Four possible session proposal options are offered as part of the submission process as follows. 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.