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SSP 42nd Annual Meeting

Rethink, Reimagine, & Revolutionize the Future of Scholarly Communication

May 27-29, 2020 
Westin Waterfront
Boston, MA USA

Our world is changing rapidly, and scholarly communication is no exception. The rich history of SSP’s 2020 host city of Boston inspired the concept of “revolution” in this year’s theme, and we hope to explore a broad range of interpretations of this concept as they apply to our community. How will we as scholarly communication professionals reimagine ourselves to respond to the changes happening across the industry? Subjects such as equity and inclusion, ethics, artificial intelligence, and open access mandates provide both opportunities and challenges for the community as a whole. How do we ensure the inclusion of different perspectives and experiences as we forge a future path? In the past decades, great shifts in revenue models, technology, and market changes have forced revolutions in our industry. Next spring in Boston, we will challenge ourselves to drive the change that we think is necessary to ensure that scholarly communication continues to thrive.



  • 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 Change: Our community is changing in ways big and small, thinking in new ways about diversity, accessibility, and inclusion, to name just a few. Session proposals exploring these shifts and outcomes are welcomed. 
  • External Pressures: The business of scholarly communication has been facing major transformations, and more are anticipated. Session proposals designed to collaboratively evaluate possible solutions are especially encouraged. 
  • Marketing, Sales, & Strategy: The market for scholarly communication continues to grow. Evolving strategies to develop new products, reach new audiences, and find new ways to make research relevant to the world will be increasingly critical. 
  • Professional Development: We recognize that the SSP Annual Meeting serves as an important source for ongoing learning and education within our community. Session proposals that explore this in particularly innovative ways are especially encouraged. 
  • &…: We often receive excellent submissions that are stand-alones—proposals with strong content that don’t fit into one of the set tracks. This track will be a grab bag of these sessions. Whether your proposal is about ethics, early career issues, best practices in editorial and production, library concerns, or anything else, we want to see it! 

Meeting Highlights:

  • Networking: Attendees will enjoy ample opportunities for meeting colleagues and sharing ideas at evening receptions, interactive lunches and other events.
  • Exhibitors Marketplace: Our popular exhibit hall provides a central area to learn about new products, programs, services and solutions.
  • Bonus Content: Registration includes free sponsored sessions on Wednesday afternoon. Plan to arrive early to take advantage of this additional content provided by industry knowledge experts.

2020 Annual Meeting Sponsors