Pre-Meeting Seminars

Pre-meeting seminars offer an opportunity for in-depth learning on various topics the week before the main conference kicks off. You do not have to attend the main meeting to participate in one or more of these training programs. 


SSP Journals Quick Starter Training Pre-Meeting Seminar

This premeeting training session will provide attendees with a complete overview of the academic journals ecosystem, giving them the “quick start” they need to navigate this evolving landscape. The session program is composed of several “modules” touching on all major facets of journals publishing—financial skills and business models; marketing, editorial and production; data and decision making; and the tools and technology of journals publishing—each led by experts in their respective fields. A bonus module will also introduce attendees to digital workflows for both books and journals.

The course has been designed especially for earlier- to mid-career professionals currently working in scholarly publishing and hoping to gain a more rounded perspective on the journals publishing environment.It will also be useful to vendors and librarians who wish to enhance their understanding of journals publishing. 

All times are listed as EDT. 

Tuesday, May 18
9:00–9:30 am Opening Remarks and Breakout “Buzz” Session
9:30–10:15 am Journals Module 1: The Business of Academic Journals Publishing
Sarah Tegen, American Chemical Society
  • Financial skills
  • P&L’s – What’s important?
  • Assessing the financial success of a journal
  • Other business considerations, including launching a new journal and flipping a journal to OA
10:15–10:30 am Break
10:30–11:30 am Journals Module 2: Journals Business Models
Jean Shipman, Retired, VP Global Library Relations, Elsevier and Librarian Emerita, University of Utah
Wendy Newsham, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers
Brett Rubinstein
  • Customers/stakeholders
  • Subscriptions
  • Consortia and multi-site licensing
  • OA models, including hybrid and Read and Publish
11:30 am–12:00 pm Discussion
12:00–12:30 pm Break
12:30–1:30 pm Journals Module 3: Production and Editorial
Miranda Walker, Wolters Kluwer
Jennifer Deyton, J & J Editorial
  • The peer review process
  • Managing editorial boards
  • Managing the submission process
  • Delivery, access, and online platforms
 1:30–2:00 pm  Discussion
Wednesday, May 19
9:00–9:15 am Opening Remarks and Breakout “Buzz” Session
9:15–10:15 am Digital Workflows
Bill Kasdorf, Kasdorf & Associates, LLC
Barbara Kline Pope, Johns Hopkins University Press
Jabin White, ITHAKA
10:15–10:30 am Break
10:30 –11:45 am Journals Module 4: Marketing
Lori Carlin, Delta Think
Cason Lynley, Duke University Press
  • Market strategy
  • Market research
  • Marketing tactics, ops, and execution
11:45 am–12:15 pm Discussion
Thursday, May 20
9:00–9:15 am Opening Remarks and Breakout “Buzz” Session
9:15–10:00 am Journals Module 5: Data and Decision-Making
Ann Michael, Delta Think
Gwen Evans, Elsevier
  • Data analysis
  • Data tracking
  • Data-driven best practices
10:00–10:15 am Break
10:15–11:15 am Journals Module 6: Tools and Technology
Lettie Conrad, Product R&D Consultant
Phill Jones, Double L Digital
  • “LIGHTNING” session on top tools
11:15 am–12:15 pm Discussion

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