2019 Seminar: New Directions in Scholarly Publishing Models

October 2-3, 2019 | 20 F Conference Center | Washington, DC

Through keynote speaker presentations, panel sessions, and  roundtables, SSP will explore new ways in which publishers and industry leaders are considering and creating new business models, new technologies, and new approaches in publishing to address today’s challenges. The seminar will be held October 2-3, 2019 in Washington, DC, USA. A virtual registration option is also available.

This year’s seminar will highlight the good, the bad, and the ugly of current and newly emerging initiatives in the academic publishing world. Along with highlighting successful new models, the seminar will allow for lively discussion and debate surrounding some of the most talked-about enterprises in the field, from PlanS and OA2020 to new peer review models and preprint servers, spam journals, and mega journals. The seminar will highlight and emphasize the “good” of some of these new models, while simultaneously providing constructive deliberation on some of the “ugly” proposals from the perspective of a variety of stakeholders, including academics, librarians, researchers, and open access advocates.

Seminar Program

Day 1 – Wednesday, October 2nd 


9:30 AM

10:00 AM  
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director, Society for Scholarly Publishing

10:10 - 11:00 AM
Keynote Speaker

The "New Normal" in Scholarly Publishing

Rachel Burley, President, Research Square




11:00 am -12:00 PM
New Directions in Open Access Business Models and Open Access Initiatives

Moderator: Lauren Kane, CEO, Delta Think

Speakers: Sara Rouhi, Director of Strategic Partnerships, PLoS
Beth Craanen, Director of Publications, The Electrochemical Society
Kelley A. Squazzo, Director, Publisher Relations & Content Development, Project MUSE

In our opening session, expert panelists from three nonprofit publishers will address how their respective organizations are exploring new open access business models and ideas that go beyond traditional APCs. Plan S, OA2020, and other emerging global policies have exacerbated recent discussions about open access. But many nonprofit organizations have long been pushing the envelope in finding new ways to facilitate open research, in pursuit of both mission fulfillment and revenue diversification. Join us for an enlightening session as we discuss these innovative approaches and the opportunities and challenges they present for their forward-looking sponsors.  

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Networking Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 PM
Disrupting Peer Review

Moderator: Heather Staines, Head of Partnerships, MIT Knowledge Futures Project

Speakers: Jessica Polka, Executive Director, ASAPbio
Damian Pattinson, VP of Publishing Innovation, Research Square
David Mellor, Director of Policy Initiatives, Center for Open Science

Peer review continues to be an essential part of the formal publication process; however, scholarly research is in a constant state of development. In the last few years, there has been a wave of innovation in peer review research, platforms, discussions, tools, and services, coupled with the ongoing and parallel evolution of scholarly communication as it potentially adjusts to various “open science” initiatives. Join us for an interactive session as we explore badging as transparency indicators, the impact of peer reviewing preprints, and utilizing communities to separate process from the publication workflow. 

2:45 - 3:30 PM
Advancements and New Directions in Scholarly Indexing

Moderator: Scott Dineen, Senior Director, Publishing Production & Technology, The Optical Society of America

Speakers: Carl Leak, Life Sciences Librarian, George Mason University
Jesse Frantz, Research, Naval Research Laboratory and Topical Editor, Applied Optics
Adrian Stanley, Managing Director, Publishers, Digital Science and Past President, SSP
Mariana Boletta, Acting Executive Director, Web of Science, Clarivate Analytics

We are all familiar with the most influential indexing services in academic publishing, including Web of Science and the Impact Factor as well as PubMed/MEDLINE, which indexes reputable research in life sciences and biomedical fields,  but what about newly advancing indexing services that are driving fields forward? This session will not only cover the ever-advancing influence of the Impact Factor, but also delve into how other metrics and resources (Google Scholar, Scopus, h-Indexes, and more) are advancing the legitimacy of the scientific record across the globe. 
3:45 – 4:30 PM 
Current Disruptors in Academic Research: Scientific Misconduct, Spam Journals, and Mega Journals

Moderator: Elizabeth Lorbeer, Chair, Department of Medical Library, Western Michigan School of Medicine

Speakers: Tom Olijhoek, Editor-in-Chief, DOAJ
Ann Michael, Chief Digital Officer, PLoS and Past President, SSP
Dr. Stephen Gonsalves, Health Scientist Administrator, Office of Research Integrity

Over the past decade, peer-reviewed research has experienced a mushrooming crisis in the emergence of predatory journals. The reporting of false data, the manipulation of peer review, and the exploitation of authorship are all forms of gross scientific misconduct that many editors and publishers unfortunately face on a regular basis. Along with the surge of retractions that has touched even the most reputable publications, editors, and gatekeepers, the scientific community has sought meaningful remedies to track, record, blacklist, and carefully monitor the repeat offenders. Along the way, publishers of prominent mega journals have been caught in the crossfire, often viewed as perpetrators encouraging the publication of vast amounts of mediocre research. Join us in a lively and meaningful discussion as our expert panelists dissect the situation at hand and present best practices and approaches to work together to uphold meaningful, influential, and impactful science that drives scientific fields forward. 

Day 2 – Thursday, October 3rd 

10:00 AM 
Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:10 – 11:00 am
New Tools in Visibility and Findability of Research

Moderator: John Shaw, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, SAGE Publishing

Speakers: Neil Blair Christensen, Sales Director, Americas, UNSILO
Stephanie Garrett, CEO and Founder, podDB
Sean Rife, Director of Research, scite.ai
Alex Wade, Group Technical Program Manager, Meta

This session brings together experts from all corners of academic publishing to discuss the newest and coolest technologies that are changing the way researchers find impactful science. From innovative startups to established publishing houses, we will identify and discuss a number of organizations creating new and exciting tools that allow researchers to access important published content. This dynamic, thought-provoking session will be followed by a lively interactive discussion, so bring your questions!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Closing Panel from Scholarly Kitchen Chefs on The Future of Independent and Society Publishers

Moderator: Angela Cochran, Managing Director and Publisher, American Society of Civil Engineering and President, Society for Scholarly Publishing

Speakers: Karin Wulf, Executive Director, Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture
Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies LLC
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A panel of Scholarly Kitchen Chefs will discuss the future of scholarly communication, particularly for independent and society publishers, in light of the conversations held over the past two days. Which OA and peer review models will emerge as dominant in the coming years? Who among the current crowd of “disruptors” are they watching most closely? And what must stakeholders in scholarly communications do to ensure the sustainability of their organizations over the longer term? The Chefs will consider these questions and more in this lively closing panel. 

Please note: 

There is not a reserved hotel block, but see the 20F conference center web site for nearby hotel and restaurant information.
Parking information: https://20fstreetcc.com/service-and-amenities/location/


Early registration deadline is August 30, 2019

Onsite registration is full, please consider a virtual registration.

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(Single Viewer)
 $120  $135  $140 $160
Group (Unlimited Viewers via Single Login/Location)  $470  $530  $560 $625


Event Sponsors: 


Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Christina DeRose at [email protected].

Event cancellation policy: 

Cancellations received in writing two weeks before the event will be issued a refund less a $30 processing fee. 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. SSP reserves the right to cancel any program or session. In the unlikely event of cancellations, 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 registrant. Speakers are subject to change without notice.

Onsite registration is full, please consider a virtual registration.


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10/2/2019 - 10/3/2019
20 F Conference Center 20 F Street, NW Washington DC, DC 20001 UNITED STATES
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