2021 Virtual Seminar: New Directions in Scholarly Publishing


How to Move Fast and Not Break Things: Balancing High-Speed Outputs at the Risk of Slamming on the Brakes

9:30 am – 2:30 pm EDT October 6, 2021
9:30 am – 1:30 pm EDT October 7, 2021

SSP’s 2021 New Directions Seminar will a deep dive into the breakneck speed in which our industry is currently transitioning, transforming, and evolving, while also recognizing and highlighting the limits (and uncomfortable consequences) of moving too quickly.  

Topics covered in the seminar include new pressures on scholarship and science communication in a post-Covid world; new Open Access and funding models; the drive toward diversity and inclusion in workplaces and publications; the surge in preprints and the demand for accelerated publishing workflows; emerging metrics of impact; and the latest—and truly exciting—developments in tools, techniques, and technology that drive our industry forward. Speakers will examine these issues through the lens of the “need for speed” and how to find the right cadence or risk slamming on the breaks.

Join us as we explore how we can respond quickly to changing conditions within the scholarly publishing industry and community, and work towards reaching a universal speed—hopefully, without breaking things.

Seminar Program

Day 1 – Wednesday, October 6, 2021


9:30 am – 9:45 am EDT
Introduction: Reaching a Universal Speed Together

Sophie Reisz, Vice President and Executive Editor, Mary Ann Liebert Publishers

9:45 am – 10:45 am EDT
A Whole New World: Scholarship Under Fire

2020 was an eye-opening, unrelenting experiment in exploring new directions in our personal and professional lives. Even now, as we move further into 2021 and beyond, we are considering what these changes and experiences might mean as we continue to collectively power forward.

As we adjust to this “whole new world,” our industry bears a new level of responsibility as scholarship, scientific research, and advances in new scientific technologies (especially with respect to vaccinations) fall under a high-resolution microscope. Some might even say that scientific research and scholarship are “under fire” as citizen scientists and global citizens alike emerge to voice their advocacy, opinions, and concerns about public health, public security, climate change, and our collective responsibilities to each other as individuals of a greater global network.

This session is the start of the conversation. It will focus specifically on the emerging responsibilities we now have as academic publishers, researchers, librarians, and citizens to uphold the rigor and impact of the advancements that have the greatest potential for positive influence around the world. 

Chhavi Chauhan, American Society for Investigative Pathology

Toby Green, Coherent Digital
Rachel Martin, Elsevier

10:45 am - 11:00 am EDT

11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Preprints and New Content

It is now common practice for researchers in many disciplines to post their work as a preprint ahead of or in conjunction with submission to a peer-reviewed journal. For some, the question is no longer whether to upload a preprint of their work, but when or how quickly to do so. With preprints now a first step in the submission process, publishers and editors have a new set of questions: Where do preprints fit in the scope of upholding scientific rigor? What if the study or data are flawed (and potentially harmful to readers, especially those who aren’t scientists)? Who takes responsibility for the accuracy of preprints and the data now “published” and available to the public? How do we handle retracting, citing, and referencing preprints? Are preprints a “move fast and break things” example of new directions in academic publishing, or should we consider implementing some speed bumps? This panel will discuss these questions and more.

Sylvia Izzo Hunter, Inera, An Atypon Company

Dr. Alexandra Freeman, Octopus and University of Cambridge
Dr. Joy Owango, Training Centre in Communication and AfricArxiv
Michele Avissar-Whiting, Research Square

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT 

1:00 pm EDT - 2:30 pm EDT 
New Directions in Open Access

Though not a "new direction" in our industry, open access is moving in many directions, and very quickly—from new APC models, new types of deals, discussion about equitable access, Plan S compliance, funding resources, cost and revenue modeling, and more. This 90-minute session will include a topical roundtable, paired speaker dialogues, and audience questions to explore all the latest developments and future trends in this critical area of scholarly communications. 

Heather Staines

Alexa Colella

Raym Crow, Chain Bridge Group
Susan Doerr, University of Minnesota Press, Manifold
Martin Eve, Birkbeck University and the Open Library of Humanities
Kamran Naim, CERN
Sara Rouhi, PLOS
John Sherer, UNC Press

2:30–3:00 pm EDT

3:00–4:30 pm EDT
Roundtable Discussions and Networking

In keeping with the theme of New Directions, join us for structured roundtable discussions on current and emerging topics in publishing, followed by time to meet new and old friends. 


Day 2 – Thursday, October 7, 2021


9:30 am EDT - 10:30 am EDT
What's the Issue? Impact and Metrics

2020 was a pivotal year for impact and metrics. In this panel we will explore the update to the JIF calculation, discussing the whys and nuances of citational practices as well as the value of understanding disciplinary differences and what impact means when citational practices differ.

Sai Konda, American Chemical Society

Marie McVeigh, Clarivate
Rebecca Kennison, K|N Consultants
Josh Nicholson, scite

10:30 am - 10:45 am EDT 

10:45 am - 11:45 am EDT 
Funds, Funders, Funding

New directions in funding opportunities for researchers are fundamental (see what we did there?) to many fields. With the pandemic still very much at the center of our daily experience, this session will examine how funding opportunities have changed or pivoted since the emergence of covid-19. Panelists will discuss how authors— especially early career authors—are required to navigate this new funding landscape, how librarians must consider new mandates and requirements from funding agencies while supporting the interests and needs of researchers within their respective institutions, and how funding as we know it is dynamically changing the landscape of academic research. 

Simone Taylor, AIP

Jan Philip Solovej, University of Copenhagen
Chonnettia Jones, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Roger Schonfeld, ITHAKA
Nick Campbell, Springer Nature

11:45 am - 12:45 pm EDT 

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm EDT 
New Directions in Tools for Discoverability, Findability, Shareability, and Impact 

Back by popular demand, this session will feature an engaging panel of experts presenting the tools and technology that will lead to new directions in academic publishing. Ranging from emerging artificial Intelligence-based tools to open science tools, preprint tools, and more, this team of panelists will discuss new ways of using technology to address current challenges faced by the industry.

John Shaw, SAGE Publishing

Sami Benchekroun, Morressier
Darrell Gunter, Gunter Media Group, Inc.
Lisa Cuevas Shaw, Center for Open Science
Alix Vance, AIP


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Event Sponsors: 

     Access Innovations     Jack Farrell & Associates     Silverchair     Impact Journals     T&F and F1000     Atypon      


Additional sponsorship packages are availableContact Christina DeRose at [email protected].

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