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2018 Seminar: New Directions in Strategy, Technology...


Join us again this year for our DC-based SSP New Directions Seminar, which has been expanded for 2018. Through speaker presentations, panel sessions, roundtables, and a lively debate session, we will explore new ways in which publishers are combining new strategies, new technology, and new approaches to their communities to meet today’s challenges. Topics will include organizations using collaboration as a competitive strategy, the new pressures of “publish or perish” in light of the changing definition of what counts towards scholarly productivity, and the new requirement for scientists and scholars to tell their stories beyond academia -- to policy-makers and the public -- to ensure the greatest societal impact.


September 25, 2018
9:00 am                 Registration 

10:00 am               Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:10 am               Opening Keynote Speaker Lettie Conrad, 
Affiliate Associate, Product Research and
Maverick Publishing Specialists

Everywhere is talk of the Next Big Thing. Is it blockchain, a coming tsunami of Big Deal cancellations, workflow management, new Big Deals that include APC subventions – or something else entirely? Are there putative trends to which we're paying too much attention and dark-horse developments to which we're paying too little? Our keynote, Lettie Conrad, Independent Publishing and Product Development Consultant, will draw on her experiences as the North American Editor of Learned Publishing, an active Scholarly Kitchen chef, and a doctoral candidate at Queensland University of Technology (via San Jose State's iSchool) to help us sort the nutritious wheat from the overhyped chaff.  

11:00 am              Panel #1 - 
Collaborating to Compete

Scholarly communications is full of examples of organizations that would normally be considered competitors finding ways to collaborate with each other, with a particular focus on agreeing common standards/infrastructure. This session will have speakers from several such organizations to discuss why, how, and who they have chosen to collaborate with. We will bring together representatives from different organizations that have chosen to collaborate on a given initiative. They will explain their reasons for working together, as well as highlighting their initiative’s achievements and the lessons learned. We will conclude by inviting the audience to join us in some blue sky thinking about what other types of scholarly communications collaborations might be needed in future and why. Projects discussed will include ORCID, MECA, and Annotating All Knowledge.

Patricia Feeney,

Peg Fowler, Hypothesis
Tony Alves, Aries
Anna Jester, eJournalPress
Craig Van Dyck, CLOCKSS

12:00 – 1:00 pm   Networking lunch

1:00 pm                Roundtable Discussions

2:30 pm                Panel #2 - 
New Ways of Counting Researcher Contribution

The “publish-or-perish” paradigm continues to dominate the research process, particularly with regard to researcher advancement, promotion, and funding. However, with the rise of preprint servers, the NIH’s new focus on “interim research products” (of which preprints are one), and the ongoing campaigns to make contributor roles more visible (e.g., via CRediT), we may be moving toward a deeper and broader way to count researcher contributions that will ultimately impact our definition of publishing.

Jenny Lee,
Royal Society of Chemistry

Casey Greene, Integrative Genomics Lab, University of Pennsylvania
Dina Paltoo, National Institutes of Health
Kristi Holmes, Northwestern University

4:00 pm                 Adjourn

September 26, 2018
9:00  am                Registration

10:00 am               Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:10 am               Oxford Debate

Our speakers will debate the role of Artificial Intelligence in peer-review. Each speaker will prepare a 10-minute statement followed with a 3-minute response to the opponent's argument. The winner will be decided by audience vote!

Neil Blair Christensen, UNSILO
Angela Cochran, American Society of Civil Engineers 

11:00 am               Panel #3 - Science and (Social Science) Communication as Storytelling

The panel will address the need for researchers( and publishers) to communicate "beyond the lab" and beyond one's scientific/academic peers to policymakers and the educated lay public.  Speakers may include researchers, journalists, visual storytellers, Public Information Officers.  Will include case studies of how researchers have told their research stories, both independently and with support from others (institutions and publishers).

Stewart Wills, The Optical Society

Yael Fitzpatrick, Gazelle Design Consultancy
Lauren Wolf, American Chemical Society
Lauren Lipuma, AGU

12:00 pm                

Thanks to our Sponsors of the New Directions Seminar: 

Sponsorship opportunities available, please contact Christina DeRose at for more details.

As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 7 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.

New Directions Seminar  Member Early Member Regular Non-member Early Non-member Regular
Regular Registration $375 $425  $449  $499
Librarians/Student/Retired $265  $299  $315  $349 

New Directions Virtual Seminar Member Early Member Regular  Non-member Early  Non-member Regular 
Regular Registration $165 $190  $200  $225 
Group (Unlimited Viewers via Single login) $470  $530  $560  $625 
Librarians/Students/Retired $120  $135  $140  $160 

The early bird deadline is August 14, 2018.

Sponsorship opportunities available, please contact Christina DeRose at for more details.

9/25/2018 - 9/26/2018
20 F Washington, DC

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