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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 to a two-day event 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 the unintended consequences of industry technology changes, 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
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.

Peg Fowler, Hypothesis
Tony Alves, Aries
Anna Jester, eJournalPress

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.


4:00 pm                 Adjorn

September 26, 2018

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. 


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

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018