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43rd Annual Meeting (2021)

Without dwelling on the tumultuous events of the past year, our 43rd Annual Meeting aimed to recognize their impact, igniting—and sometimes forcing—innovation to meet changing demands. We explored the many new paths that materialize if we are willing to embrace the unexpected. What new insights and strategies have been discovered and implemented? What are the possibilities that have yet to be realized? As we move from reacting to adapting, how will our responses change the future of scholarly communications? And how should our responsibility to the larger academic ecosystem during this extraordinary time shape those responses? If you missed the SSP Annual Meeting, you can purchase individual keynote, plenary, and educational sessions on demand in the SSP OnDemand Video Content Library. You can also purchase an All Access Pass to the content on the Pathable platform through November 1.

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Most members of the scholarly publishing community would say they value racial equity and inclusivity within the industry. Some do so for strategic reasons, perhaps to diversify and grow their customer base or improve their bottom line; others value racial equity because they believe it is the right thing to do. However, for many who work in scholarly publishing, gaps often appear between rhetoric and action. Research shows that intentions do not adequately predict behaviors. This keynote address will explore the personal and professional obstacles that prevent members of the scholarly publishing community from engaging in anti-racist work within organizations and communities and offer tips for turning good intentions into actions. || Speakers: Joseph M. Williams, PhD, Cason Lynley

One of the hottest areas of research right now is on misinformation—because there's just so much to study. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that conspiracy theories, lies, and disinformation are literally deadly. Journalists have been using new knowledge about misinformation to debunk and counter it effectively, as well as cover misinformation as an important subject. Scientists, publishers, journalists and other trustworthy sources are dismissed by bad actors as fake news, and journalists have struggled to combat this narrative and explain how we all know what we know and establish some shared reality. This keynote will cover how journalism has been adapting to compete against misinformation, how the pandemic has changed journalism, and how everyone can help elevate truth (as well as we know it) over lies. || Speakers: Laura Helmuth, PhD, Yael Fitzpatrick

New and Noteworthy Product Presentations: Join us once again for SSP Previews! This "lightning round" plenary offers the chance to learn more about the industry's newest and most innovative products, platforms, and/or content in 5-minute, back-to-back presentations. Attendees will leave with exposure to a wide breadth of content on new and updated products of interest to the scholarly publishing community. || Participating Organizations: • ITHAKA | Collection Development and Acquisition Strategies for Librarians and Publishers Guided by Open Access and the Understanding of Data • Altum, Inc. | Outcome Understanding: Finding Connections and Measuring Impact in the Research Maelstrom • LibLynx | Open Access Analytics: Critical Tools to Measure & Communicate Impact • WPS Ltd | Blockchain – the Next Real Innovation in Scholarly Publishing? • Research Square | Research Square Company’s AI Solution for Automated Language Scoring and Language Editing Can Reduce Editing Costs by More Than Half • flashpub.io | Create a Movement, Not a Paper: Incentivizing Collaboration with Research Campaigns • AIP Publishing | Bridging the Gap: Publications to Advance Discovery in Global Research • Data Conversion Laboratory | Content Clarity: Understand Obstacles and Errors in Content Structure that Hinder Access and Discoverability • codemantra | Using AI to Make Your Documents Accessible • MyScienceWork | A Named Entity Recognition Tool - The Example of Biomedical Text Analysis" || Moderator: David Myers

Join Chefs from The Scholarly Kitchen for this perennial favorite meeting-closing plenary session. The hour will include a brief overview of responses to the recent Scholarly Kitchen survey, as well as thought-provoking discussion and live Q&A with attendees, and will feature Chefs whose voices haven't always been heard at past Annual Meetings. || Speakers: Angela Cochran, Sian Harris, Haseeb Irfanullah, Lauren Kane, Alice Meadows, Alison Mudditt, Roger Schonfeld, Jasmine Wallace

Issues around capturing, acknowledging, classifying, and tracking retracted research are shared by academic institutions, publishing organizations, and the technology providers who support them. This cross-industry panel shares findings from a Sloan-funded agenda-setting project, "Reducing the Inadvertent Spread of Retracted Science." It highlights the need for cross-industry education to destigmatize the process of retracting articles and to manage the impacts of retraction. Key takeaways include the importance of making retraction information easy to find and use, and the need for optimized retraction processes. Each panelist will describe what their organization/community is doing to create consistency around management of retracted research, and address problems and opportunities related to retraction discoverability, including avenues for making retraction metadata easy to find and share. We will highlight concrete examples of emerging cross-industry collaborations, such as a shared retraction taxonomy currently under development. Panelists will share resources for educating authors, editors, and other stakeholders about the importance of retraction, ideas for emerging cross-industry collaborations, and suggestions for implementation strategies in various institutional contexts and workflows. || Speakers: Annette Flanagin, Hannah Heckner, Deborah Poff, Jodi Schneider, John Seguin

This presentation explores the real-life application of AI-driven discovery in two settings—healthcare and a university library. It will describe an innovative project to explore the potential of artificial intelligence to improve knowledge discovery in a library services context. It brings to life the voices of real users— students, researchers, clinicians and academics as they describe the "problems" they need to solve in a context of resource discovery. It tests assumptions about the potential benefits or "value propositions" of AI in discovery, against real world user issues and suggests the areas where an AI worked best and where it was less successful. Libraries looking to understand how AI might improve discovery will benefit greatly from this real life practical project with its emphasis on the user experience. || Speakers: Ken Chad, Katie Fraser, Robert McDonald

Publishers and professional organizations commission and conduct studies and steward deep veins of data that illuminate the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in global research communities. Our panelists will present data and insights drawn from their work on the effect of gender, ethnicity, and other factors on the research enterprise. They will also open up about lessons learned and findings about analytics, systems, and processes. Widespread sharing can expedite progress by informing best practices and drive cultural change inside our organizations, through the research pipeline, and beyond. || Speakers: Holly Falk-Krzesinski, Matthew Giampoala, Laura Norton, Susan Spilka, Emma Tregenza

Many well laid plans for the individuals and organizations making up the Scholarly Communications community were upended by 2020. For early career individuals the uncertainty is challenging. How to network, how to standout, how to advance your career—during an era without opportunities to meet and interact with peers outside a seemingly endless cavalcade of Zoom meetings? In this interactive session, participants will meet in virtual breakout rooms to discuss individual topics focused on professional development, skill changes, and other challenges. A facilitator will be assigned to each small group to help guide the discussion on topics including tools for virtual networking, professional development opportunities, interviewing for and starting for a new job remotely. The facilitators will then present their group's key points and ideas to the entire session before returning to the breakout rooms to discuss another topic—with the expectation that the groups will rotate through several topics before the session concludes. A final read out synthesizing the issues and potential approaches will be shared with attendees following the session. These materials will then be packaged and will be made available as an enduring resource on SSP's Early Career Professionals website available to the ScholComm community. The intention is to allow early and mid-career members of the community to meet and discuss issues they've been facing this year and the strategies they've used to move forward. Attendees can expect an opportunity to meet and share ideas with their peers and learn from their collective experiences. || Speakers: Shalini Bhatt, Caroline Breul, Michael Di Natale, Ryan Farrell, Violaine Iglesias, Lauren Kane, Sai Konda, Rebecca McLeod, Gregg Taylor

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on every segment of the scholarly research continuum; it has affected the way journals approach their review processes, has increased the number of researchers using preprints, has had consequences on researcher productivity in terms of paper publications and reviews performed. COVID-19 researchers have had to sift through huge paper volume, and indexers are looking towards different curation and sharing approaches for COVID-19 research. Each panelist will represent key perspectives as we ask (1) how have the pressures of the pandemic led to changes in how you do what you do, and (2) what aspects of these changes are likely to continue post pandemic? Do you think these are good changes or bad changes? || Speakers: Shirley Decker-Lucke, Kathryn Funk, Miriam Lewis Sabin, Bahar Mehmani, Jason Pointe

Publishers regularly provide reports that document use of paid content. Libraries use these reports to assess the value of subscriptions. Libraries are increasingly contracting for publishing services and with that has come a desire to assess those investments. Beyond descriptive data on how much is published, what additional data might publishers provide? How might usage data be linked with other data sources to illuminate scholarship engagement and author impact? As publishing and usage data are linked and aggregated, issues emerge related to privacy and ethics, data management, security, and appropriate use. Questions emerge: What personally identifiable data about authors are collected during publication processes? Are data tied with an identifier such as ORCID? Should identifiers be used for analysis across platforms? What data might be collected about readers of open content? As a community, how do we govern who has access to such data, both about individuals and in aggregate? || Speakers: Christina Drummond, Lisa Hinchliffe, Joe Karaganis

As societies seek to fulfill their missions, serve their members, and expand their reach, they are exploring new technologies and a kaleidoscope of new content types to drive audience growth while maintaining engagement with existing members. Publishers, too, are seeking to grow their audiences beyond their traditional bounds and to experiment with new types of first-class research objects. In our increasingly virtual world, fragmented attention makes it both harder and more important than ever to establish trust and brand loyalty with your audience. The challenge then becomes bringing all of your organization's disparate activities, goals, and technologies into a single, comprehensive audience strategy. Join industry experts for a look at the differences in traditional and transformational strategies, how to get the most from all your content (whether it's research, blogs, or news), and how to leverage technology to grow and develop your audience. || Speakers: Stephen Lieber, Stephanie Lovegrove Hansen, Michelle Mason, Colleen Scollans, Jake Zarnegar

As university presses and non-profit scholarly publishers continue to embrace open access, there is no one answer for how to participate in a way that reflects both mission and responsible financial investment. In this session, expert panelists from three significant non-profit aggregators will talk about one important building block: infrastructure. Many are unaware of the"behind the scenes" conduits established aggregators provide to maximize discoverability, accessibility, and preservation of content. A stable, flexible, and innovative infrastructure is key to ensuring OA monographs have a secure future. This panel will focus on how these aggregators are working together to complement efforts, maximize resources, and develop infrastructures that offer best practices and long-term success for OA monograph publishers of all sizes. The temporary freeing of content at the start of the pandemic provided insightful data that will inform this discussion. The takeaway will be a deeper understanding of the importance of sustainable infrastructure and the need for greater collaboration in the OA monograph space. || Speakers: Susan Doerr, Wendy Queen, Niels Stern

This session will provide key insights and practical examples around the new and emerging field of infodemiology, with particular attention to the technologies and practices supporting infoveillance. Attendees will hear thought leaders present the latest research, developments and outcomes, including summaries from the very first WHO Infodemiology conference held in 2020. The goal of the session is to prompt the scholarly communications community to think about how to contribute more proactively to a transparent and accurate health information ecosystem, encouraging trust and reliable guidance and using a systems approach to science communication for social impact. Infodemiological practices have also been applied to a range of areas where misinformation and disinformation abound. As background from the WHO, an infodemic is an overabundance of information—some accurate and some not—occurring during an epidemic. It makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it. Even when people have access to high-quality information, there are still barriers they must overcome to take the recommended action. An infodemic cannot be eliminated, but it can be managed. To respond effectively to infodemics, WHO calls for adaptation, development, validation and evaluation of new evidence-based measures and practices to prevent, detect and respond to mis- and disinformation. In the context of this meeting, "infodemiology" is defined as the science of managing infodemics. || Speakers: Lisa Cuevas Shaw, Bushra Ebadi, Gunther Eysenbach, Sacha Noukhovitch, Tina Purnat, Adrian Stanley

In April 2020, a group of researchers posted a thought-provoking preprint entitled "Evaluating features of scientific conferences: A call for improvements." Although this research was begun well before COVID-19 hit pandemic proportions, the researchers' findings are more relevant than ever, as content providers struggle to make content available via virtual venues. Even under normal circumstances, when travel to conferences is common, it isn't common for all, which leaves a community of researchers excluded from scientific discourse. Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in particular face a number of issues, including travel restrictions, funds, as well as gender- and career-stage inequity. Access is even harder in developing countries. These researchers need to decide between funds for travel versus funds for their laboratories. And if they have the opportunity to attend a conference, attempting to share information with others afterward is difficult due to a lack of recorded sessions and digital posters. What can the lessons of pandemic-born virtual conferences teach us about making content more accessible and distribution more equitable well after the pandemic is over? In this session, the original preprint authors discuss their personal experiences as ECRs and the difficulties they face in accessing content, as well as the changes publishers and societies need to make permanent if scientific research is to be disseminated more broadly and equitably. || Speakers: Lori Carlin, Humberto Debat, Tomislav Meštrovic, Sarvenaz Sarabipour

In a world in need of plurality, author-paid APCs may no longer be king. This session will explore the role of librarians and funders in supporting new OA business models—financially and strategically. Specific case studies will be used to share the experience of publishers (large and small, transformative and born-OA) as they experiment with models that move away from author-paid APCs, including subscribe to open, the read-and-publish arrangements driving transformative journals, and a collective action model. Plan S and other market forces have shown that one size cannot and will not fit all. Join us to discuss some of the many possible new states of open access funding without the APC. || Speakers: Romy Beard, O. Claire Moulton, Dr, Kamran Naim, Dr., Nikul Patel, Andy Utterback

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen preprints rise to the fore, accelerating scientific pursuit and enabling global open access to cutting-edge research. But what worked and did not work for preprint servers during the pandemic? What missing links in technology, workflow or submissions processes did the last year expose? And in an era of fake news when disinformation is also rife, and even the most innocuous of issues can become politicized, how do we protect against misinterpretation or misuse of science by bad faith actors? In this educational session, our panelists will describe how journals are beginning to interact with preprints in their editorial workflow. We will look back at lessons learned for preprints during the pandemic, and forward to discuss how we can maintain trust in science in an increasingly polarised world. || Speakers: Jonathon Coates, John Inglis, Nonia Pariente, John Sack, Shalene Singh-Shepherd

This session brings together publishers, librarians, and scholarly society executives to explore challenges and opportunities relating to publishing publicly engaged humanities scholarship. In 2020, the Public Humanities & Publishing Working Group, convened by Routledge, Taylor & Francis and the National Humanities Alliance (USA), assembled to document ways in which publishing intersects with and enriches publicly engaged work. Across the humanities, researchers are engaging wide-ranging communities in their scholarship as audiences and as partners. In Durham, North Carolina, for example, the SNCC Digital Gateway (https://snccdigital.org/), an archive and documentary website, was co-created by academics at Duke University and their community partners, SNCC Legacy Project and Teaching for Change. The Jewish Kentucky Oral History Initiative (https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/ark:/16417/xt7w6m33529z) brought together faculty and students with the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, to create digital stories, exhibits, and podcasts drawing on oral history interviews with members of the state's Jewish community. || Speakers: Katherine Burton, Daniel Fisher, Judy Ruttenberg, Dave Tell, Michelle Urberg, Elizabeth Waraksa

The disparate effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on historically marginalized communities have underscored the inequities that have long existed within the scientific research and publishing industries. International researchers' work and lives have been upended by limitations on travel and visas (European Commission, 2020), while primary caregivers (whose roles overwhelmingly fall to women) balancing caregiving duties with remote research and academic priorities are publishing and reviewing less often (Cochran, 2020). Meanwhile, libraries from historically underfunded institutions (including historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, or community colleges) will be faced with further strained university budgets in the coming years. This panel session will address these and other inequities by presenting research and perspectives from several organizations working to address COVID-19's effects on scholarly communications. Panelists will include an international researcher, a publisher measuring the COVID-19 gender gap in authorship and reviewership, and a librarian from an historically underfunded institution. The session will also include a roundtable discussion among the participants, outlining potential solutions and resources for reducing such inequities. Presented by SSP's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. || Speakers: Chhavi Chauhan, PhD, Lois Jones, Willie E. May, Stephanie Pollock, Adriana Romero-Olivares, PhD, Cassidy Sugimoto

The development of a world-class domestic STM journal publishing program has become a national goal of China; to move forward from having a large presence in science and technology, to becoming a world recognized STM powerhouse. China has emphasized its national strategy to build a group of the world's leading STM journals within a clear timeline through the issue of the"Chinese STM Journal Excellence Action Plan (2019-2023)", which includes specific directives to encourage domestic collaboration and expansion. Additionally, in February 2020, the Ministry of Science & Technology issued the notice"Some measures to eliminate the unhealthy orientation o'paper-only' in science and technology evaluation (trial)." At the same time, a new notice on "Regulating the use of related indicators in SCI papers in higher education institutions: opinions on establishing correct evaluation orientation" was jointly issued by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science & Technology. To help inform the international publishing community, this session will provide first-hand critical insight into these most recent developments that have the potential to reshape the academic publishing industry in China. || Speakers: Donald Samulack, Zhaoping LYU, Christine Hu, Zong-Ming Cheng, PhD, Bing LIU, Tieming Zhang

This session will highlight some of the barriers that people with different types of disabilities face in their publishing careers, and it will suggest some ways that these could be broken down and overcome. The session will look at the employee lifecycle, from recruitment to onboarding, working and development, assessing how organizations can better serve the 15% of the global workforce that have a disability. We will look at both physical and neurological disabilities, remembering that 80% of disabilities are"invisible"that is, not visible to others. We will also hear from someone who works to increase disability inclusion in the workplace, offering insight into what some organizations in our sector are doing to be more disability-inclusive. You will leave this session with some practical ideas as to what you can do to make your organization more disability confident. The emphasis will be on grassroots initiatives that can be started by individuals, underlining that we all have the ability to help create positive change. || Speakers: Katy Alexander, Simon Holt, Sylvia Izzo Hunter, Kristina Martin, Ruth Wells

Many societies and associations have several teams that generate new product ideas, including meetings and education. Because of silos, publishing staff are often left out of these discussions. Yet the need for innovation couldn't be greater, both for income diversification and for expanding the reach of the organization's mission. In publishing teams, this can often lead to a pressurized environment of signing more books and starting more journals. But are there new avenues for developing products, thinking beyond the book-and-journal format, collaborating with colleagues from other teams, and in the process, enhancing job security? Our panelists think so and will share best practices in new product development, ways to integrate the process across the various teams responsible for revenue, and case studies of resulting products. You'll come away with an enhanced understanding of best practices in new product development, tips for breaking down silos and increasing collaboration, and concrete examples of successfully launched new products (however success is defined: revenue goals, membership development, enhancement of brand, etc.), including what worked and what was challenging. || Speakers: Alexa Colella, Michele Dominiak, Paul Gee, Jessica Lawrence-Hurt, Jess Ludwig

Whether you are an author, a journal editorial office, a publisher, or a funder, ensuring compliance with an ever-changing set of policies and guidelines can seem like an impossible quest. This session presents an actual quest: join our intrepid adventurers/panelists as they travel from Policy City to the elusive and potentially mythical Castle of Researcher Compliance. Can they defeat the three headed troll of conflicting instructions? Will the wizard of Machine Learning help them or hinder them? And if they do reach Compliance, will there be any treasure to cover their costs? The adventurers boast expertise in arcane areas such as Open Access policies, funder mandates, and data sharing policies. Join us in determining how our adventurers will conquer (or succumb to) these challenges. On the side, we'll have a serious discussion of how stakeholders can cross the implementation gap between the good intentions of a policy and the goal of consistent and monitored compliance. || Speakers: Ginny Barbour, Jessica Miles, Natasha Simons, Ms, Heather Staines, Tim Vines