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AI Goes from Disruptive to Imperative

In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has been tested in a handful of academic publishing processes: discoverability, peer review, recommending content, and improving efficiency. But now the technology has advanced to the point where user experience can be highly personalized, scalability can be achieved without sacrificing quality, and machines generate entire books. We are now at a high-tech crossroads and it’s time for publishers to leap. This panel of movers and shakers in AI will explore exactly what can be gained by wider adoption of AI-powered solutions into editorial and production workflows. Stakeholders will discuss real use cases where intelligent automation has freed up time for critical efforts requiring human analysis and subject matter expertise. More importantly, we will tackle head-on the many uncertainties raised by AI, from its mysterious workings and unintended bias to fears about computers replacing people. Bring your questions and prepare to have your anxieties calmed as we imagine a publishing ecosystem of rapid workflows, higher-quality content, and an enhanced experience for authors and readers.
Release Date: 08/31/2020
Editorial Innovations | Keywords: AI, content, scalability, publishing, workflows, automation, strategy
Our debut series on the SSP OnDemand Library, the 2020 Professional Development Series offers presentations on current trends and issues in scholarly communications—from the impact of COVID-19 to diversity, equity, and inclusion in publishing--available at your convenience. New video presentations will be released each week; free materials and paid sessions can be accessed individually or as part of a group; all recordings may be accessed asynchronously, but registrants can also interact with presenters and fellow audience members during live screenings! Videos will be offered on the following topics: Business Models and Strategies, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Editorial Innovations, Ethics and Standards, Global Trends, Research Perspectives. Featuring panels of leaders in their respective fields, this series is a must for anyone wishing to keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry.

Erin L. Cox

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Founder & President, ELC Productions

Erin L. Cox has worked in publishing for over 20 years, as a publicist at Scribner and HarperCollins, book publishing director at The New Yorker, and as Business Development Director at Publishing Perspectives. Erin is currently the Founder and President of ELC Productions where she offers consulting services to international organizations and companies in the publishing space. Twitter: @erinlcox

Josh Nicholson

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CEO, Scite.Ai

Josh Nicholson is co-founder and CEO of scite (scite.ai). scite is a deep learning platform that allows anyone to see how a scientific paper has been cited, not just how many times and, specifically, if it has been supported or contradicted with evidence. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of the Winnower and CEO of Authorea (acquired in 2018 by Wiley), two companies aimed at improving how scientists publish and collaborate. He holds a PhD in cell biology from Virginia Tech, where his research focused on the effects of aneuploidy on chromosome segregation in cancer cells.

Mike Groth

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Director of Marketing, Cenveo Publisher Services

Niels Peter Thomas

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Managing Director Books, Springer Nature

As Managing Director Books, Niels is responsible for Springer Nature’s books portfolio, spanning more than 300,000 academic books across all subject areas, and 13,000 new books each year. He is also in charge of more than 600 editorial colleagues worldwide, coordinating the books business across Springer Nature’s renowned book imprints, such as Springer, Palgrave Macmillan, J.B. Metzler, and others. His main tasks also include further development of print and electronic books, innovative technical features, new business models and workflows. Building on his former position as Chief Book Strategist, he is responsible for defining Springer Nature’s global strategy to shape the future of book publishing and reading. Niels joined Springer in 2005 and worked in various editorial and management positions in Heidelberg and Wiesbaden, Germany, as well as in Beijing, China. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a PhD in economics.

In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has been tested in a handful of academic publishing processes: discoverability, peer review, recommending content, and improving efficiency. But now the technology has advanced to the point where user experience can be highly personalized, scalability can be achieved without sacrificing quality, and machines generate entire books. We are now at a high-tech crossroads and it’s time for publishers to leap. This panel of movers and shakers in AI will explore exactly what can be gained by wider adoption of AI-powered solutions into editorial and production workflows. Stakeholders will discuss real use cases where intelligent automation has freed up time for critical efforts requiring human analysis and subject matter expertise. More importantly, we will tackle head-on the many uncertainties raised by AI, from its mysterious workings and unintended bias to fears about computers replacing people. Bring your questions and prepare to have your anxieties calmed as we imagine a publishing ecosystem of rapid workflows, higher-quality content, and an enhanced experience for authors and readers.