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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.
Publication Date
October 7, 2021

New Directions in Scholarly Publishing (2021)

SSP’s 2021 New Directions Seminar is 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.

Alexandra Vance


AIP Publishing

Darrell Gunter


Gunter Media Group

John Shaw


SAGE Publications, Inc.

Lisa Cuevas Shaw


Sami Benchekroun



Sami Benchekroun is the cofounder and CEO of Morressier, the company that is accelerating scientific breakthroughs by building the home for early-stage research. His vision is to create a single place for pre-published research to be discussed, shared, analyzed, and discovered by the entire scientific ecosystem. Sami is an expert on early-stage research and a frequent speaker on new developments in scholarly communication. He has a background studying business at ESCP in London, Paris and Berlin.