E-Production Seminar 2014

This seminar has been a constant part of the calendar for nearly fifteen years and last year (2013) there were more attendees than ever. It is intended primarily for those in the content management world whether publishers or vendors but any publisher or other (librarians for example) who are aware of the importance of what publishers do in house to mediate between authors and users will find much in the presentations which will be of use and indeed of interest. 

We aim to make the content of real use and enjoyment for publishers from all parts of the STM publishing world. We also strive to balance presentations from the world of books with those from the world of journals because (in spite of all the convergence) we do know that the processes are still very different in most if not all houses. We know too that containers for content are changing. 

Seminar Director: Natasha Mellins-Cohen, IOP Publishing





Registration & refreshments




Anthony Watkinson, CIBER Research and University College London


Keynote: Production is a specialist skill


This talk will cover the diversification of the traditional production role in STM journals, using the eLife production department as a model. It will cover the additional knowledge and skills that my team has developed, which would not have had been necessary even 3 years ago as production staff, and how that has led to the exciting and stimulating roles we’ve carved out for ourselves.


Melissa Harrison, eLife


Outsourcing benefits and pitfalls

Jim Lilley, Wiley


Refreshment break



Panel: Selecting and implementing a new production workflow system

Moderated by: Natasha Mellins-Cohen, IOP Publishing


This panel discussion brings together representatives from three very different publishers - Emerald, Maney and IOP - who have all chosen to use the same new production tracking system, MPS Trak.


Each of our speakers will give a brief introduction, covering- why this particular system was selected over any other- their experience of the system- and key learning points they think other publishers need to know This will be followed by a panel debate about the pros and cons of introducing such systems, and an opportunity for wider discussion with the audience.

Janine Burr-Willans, Emerald

Samantha Town, Maney

Sue Bourner, IOP Publishing





Collaboration & Convergence: How Today’s Technology Standards are Working Together to Make Things Work

EDUPUB Working Draft Document

Bill Kasdorf, Apex Content Solutions


Refreshment break



Practical and technological approaches to content production challenges, part one: display


Automated page composition at ACS

The scholarly publishing industry is in a state of flux. Open access supporters are advocating for freely available content. Publishers are struggling to maintain and grow their business in the face of technological advancements, increasing submission volumes and rapidly changing consumer demands. New entrants and startups are inventing novel methods of creating, storing, and consuming scientific information, and are creating new markets and burgeoning market opportunities.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) are an esteemed non-profit society who are also a top tier scholarly publisher. As a publisher, ACS recognise and embrace the state of flux in the industry and are continually launching new initiatives such as ChemWorx, Central Science, Editors Choice, and Author Rewards. A recent initiative developed and launched by ACS and GPSL is the Journals Composition Automation (JCA) system.

The JCA initiative revolutionised the ACS Publications division through a combination of faster publication, greatly reduced production costs and increased product quality. Accepted manuscripts have been published to the web as full text PDF articles in as little as seven (7) hours with the JCA system. JCA has now been in full production for over two years and publishes more than 300,000 pages per year.


This session will provide a summary of the project, relevant details of the planning and design process, and an overview and demonstration of the JCA publishing process.

Gareth Oakes, GPSL


Accommodating content with UX design

User experience (UX) is ultimately about the alignment of form and function in a way that solves or circumvents problems for your users. This talk will focus on the way in which form dictates function: how content can influence your user centric design process.

I will draw on case studies to compare two very different kinds of content that we encounter in the scholarly publishing sector: primary source material and STM journal content. Being aware of how content can influence architectural and design decisions will ensure that you build on solid foundations using meaningful blueprints.

Andrea Fallas, Semantico


Practical and technological approaches to content production challenges, part two: enrichment


The role of descriptive metadata & controlled vocabularies in improving semantic linkages


In a smart content discovery architecture, descriptive metadata discovers and describes content, and semantic linkages connect related concepts. This session discusses the challenges publishers face in improving the relevance of semantic linkages and how descriptive metadata coupled with controlled vocabularies including ontologies and expert curation can be the right solution.

Narendra Venkatramani, Scope eKnowledge


 Implementing content enrichment as a core competency at Wiley

Wiley, with support from 67 Bricks, started on a journey 4 years ago to develop strategically valuable content enrichment capabilities. The aim was to increase content discoverability and usage, retain and improve credibility and to develop new revenue streams. Now that these capabilities are starting to take shape, Wiley are providing more value to society partners, content consumers and internal staff members.
This talk aims to provide insight into the work carried out, the successes and the failures, the lessons learnt and some thoughts about what happens next.

Sam Herbert, 67 Bricks, and Jason Markos, Wiley


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