US Society Day

Save the date and please note our change of location to Philadelphia!

Hotel information

The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown is holding a block of rooms at a reduced group rate of $229.00 per night (April 22nd, 23rd, 24th, and 25th 2018) Group rate available until March 22nd 2018.

Please make your reservation online at STM US Society Day

Breaking Down The Silos


The 4th Annual STM Society Day conference is dedicated to helping the scholarly society publisher community to come together to discuss their opportunities, challenges and common issues.  

The scholarly publishing industry has been in a state of change for the last 20+ years.  Members of societies are seeking new ways to conduct, create and circulate their research to position their careers for sustained growth and development. This dynamic has, and will, continue to put society publishers under consistent pressure to provide their members with valued added services.

This year’s STM Society Day conference program will provide delegates with insight and ideas to address these challenges and opportunities. This year's theme, Breaking Down the Silos, brings together society executives and their members to discuss organizational and technology issues critical to competing successfully in a world of growing research collaboration across disciplines and access to data and information that is more open than ever before.

Conference Overview:

Support for an integrated and complete approach to the research project and article publication life-cycle, is something that our large, commercial competitors are rapidly implementing. Roger Schonfeld, in a December 18, 2017, Scholarly Kitchen post, Workflow Strategy for Those Left Behind: Strategic Context, described the market in which we must compete as one that is "shifting under your feet" and "qualitatively different." Competition is no longer just a matter of scale but of having a complete set of research workflow offerings.

Societies of all sizes and disciplines must look both within and externally to compete and thrive in this new workflow-centric marketplace. Societies must ask themselves uncomfortable questions to stay relevant to the communities they serve. Attend this year's STM Association Society Day Conference to help you determine if your organization has:

  • A strategy that is rooted in the past or looking to the future?
  • The right organizational structure and staff to execute on opportunities outside of traditional scholarly publishing?
  • The right culture to successfully bring to bear key internal assets and competencies to strengthen or transform its member value proposition?
  • Partnerships that enable the organization to meet the changing needs of your members?



Registration and networking continental breakfast


Welcome & Opening – Chair – Sarah Tegen, Vice President Global Journals Development, ACS

Keynote Speaker: Clifford A. Hudis, CEO, American Society of Clinical Oncology


Reflections on the International Impact of Chinese STM Journals

Helen Y.H. Zhang, Senior Editor(Prof.), Journal Director, J of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE A/B & FITEE, VP, Society of China University Journals

So far, there have been more than 5 thousand STM periodicals which include a rapidly increasing number of English-language STM journals (about 430). In order to quickly increase the international influence of Chinese STM journals, significant efforts from government management that launched “Project for Enhancing International Impact of China STM Journals (PIIJ)” (2012–2016), to publishers were undertaken and have achieved excellent results, along with obtaining good data, which will be shared with you in this report. However, while facing 2021 STM Publishing technology trends and values, such as “Trust & Integrity,” Chinese journal editors, including myself, a senior STM journal editor, need to think deeply about what is needed to create a high impact international journal with a strong reputation and more trust from reviewing the content values, developing truly innovative services, ensuring publication ethics & research integrity, as well as training international editorial teams etc. In short, we are still on the way to learning……


Refreshment break & networking


The Chief Information Officer Perspective

Moderated by Andy Heard, Senior Director, IT Business Partner

Cherif Amirat,  Chief Information Officer, IEEE

John Sullivan, Chief Information Officer, ACS


Lunch & networking


The Humanities and Social Science Publisher Perspectives

Eric Merkel-Sobotta,  Director Communications, De Gruyter

Angela Gibson, Director Scholarly Communication, MLA


Coordinating all aspects of research

Moderated by Phill Jones, Director of Publishing Innovation, Digital Science

Panel TBC


Refreshment break & networking


Closing Keynote: Ann Gabriel, Vice President, Academic & Research Relations, Elsevier
The shift from a publishing to information analytics company


Meeting wrap-up & close
Chair – Sarah Tegen, Vice President Global Journals Development, ACS


Cocktail reception


Executive Planning Committee:
Chair –  Sarah Tegen - Vice President Global Journals Development, American Chemical Society (ACS)
Dawn Melley - Senior Director, Publishing Operations, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
David Sampson - Vice President and Publisher, Publishing, IEEE


Events Terms and Conditions

Cancellations made in writing up to 30 days before an event are eligible for a 50% refund. No refunds can be made for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the event date, however, substitutions may be made free of charge at any time.

Registration fees do not include insurance. Participants are advised to take out adequate personal insurance to cover travel, accommodation, cancellation and personal effects.