As Chair of the STM Board, I am deeply proud to celebrate our organizations’ 50th anniversary. The success of STM is in no small part due to the tireless efforts of the association’s members, colleagues and staff. All have given their time, energy and expertise across a host of industry activities and important initiatives throughout the past fifty years.
Throughout our anniversary year we’ll not only be reflecting on the great individual and collective contributions that have helped shape the modern scholarly publishing industry, but also looking forward to how, collectively, we can meet the important challenges of the future. STM has a long history of pursuing solutions both innovatively, and collaboratively, and I am certain that moving forward, this sense of passion and agility will remain at the heart of everything we do.
STM was founded in 1968, at a time when publishing technology was just starting to make the world smaller, whilst globalization was simultaneously making it a whole lot bigger. As a researcher (albeit briefly) and Publisher these last 25 years I have watched, or taken part in, the development of, many initiatives that have driven our industry forward. From the first online journals, the growth of Open Access and the development of OA Mega-Journal’s, experiments in many different types of peer-review; all the way to the creation of organizations to help navigate the links between articles (CrossRef), disambiguating authors (ORCID) and make federally funded research publicly available (CHORUS).
Whilst innovation and development around our core publishing mission continues, we also see the evolution of publishers from content providers to software developers. As an ex-colleague of mine, Timo Hannay, once said “scientists have better tools to manage their music, than their research”. This used to be true, but today there are a plethora of tools and services around the researcher workflow from many different organizations - Clarivate Analytics, Digital Science, Elsevier alongside, too many to mention, new and innovative start-ups.
This is a truly fast paced, exciting time to be part of our industry and the association’s challenge is to represent the interests of all publishing (large or small) as we engage with Governments and Funders to ensure we serve research communities spanning all disciplines and geographical boundaries.
It is my great honor to Chair the STM Board through this milestone and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their ongoing support of STM, and for joining us as we look to forward to our next fifty years.
STM Board Chair