STM 2020 Board Elections Now Open!

Nominations for STM Board seats has now begun (  There are five vacancies available:

  • Three "Undesignated"
  • One Designated "Non EU/US”
  • One Designated “Early Career Publisher”

Please refer to Item C, Articles 11-16 of the STM By-Laws which explains the definition of the seats and provides details of the responsibilities of becoming an STM Board Member (

Designated and Undesignated Seats

  • A “Designated” seat candidate (“Non EU/US” and “Early Career Publisher”) may choose to simultaneously stand for election as an “Undesignated” candidate.
  • A candidate who chooses to stand for both an “Undesignated” and a “Designated” seat must be nominated and seconded for each seat separately.
  • The same individual(s) who has nominated and/or seconded an individual’s candidacy for a “Designated” seat may also nominate and/or second that individual’s candidacy for an “Undesignated” seat.

In the event that the candidate wins more than one seat, a designated seat takes preference over an undesignated seat; if the candidate wins more than one designated seat, the seat with the highest number of votes for that candidate will be the one that is won.  If a candidate is nominated for more than one seat, and the candidate is the only nominee for any one of the seats, that uncontested seat is filled by the nominee at the close of nominations.

Nomination, Approval, and Seconding Procedures

If you are employed by an STM publishing member company (regular) you can be nominated by another person who is employed by an STM publishing member company or nominate yourself. In either case, the nominee is responsible to secure a second for his/her nomination from another individual who is also employed by an STM publishing member company.

The candidate must receive approval for his/her candidacy from the Head of Member Organisation (the most senior executive of the publishing enterprise,) as recognized by STM before being put on the ballot.

For the current composition of the STM Board, please visit:

From June through August, nominations ensue, votes are cast, and newly elected members are chosen in mid-September. The elected Board members will be introduced and results ratified at the 12 October 2020 AGM.

The deadline for nominations is 5.00pm (BST) on 3 August 2020

The 2020 STM Election Oversight Committee

  • Gaby Appleton, Elsevier
  • Agnès Henri, EDP Sciences (Chair)
  • Jasmin Lange, BRILL

Any questions, please get in touch with Kim Beadle: