Day 1 US Annual Conference

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

Is your publishing house the researcher’s north star?


Registration and networking continental breakfast


Chaired by and opening:  Jay Flynn, Senior Vice President, Wiley

Welcome from the STM Board Chair - Jason Wilde, Chief Publishing Officer, AIP Publishing

Researchers are our North Star

Opening Keynote: Judy Verses, EVP Research, Wiley

As change in scientific and scholarly publishing continues to accelerate, many parallels are
emerging between our industry and other highly dynamic markets.  With a diverse background
across a number of disrupted industries, Judy Verses will explore some of these parallels and
offer insights into how we as an industry can discover and develop areas of opportunity.


Refreshment break & networking


Three researchers: Communication needs, new modes of validation and data availability.

Moderated by Jay Flynn, Senior Vice President, Wiley

Explanation of their area of work, collaboration, validation, information sources.
Do journals meet your needs?

Emergent trends and needs in scientific publishing as seen by a material scientist
and chemical engineer

Arthi Jayaraman, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, 
University of Delaware

My research expertise lies in development and use of models and computational techniques to
connect molecular features of polymer materials to their macroscopic properties, thereby guiding
design and engineering of the next generation of tailor-made materials for a variety of applications
in the energy and biomedical fields. In this talk I will present some highlights of my lab’s research
in the context of the journals we publish our work in. I will also discuss the emergent trends in
publishing within my field, focusing on our need to share raw data, computational and experimental,
to improve reproducibility in published results, as well as to enable data-sharing for building large
materials library.   

Fishing expeditions: a way to catch fish.

Casey Greene, Assistant Professor Of Pharmacology, Smilow Center for Translational Research, 
University of Pennsylvania

Our understanding of the world, and specific maladies, improves when scientists metaphorically go
fishing. However, the term "fishing expedition" is primarily used as a pejorative when applied to
scientific projects. I'll talk about our research, which is developing methods to support rigorous
fishing expeditions in public data. I'll discuss new reading and sharing platforms are affecting how we communicate. And I'll close with some thoughts on how journals can change to increase the value
they add to scientific publishing in the 21st century.

Research Outputs and Publishing Platforms in the Digital Humanities

Jim English, John Welsh Centennial Professor of English
Director of the Wolf Humanities Center and the Price Lab for Digital Humanities
University of Pennsylvania

Scholars doing computational work in literary and cultural studies face a number of challenges
that are new to our humanities disciplines.  How widely and in what forms should we share our

Should technical innovations and the associated chunks of code be published alongside the
primary outputs of our research, or do they belong on some separate track of assessment and
dissemination?  Where can we publish articles that include complex, interactive visualizations?  

Jim English will describe some of his own current research and other projects in and around
Penn's Price Lab for Digital Humanities, along with the publishing platforms that are emerging
to serve this emergent wing of scholarly activity.


Lunch & networking


Pre-publication sharing – Friend or foe?

Moderated by Darrell W. Gunter, Director STM North America and Membership, STM Association

‘Three Shades of Pre-Prints’- Our esteemed panel will present their thoughts & view on Pre-Prints!

Louise Page,  Chief Innovation Officer, PLOS

Unlike the physical sciences, preprint adoption in the life sciences is still very low with only 
2% of published content released as a preprint.  To drive more preprint content, PLOS is on 
the cusp of adding preprints to its current publishing workflows, enabling the automatic posting 
on bioRxiv of research articles submitted to all PLOS journals.  In this talk, I’ll share how we’ve 
incorporated this new output into our existing workflows, how we came to choose bioRxiv as our 
partner, and our roadmap for future evolution.

Darla Henderson, Assistant Director & Publisher of Open Access Programs, ACS

The American Chemical Society (ACS), along with partners the Royal Society of Chemistry and
the German Chemical Society, launched in late 2017 ChemRxiv, a preprint server for the chemistry
community.  Preprint adoption in chemistry as a discipline is historically much lower than in physics,
math, or even the life sciences, where nascent preprint servers such as bioRxiv are making a
noticeable mark alongside arXiv, the 25+ year physics and mathematics server. In this talk, I
will provide insight into how we developed and launched a community-driven preprint server,
the challenges we overcame, our statistics on usage to date, outstanding preprint issues, and
reasons why publishers and societies should engage broadly with preprints.

Alberto Pepe, Director of Product, Atypon

Pre-publishing is on the rise. The volume and popularity of preprints have increased significantly 
in the last few years across a number of academic fields. The emergence of preprinting has 
obvious implications for publishing and publishers. This is because many new preprint repositories 
are emerging organically and through community support, and as such they can be a natural 
testbed where new ideas around the future of scientific communication can be applied in an 
experimental fashion. In this talk I will discuss how pre-publishing offers an unprecedented 
opportunity to move scholarly content "beyond the pdf", towards HTML-first, data-driven computable publications.


Refreshment break & networking


The future of access, part 1: The platform play and seamless content syndication

Moderated by Roger Schonfeld‪, Director, Library & Scholarly Communication Program, Ithaka S+R‪ 

Is the fate of the music business looming over STM publishers like darkening storm clouds?  
Is there going to be a Spotify for publishing?
Where will users go to get a legal, seamless aggregated search and discovery experience
and what sort of sustainable business models will emerge?  

Mendeley and Readcube propose syndicating content and brokering institutional access directly
in their researcher productivity tools and reporting usage back to publishers in support of existing
business models (Distributed Usage Logging).  

Search engines like Google Scholar & Dimensions are serving up content directly now, expanding
on their traditional role of referring traffic to publishers - and using new services like MyScienceWork
to fulfill a user’s requested article with legal, freely available versions online - even if the user doesn’t
have access to the version of record. 

What is the future of the publisher’s own platform in this scenario? How will these new efforts to
create seamless access impact traditional aggregators like EBSCO, ProQuest, and the document
delivery market (CCC)?  And most importantly, how will libraries be brought along in all of this?

Gaby Appleton, Managing Director of Mendeley 

Yann Mahé, Director Innovation & Business Development, MyScienceWork

Rob McGrath, CEO Readcube

Roy Kaufman, Managing Director, Business Development, Copyright Clearance Center


Relevance, responsibility and integrity in research

Closing keynote: Annette Thomas, CEO, Clarivate Analytics


Close of STM US Annual Conference Day 1

Jay Flynn, Senior Vice President, Wiley


Members only forum: Update on issues critical to academic & professional publishers


Cocktail reception


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