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Navigating the challenges of the new digital frontier

Registration for the 2020 Online Conference includes free attendance at satellite webinars (6-8 October)

Tuesday 13th October 2020

**Please note: recordings of STM virtual events will only be made available to registered attendees

As publishers continue to provide free and speedy access to vital research during a time of continued global pandemic, we are starting to gain a deeper understanding of how the industry can adapt to continue to successfully advance research worldwide in a post COVID-19 world.

This year’s STM Frankfurt Virtual Conference will explore the opportunities and challenges that exist both inside and outside of our businesses. From the continued advancement of Open Science and the dangers of a transition which widens the knowledge gap between North and South to the perpetual need for high quality, trusted research – particularly during times of global crisis.

Attracting the leading figures from across scholarly and professional publishing, STM’s event provides a program focused on strategic thinking, public policy, business models and key drivers shaping the future of the STM industry. A not-to-be-missed event for publishing managers, executives and industry leaders, which is relevant to international attendees from all sizes of organisations.


STM Frankfurt satellite webinars are included for free in combined registration.
(For full webinar programmes please see the drop down menus below):

  • 6th October: Open Science in the time of a pandemic

    7th October: Minding the gap: Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within academic publishing

  • 8th October: Facing the worldwide health crisis with vocabulary control and standards

Registration for the 2020 Online Conference includes free attendance at satellite webinars (6-8 October)

Starting time zones: Tuesday 6th October
08:00 EDT, 13:00 BST, 14:00 CEST, 20:00 SGT

Open Science in the time of a pandemic

13:00 BST 

Keynote: Data sharing in a rapid and coordinated response to infectious disease outbreaks

Priyanka Pillai, University of Melbourne, Australia


Discussion Panel: Medical journals and speed of publication during a pandemic

Moderated by: Ian Moss, CEO, STM

Representatives of BMJ, Science, The Lancet and Cell discuss the dilemmas of speedy publication of new findings.

Theodora Bloom, Executive Editor, British Medical Journal
Naomi Lee, Senior Editor, The Lancet
Valda Vinson, Editor Research, Science




Break-out groups discuss the new opportunities for sharing research data, free access to pandemic related information, quicker peer review, and collaborations with preprint servers during a pandemic.

Each group kicks off with a short introduction by an expert. The working groups are:

Sharing of Research Data – Expert: Hilary Hanahoe, Secretary General of RDA
Moderated by: Eefke Smit (STM)

Faster Peer Review – Expert: Deborah Sweet, Cell Press
Moderated by Joris van Rossum, STM

Free Access to COVID-19 publications – Expert: Arash Hejazi, Editorial Director, Wiley
Moderated by David Weinreich, STM

Collaborating with Preprint servers – Expert: Theodora Bloom, BMJ
Moderated by Claudia Russo STM


Plenary reporting back from break-out discussions


Close of satellite session


Registration for the 2020 Online Conference includes free attendance at satellite webinars (6-8 October)

If publishers are to fulfil their mission to advance research worldwide and to improve human lives, they must be representative of the societies that they serve. This webinar will explore the importance of the continuing discussion around diversity, equity and inclusion and look to discover how we, as an industry, can better respond to and support the evolving needs of all our stakeholders.

Speakers will seek to frame the current state of diversity, equity and inclusion within academic publishing - so that, even if we do not know what the road looks like up ahead, we at least know where we are now. We will also examine current initiatives that have been implemented within publishing and the broader research community that are combating the dangers of unconscious bias, discrimination, and tokenism. Following these conversations, we will then open the session to discussion and questions from the audience.

Starting time zones: Wednesday 7th October
09:00 EDT, 14:00 BST, 15:00 CEST, 21:00 SGT

Minding the gap: Programme 

14:00 BST 

Introductions Melissa Close, Associate Publisher, Emerald Publishing


Hilaire Diarra, the Journal Scientifique et Technique du Mali –

Hilaire will be speaking on the challenges of starting and running a commercial publishing enterprise in a developing country. He is currently in the process of joining Research4Life as a partner so that his journal can be accessible to others in Africa and the Global South.


Tristan Free, Digital Editor and host of the Talking Techniques podcast with the Future Science Group.

Tristan will be speaking on the impact of “helicopter research” on the research and researchers from developing nations and the ways the publishing industry can begin to address this.


Emma Tregenza, General Counsel, Emerald Publishing

Emma is leading the development of Emerald’s EDI strategy, and will be speaking towards some of the steps the company has already taken to support a more diverse and inclusive workplace and research community. This will provide one example of the challenges and successes a publisher has faced in these efforts.


Simone Taylor, Publisher, AIP Publishing

Simone is also the co-founder of the Workplace Equity Project. She will be speaking on a recently-published (May 2020) article titled “Evaluating equity in scholarly publishing” that considers the results of a WPE-sponsored global survey conducted in 2018, and how these results have been used to recommend improvements to recruitment practices, sponsorship and advocacy, and staff retention in order to create a more inclusive workforce.






Sponsored by Access Innovations

Registration for the 2020 Online Conference includes free attendance at satellite webinars (6-8 October)

Starting time zones: Thursday 8th October
09:00 EDT, 14:00 BST, 15:00 CEST, 21:00 SGT

Facing the worldwide health crisis (1 hour pre-recorded)

Travis Hicks, Director of Web Operations, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Christina Rudyj, Senior Technical Product Manager, Health Affairs

Jabin White, Vice President, Content Management, Ithaka

Marjorie M.K. Hlava, President, Chairman, and founder, Access Innovations, Inc. 

The amount of information as well as abundant misinformation available through the web has created incredible confusion among consumers and researchers alike. The need for easily accessible reliable vetted (often peer reviewed) information has never been more imperative. Research results, Clinical study results, best practices, clinical protocols all reported quickly, consistently and well tagged for fast retrieval, and with cross walks to the many encoding systems used across the globe are more necessary than ever before. Worldwide systems like the ICD-10 International Classification of Diseases (ICD) [1] of the World Health Organization (WHO), Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), SNOMED Clinical Terms (SMOMED CT) of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO), and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) [2] and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) [3] from the American Medical Association (AMA) linked to patient encounters and e-commerce purchasing systems like Ecl@ss [4] and the UNSPSC [5] gives incredible power to the people who need the information on the front lines of the point of care. 

This session will outline role the traditional and non-traditional standards play in the health care industry today ranging from the care that publishers take to encode their information for immediate use; the augmentation of that data into knowledge graphs for policy makers and the new ways in which libraries and their supporting organizations insure accessibility and distribution of the information into the hands of those who need it.  

Yet the challenges faced by health care can be found in any part of both the open data, private collections and HIPPA [6] controlled health areas. The problems include creating well-formed metadata, getting data licenses, assuring data provenance, monitoring data quality, controlling data versioning, guaranteeing data identification, data formats, data vocabularies, data access and APIs, data preservation, feedback, data enrichment, and data republication. Without this data governance – which standards support and underpin we cannot trust the information given us. 

This panel will provide an update on these important standards, specifications, and best practice guidelines that have been developed or initiated by the international standards institutions. In addition to introducing the standards, their application and best practices, the panellists will also bring insight into the adoption and implementation of new methodologies and protocols. We plan to generate discussion vital to assessing effective developments and implementations of standards, vocabularies for a safer world. 


[1] International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification.(ICD-10-CM)
[2] CPT® (Current Procedural Terminology) Use the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set to bill outpatient & office procedures.
[3] Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)
[4] eCl@ss has established itself internationally as the only ISO/IEC-compliant industry standard, and is thus the worldwide reference-data standard for the classification and unambiguous description of products and services.
[5] The United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®), managed by GS1 US™ for the UN Development Programme (UNDP)
[6] HIPPA – The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (or the Kennedy–Kassebaum Act) was enacted by the 104th United States Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. It was created primarily to modernize the flow of healthcare information, stipulate how Personally Identifiable Information maintained by the healthcare and healthcare insurance industries should be protected from fraud and theft, and address limitations on healthcare insurance coverage.

STM Frankfurt Online Conference 2020

Starting time zones: Tuesday 13th October
07:00 EDT, 12:00 BST, 13:00 CEST, 19:00 SGT


13:00 CEST 

Welcome: STM Board Chair
Introduction to Keynote Speaker: Ian Moss, CEO, STM 


Keynote from Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth


The global outlook for Open Access
Moderated by: Chris Kenneally, Director Content Marketing, Copyright Clearance Center

Rebecca Lawrence, F1000

Joy Owango, Member Of The Board Of Advisors at AfricArxiv – The free preprint service for African scientists

Sara Rouhi, PLOS




Meet the CEOs

Moderated by: Ian Moss, CEO, STM 

Kumsal Bayazit, Elsevier
Frank Vrancken Peeters, Springer Nature
Vicky Williams, Emerald Publishing


Publishing in Covid-19

Moderated by: Joyce Lorigan, Springer Nature

The Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on UK STM Publishing 
Jeremy Brinton, Senior Associate, Maverick Publishing Specialists

Hope, hype and headlines: responsible publicity in a health crisis 
Tom Sheldon, Senior Press Manager, Science Media Centre 

Panel discussion:
Annette FlanaginExecutive Managing Editor and Vice President, Editorial Operations, JAMA and The JAMA Network
Ian RobertsDirector of Library, WHO
Tom Sheldon, Senior Press Manager, Science Media Centre 



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