STM Annual US Conference 2017

The Future Decade of The Researcher


(Prior to the start of this event we also are holding our US Annual Conference Society Day. To see programme please click here. Registration options are available for the Conference, Society Day and combined, with a saving on your registration fee)

The Researcher is faced with the colliding worlds of competing for tenure, grants, and positions.  Together with a tsunami of articles, data, platforms and collaboration networks, the researcher is faced with many demands on their time and career.  How will the scholarly publishing industry keep up with the needs of the researcher both now and the future?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Registration and refreshments



Opening – Ann Gabriel, Vice President, Global Academic and Research Platforms, Elsevier

Welcome: Glen Campbell, Managing Director US, BMJ & Chair of the Board, STM Association


Opening Keynote:  The future of Scholarly Publishing in an AI world

Shashi Mudunuri, CEO, Research Square 

AI is already beginning to change the way every industry in the world works, including scholarly publishing. We will cover the basics of what AI is, how researcher behavior will change because of it, and what opportunities and risks are just around the corner for publishers, societies, and institutions. 


The Reproducibility Crisis:  Are STM publishers responding to it with the right solution?

Moshe Pritsker, Ph.D, CEO, JOVE

17:30 - 19:00

Opening Reception for U. S. Conference & Society seminar attendees


Wednesday, April 26, 2017 


Light continental breakfast & networking


Opening: Darrell W. Gunter, Director North America & Membership, STM Association

Welcome: Ann Gabriel, Vice President, Global Academic and Research Platforms, Elsevier


Mobile Devices: Bringing Content to the Dominant Digital Medium

Maxwell Riggsbee, Chief Product Officer, Gadget Software

Content and the people who engage it have evolved.

From static print, through the connected desktop browser onto today's interconnected smartphones and apps. Each medium impacts content and results in the reader developing a reading strategy.

At three billion users growing to 6 billion, smartphones are rapidly becoming the dominant digital medium for content. The readers operate under different conditions when reading on the smartphone than the desktop or print copy.

There is a disconnect between the traditional content structure and the smartphone. This presentation will discuss how to transform content to match the reading strategy used on smartphones.


The Researcher’s Critical Path - How should the publishing community address the current gaps and future needs of the researcher?

Moderated by: Jabin White, Vice President, Content Management, Ithaka

Insights Into What’s On the Researcher’s Mind with Respect to the Academic Publishing Process
Donald Samulack, PhD, President, US Operations, Cactus Communications, Inc.

You get what you pay for - in paper reviewing just like everywhere else
James Geller, Dean for research of the Ying Wu College of Computing. New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

Are the article and journal containers fit for purpose for a researcher in the modern world?
Richard Delahunty, Editorial Director, Taylor and Francis

A library with a view: complex realities of readers’ attention, authors’ choices, and production of knowledge.
Anna Getselman, Executive Director at Health Sciences Library, Columbia University Medical Center


Refreshment break & networking


Fostering Global Scientific Collaboration in a Time of Uncertainty

Jay Flynn, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Research Publishing, Wiley


Lunch & networking



Trends in Peer Review

As the world of scholarly research is evolving there any many new entrants and players who are seeking to improve the peer review process.  Join us as our panel looks at the current and future trends of Peer Review

Moderated by: Heather Ruland Staines, Director of Partnerships,

Annette Flanagin, Executive Managing Editor and Vice President, Editorial Operations, JAMA and The JAMA Network - Overview of Trends in Peer Review

This session will provide a brief review of the definition and purpose of editorial peer review as used by scholarly journals as well as information on the common types of peer review and variations there of (single-blind, double-blind, open, collaborative, pre- and post-publication), traditional weaknesses and new threats to peer review, new and evolving peer review models and services, rewarding and crediting peer review activity, and studies on the perceived value of peer review.

Angela Cochran, Associate Publisher, ASCE - Opening Peer Review to All

The move toward open and transparent peer review has presented opportunities and challenges for the scholarly and scientific communities. This session will explore some of the benefits and pitfalls of crowdsourced reviews, open reviews, and post publication reviews. Questions about who gets to participate and why people would want to participate will be explored.

John Inglis, Founder, bioRxiv
Bernard Rous, Director of Publications Emeritus, ACM


Recruiting, managing and growing the Early Career Researcher.  What every publisher needs to know about these new knowledge workers!

Pat Phelps, Director, Professional Development and Career Office, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Refreshment break & networking


Future Think! 

What research institutions think publishers should be thinking about?  What do the research institutions want the scholarly publishers to consider now and in the future?

Moderated by: Bryan Alexander, Futurist and Founder, Bryan Alexander Consulting

Laurence Bianchini, Consultant & Strategic Partnerships, MyScienceWork Inc.
Jean Shipman, Executive Director, Knowledge Management and Eccles Health Sciences Library University of Utah
Lydia Snover, Director, Institutional Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Pierre Montagano, Director of Business Development, Code Ocean

In today’s digital age, algorithms, code and data have become a crucial component of the scientific life cycle.  However, the current publishing ecosystem does not curate them in an executable format.  The speaker will discuss why curating software so it can run is important for researchers and institutions. He will also demonstrate a new executable code repository- Code Ocean.


Close of day Ann Gabriel, Vice President, Global Academic and Research Platforms, Elsevier

17:30 - 19:00

Conference drinks reception


Thursday, April 27, 2017


Light continental breakfast & networking


Welcome Address: STM’s Future Lab priorities

Sam Bruinsma, Brill, Chair of STM STEC and Future Lab


Keynote Panel: RA21 – Resource Access in the 21st Century

Simple access to STM content is of ultimate importance. STM started project RA21 to achieve exactly this. The RA21 pilots will help align and simplify pathways to subscribed content across participating scientific platforms of STM publishers. RA21 will address the common problems users face when interacting with multiple and varied information protocols. The pilots are open for new participants – come and listen what it can mean for you.

Moderated by: Sam Bruinsma

Julia Wallace, Project Director RA21, Consultant

Heather Flanagan, Pilot Coordinator RA21, RFC Series Editor, Project Manager, Copyeditor, Identity Management Advisor, Spherical Cow Consulting

Chris Shillum, Vice President of Platform and Data Integration, Elsevier
Elias Balafoutis, Product Manager, Atypon
Ralph Youngen, Director, Information Technology Architecture, Security, and Planning, American Chemical Society 


Refreshment break & networking


Block chain – the new tool for Trust

How Block chain technology can help the STM industry to establish trusted interactions and transactions; 2 industry innovators will provide insight with real life business cases

Moderated by: Gerry Grenier, Director of Publishing Technologies, IEEE

Jonathan Mohan, Blockchain Consultant, BitcoinNYC

Morgen Peck, Science Writer in IEEE Spectrum, Slate, Scientific American and more


STM Tech Trends 2021: The launch of STM’s newest TechTrends update

Eefke Smit, Director Standards and Technology, STM Association


Round Table Discussion: STM Tech Trends - Let’s play the silver ball

Moderated by: Chris Kenneally, Copyright Clearance Center

With 4 members of STM’s Future Lab committee:

Michael Forster, (IEEE), Heather Ruland Staines, (, Sam Bruinsma, (Brill) Deborah Sweet, (Cell Press)


Close of Conference

Glen Campbell, Managing Director US, BMJ & Chair of the Board, STM Association

13:00 – 13:45

Members Only Forum

Update on issues critical to academic & professional publishers


Conference Planning Committee:
Chair: Ann Gabriel, Vice President, Global Academic & Research Relations, Elsevier

Heather Ruland Staines, Director of Partnerships,
Jeri Wachter, William Andrew Publishing (Former Founder and Operator)
Jabin White, Vice President, Content Management at JSTOR / ITHAKA
Lindsay Allen, Publisher, Taylor and Francis



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