STM Frankfurt Conference 2017

Collaborating and communicating for scholarly publishing excellence

Book your place now to avoid disappointment - This conference was sold out in 2016, and registration will close when the venue capacity is reached


STM’s Annual Frankfurt Conference has established itself as the ‘sell out’ event prior to the Book Fair. 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, the Frankfurt conference is an unrivalled networking opportunity, which attracts international attendees from all sizes of publishing organizations.


Registration, networking breakfast



Darrell W. Gunter, Director STM North America & Membership

Welcome & opening
STM Board Chair


Keynote Speaker

Scholarly Publishing in a Time of Disruption and Turmoil: The Prospects for Radical Collaboration

James G. Neal, University Librarian Emeritus, Columbia University, and President of the American Library Association


Refreshment break & networking


Panel #1:  What’s happening? Catch the latest updates and developments that are occurring in the scholarly publishing industry

Moderated by: Darrell W. Gunter, Director STM North America & Membership

The OADAT (Open Access Data Analytics Tool) update
Daniel Pollock, Senior Analyst, Delta Think

The findings of our feasibility study for a 'Friends of Research4Life' entity.
Andrea Powell, Chief Information Officer, CABI

The STM- supported Research4Life initiative has been extremely successful for over 15 years in facilitating free or very low-cost access in lower income countries to the world’s most important scientific research, and has helped to improve the quality and impact of research, research communication and information management in many thousands of qualifying institutions.   In 2016 an ambitious Strategic Plan was published by the Research4Life Executive Council, which set out ways in which Research4Life could do even more to support the objectives of the UN’s Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a particular focus on the development of evidence-based policies and investment priorities.   In order to realise this strategy, however, Research4Life needs greater financial sustainability, and regular funds to enable it to rely less on volunteer effort and in-kind contributions.  Accordingly, CABI has been commissioned to carry out a feasibility study into the establishment of a fund-raising mechanism and strategy for Research4Life, and to test donor appetite for its value proposition.  This presentation will present the results and recommendations of that study, including a proposal for a non-profit “Friends of Research4Life” entity with a membership structure and fund-raising capabilities

Bringing trust and efficiency to peer review: an update from Publons and Clarivate Analytics Andrew Preston, Managing Director, Publons, Clarivate

Digital Piracy – New ways to protect your content
Sari Frances, Manager of Digital License Compliance, IEEE 

SCN, sharing and publishing – convergence or divergence?
Wouter Haak, VP Research Data Management, Elsevier




STM lecture series #1: 

The Accessibility Imperative in Scholarly and Academic publishing.

Digital creation and delivery of Scholarly and Academic publications comes with an inherent opportunity to provide these products in “born accessible” formats. Such formats would allow students and scholars with visual impairments and print disabilities, independent access to the materials they need for their research and studies, without necessitating sighted assistance or the requirement to request alternate versions.  So why do we continue to maintain barriers to accessibility?

This presentation will explore the current challenges faced by students and scholars with disabilities in gaining access to the materials they need. It will also examine the time consuming and redundant processes that academic institutions must employ to ensure the timely and effective provision of these materials for their students because accessible versions are not commercially available.

Jamie Axelrod, Director, Disability Resources, ADA Coordinator/504 Compliance Officer, Northern Arizona University & President, Association on Higher Education and Disability


STM lecture series #2

JPPS: New publishing practices and standards for boosting the quality and reputation of developing-country journals

Susan Murray, Executive Director, African Journals Online

Journals in the developing world play an important role in disseminating research about the many problems facing their countries and regions. However, these journals face challenges in becoming known and respected in the international research landscape. This presentation will show how the JPPS prinicples of best practices of journal publishing is changing this perception and delivering quality scholarly research


Refreshment break & networking


Panel #2 Diversity and inclusion panel – Diversity to improve scholarly research  

Our experts will share their views and insights on how diversity and inclusion will help your publishing house to be more productive and profitable

Moderated by: Tracey Armstrong, CEO, Copyright Clearance Center

Gemma Hersh, VP, Policy and Communications, Elsevier

Mandy Hill, Managing Director, Academic Publishing, Cambridge University Press

Leon Heward-Mills, Global Publishing Director, Taylor & Francis Group

Sonya T. Smith, PhD., Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University




Close for non-Members 

Members only Forum:

Update on issues critical to academic & professional publishers

17:15 - 18:45

Reception drinks & networking


Visit STM in hall 4.2, stand D21 at the Frankfurt Book Fair 11th – 14th October 2017


Events Terms and Conditions

Where an event has registration fees, cancellations made in writing up to 30 days before an event are eligible for a 50% refund. No refunds can be made for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the event date, however, substitutions may be made free of charge at any time.

Registration fees do not include insurance. Participants are advised to take out adequate personal insurance to cover travel, accommodation, cancellation and personal effects.