STM Spring Conference 2012
The New Normal: Users and Publishers Evolving Publishing

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Comments about the 2011 conference:

  • Consistently good, informed, thought-provoking and useful
  • Receptions were great for meeting colleagues & catching up
  • Faultless!
  • High level of interaction
  • Great venue & networking
  • Scene-setting keynotes; well-informed speakers
  • Thought-provoking. Well worth the time away from the office.

Preliminary Program


Tuesday, May 1

5:00pm - 7:00pm


5:30pm - 7:00pm

Welcome Reception at the Washington Marriott




Wednesday, May 2

8:00am - 9:00am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:10am - 9:15am

Welcome & Introduction

Eric Merkel-Sobotta, STM Board Chair, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, Springer Science+Business Media

9:15am - 10:15am

Keynote: Reflections on the life cycle of the biomedical research paper

David Lipman, Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Institutes of Health. NCBI is the home of GenBank the U.S. node of the International Sequence Database Consortium, and PubMed, one of the most heavily used sites in the world for the search and retrieval of biomedical information.

10:15am - 10:45am


10:45am - 12:30pm

Panel: Transforming how we work with users

Stakeholders within the scholarly publishing world, talk about keeping up and trying to get ahead of the new realities of changing business and access models.

Moderator: Ray Colón, Director, Product Management, Springer Science+Business Media


eLife - a researcher-led, open-access journal for life and biomedical science

Mark Patterson, Managing Executive Editor, eLife

In June 2011, three of the world's leading research funding agencies announced plans to launch a top-tier, open-access research journal covering the life and biomedical sciences.  The key priorities of eLife are to establish a swift and decisive editorial process and to explore ways in which digital media can be used to maximum effect in the communication of new research. eLife therefore represents a direct effort by funding agencies to accelerate the transformation of research communication so that it is adapted to digital media, and reflects the view that the communication of research results is an integral part of research itself.  Editorial responsibility for eLife resides with a community of active researchers who are committed to providing an outstanding and constructive editorial service to authors.  Longer term, the goal is for the eLife project to be a catalyst for innovation in research communication.


Dr. Victor Henning, Co-founder & CEO, Mendeley, Ltd

Mendeley was started in 2008 by three Ph.D. students in a kitchen. Four years later, it has grown into a community of over 1.5 million researchers around the world who have collectively uploaded more than 220 million research papers, making Mendeley the world's largest scientific collaboration platform and database. This talk will highlight the two pillars of Mendeley's business model and success: User experience and user contributions to literally everything they do.


Evolving to Meet the Needs of Users
Sid McNeal
, Vice President and General Manager, Publisher Affairs and EBSCO International, EBSCO

The information industry has experienced an unprecedented period of assessment, strategic review, and reaction resulting from continued changes in the methods of disseminating scholarly electronic information. This presentation explores how intermediaries are facilitating unique and new forms of content acquisitions, developing new gateways for supply, and simplifying needful processes to allow users unfettered access to information. Creative thinking paired with the constant development of new, adaptable tools is a “necessary” that enables information intermediaries to provide top-level service that supports electronic content purchases and provides uninterrupted aid to the natural discovery and research process.

12:30pm - 1:45pm


1:45pm - 1:50pm

Introduction to the afternoon

Della Sar, Director, Institutional Relations, Nature Publishing Group

1:50pm - 3:15pm

The Transformation of Libraries and their Users: Q & A with Librarians

This session will bring together four librarians representing a cross section of STM intensive institutions. The session will be driven by questions and interests of STM members including: how librarians make content decisions, budgeting, new roles for librarians, impact of mobile technologies, institutional repositories, role of the consortium and more . . .
Moderators: Della Sar, Director, Institutional Relations, Nature Publishing Group and T. Scott Plutchak, Associate Professor and Director of the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB)

Session organized jointly with the Chicago Collaborative.

  • Ivy Anderson, Director, Collection Development & Management Program, California Digital Library
  • Jill Emery, Collections Librarian, Portland State University Library
  • Steven Gass, Associate Director for Research and Instructional Services, MIT Libraries
  • Lorraine J. Haricombe, Dean of Libraries, University of Kansas

3:15pm - 3:45pm


3:45pm - 5:15pm

Panel: A Day in the Life of 3 Researchers

Researchers speak from different points in their research careers about how they do literature research today, how they’ve done it in the past, and how they wish they could do it today.
Moderator: William Cook
, Director of Publications, American Geophysical Union


Meet Tim: The Professor and Journal Editor

Timothy L. Grove, PhD, Professor of Geology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tim started his research career in Earth and Planetary science during the Apollo era when yellow legal pads, typewriters and Hollerith cards were the tools of science research and publishing.  He has served for 22 years  as chief editor of a major geoscience journal and experienced multiple transitions from the paper to the electronic world in his research, writing and publishing.  He will share his perspectives of the most recent trends in  research and publishing in the context his working and mentoring relationship with his most recent doctoral student and fellow panelist, Christy Till.


Meet Christy: The Postdoctoral Fellow

Christy B. Till, PhD, Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, United States Geological Survey

Christy started her geology research career in the era of Google and Web of Science and will share her typical day-to-day interactions with scientific literature as a doctoral student and now as a postdoc in a government research facility.  Her use of scientific literature and relevant software will be compared and contrasted to that of her doctoral advisor, fellow panelist Professor Timothy L. Grove.


William T. Jackson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Medical College of Wisconsin

William Jackson's career spans from the days of crude command-line literature searches and paid copy-machine cards to the current era of web search and open-access pdf files. Dr. Jackson will walk through a biomedical scientist's typical interactions with the scientific literature from 1993 through his hopes for 2013. Armed with his opinions and little else, Dr. Jackson will make a case for improved file formats, better search, and finding a middle ground between paywalls and open access to articles.


Meeting closed for the day

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Networking Reception, Washington Marriott




Thursday, May 3

8:00am - 9:00am

Continental Breakfast & Networking

9:05am - 9:10am

Introduction to the morning & keynote

9:10am - 10:00am

Keynote: Building a Bridge to Science

Mariette DiChristina, Editor in Chief, Scientific American

The speaker oversees Scientific American, Scientific, Scientific American MIND and all newsstand special editions. She is the eighth person and first female to assume the top post in Scientific American's 165-year history.

American students ranked a troubling 21st out of 30 in science literacy among students from developed countries and 25th out of 30 in math literacy in the 2006 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) comparison. How can we build a better bridge to science? As a proud member of the public-private partnership Change the Equation, begun by the White House as part of Educate to Innovate, Nature Publishing Group recently has launched a series of programs that use digital platforms make direct connections with the people who can make a difference: kids, parents, teachers and the public at large.


In 2011 at Scientific American, the three programs were part of astounding site traffic growth - unique visitors doubled, to 4.0 million - showing that what's good for informal education is good for regular business as well.

10:00am - 10:30am


10:30am - 12:00pm

Innovations: Enabling your Customers to Design your Products

Back in the day, it was enough to print journals and bind books that users needed for research. New technologies make current options ubiquitous. It's becoming about what the customers want - what, how, when, and where (mobile). Building new products is becoming a collaboration between publishers and users.

Moderator: David Martinsen, Senior Scientist, Web Strategy and Innovation, American Chemical Society


Elsevier's Applications and Developer Network, a new publishing ecosystem

Rafael Sidi, Vice President, Elsevier, Applications and Developer Network

This session will present a new applications ecosystem that enables developers, researchers and academic and government institutions to develop research tools that leverage scientific content and APIs. Sidi will talk about an open platform that enables collaboration with the scientific community- researchers and developers- on solutions that target researcher interests and workflows. He will explain how publishers can offer their content through APIs and how publishers and platform providers can present developers with application building tools. This ecosystem will create a channel where developers can collaborate with researchers in developing new solutions to improve researchers productivity  and will set a new way research information is discovered, used, shared and re-used to accelerate science.


Developing Applications for Elsevier's SciVerse Platform, Developer Perspective

Thomas Taylor, Director of Product Development, INFOTECH Soft

INFOTECH Soft and Massachusetts General Hospital have co-developed two applications for Elsevier's SciVerse platform to enable cross-database semantic search of National Cancer Institute cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) resources. The Cancer Models Gateway links Science Direct searches to computational cancer models in the Center for the Development of a Virtual Tumor’s Digital Model Repository (CViT DMR) and animal models of cancer in the Cancer Models Database (caMOD). The Cancer Images Gateway links Science Direct full-text articles to matching content in the Cancer Images Database (caIMAGE).


Portfolio Expansion: Beginning the journey from "of" to "with" by designing to the customer

Mady Tissenbaum, Associate Publisher and General Manager, The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery

Publishing portfolios are commonplace, but often have evolved somewhat haphazardly over time. If presented with the opportunity to make one anew, how would you proceed? This presentation outlines a customer-centric approach, with design and strategy combining into a successful approach to growth and innovation.


Springer's Fast Track Product Development: Using customers and a variety of development tools

Ray Colón, Director, Product Management, Springer Science+Business Media

Since the launch of Springer's groundbreaking eBook program in 2006, the company has embarked on an aggressive product development schedule, launching SpringerMaterials, SpringerImages, SpringerProtocols, and SpringerReference in the span of four years. Each of these product development efforts utilized different means of including the librarian and researcher communities in their design. This talk will review some of these methods, including: customer focus groups, advisory boards, usability testing, co-creation, and complete outsourcing via API.


Close of Spring Conference

Eric Merkel-Sobotta, STM Board Chair, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, Springer Science+Business Media

12:15pm - 12:45pm

Members Forum: Issues of importance to STM members

Hotel Discount available through April 2, 2012

The Washington Marriott is holding a block of rooms at a reduced rate of $249.00+taxes for April 29, April 30, May 1, May 2). BOOK YOUR HOTEL RESERVATION ONLINE.

Program Committee for 2012
Ray Colón, Director, Product Management, Springer
William Cook, Director of Publications, American Geophysical Society (AGU)
Otis Dean, Director, VP, Journal Publishing, Social Sciences & Humanities, John Wiley
Alison Denby, Editorial Director, Oxford University Press
Della Sar, Director, Institutional Relations, Nature Publishing Group
Eefke Smit, Director, Standards & Technology, STM
Janice Kuta, Director, Membership & Marketing, STM

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