STM Annual U.S. Spring Conference 2014
Stewardship of Knowledge: Building a Framework for the Future of Scholarly Publishing

Publishers, authors, academic institutions, corporations, learned societies and governments are increasingly confronted with growing and changing responsibilities in providing, vetting, managing, and curating knowledge in ever-changing formats.

There are many facets to the stewardship of knowledge - increasing issues of ethics and trust in publishing, problems of government funding cut-backs across the sciences, collection, curation and governance of big data. Who is responsible for what in the chain of knowledge? Who will be responsible in the future? This conference is the first to discuss these topical issues.

Join your colleagues, business partners, and industry experts at the STM annual U. S. Spring conference

  • High-level information, data, insights, forecasts and lively discussions
  • Speakers from within and outside publishing providing practical examples and takeaways
  • Thought-provoking insights and discussion on emerging global business issues
  • And much more

Final Program

Tuesday, April 29  

5:30pm Registration


5:30 – 6:30 Welcome Reception at the Washington Marriott


Wednesday, April 30

8:00am Registration & light Continental breakfast


9:10am Welcome & Introduction

Jayne Marks, Vice President, Global Publishing, Wolters Kluwer, Health Medical Research & STM Board Chair


9:15am Keynote: What is Stewardship? – The Imperative for Collaboration

Jose-Marie Griffiths, Ph.D., Vice President, Academic Affairs, Bryant University, Providence Rhode Island

The stewardship of knowledge is an endeavor that reaches back across tens of centuries and myriad cultures, has engaged millions of individuals and institutions, and continues to form an essential foundation for the civilized world.  However, amazingly, our migration into the “Information Age” over the last few decades has thrown much of this stewardship into various states of confusion and competition.  Knowledge stakeholders — publishers, authors, academic institutions, corporations, knowledge communities and governments — are struggling to comprehend this changing knowledge stewardship landscape and their role in it, both now and in the future.  Dr. Griffiths will consider how knowledge stewardship’s practices and protagonists have changed over the centuries, but the undergirding principles of what stewardship is have not.  Griffiths will discuss using a scenario approach as a framework within which to examine different possible futures, and the imperative of collaboration for the shared survival and success of knowledge stewardship and its stakeholders, now and in the future.

10:15am Break & Networking


10:45am Who are the Stewards of the Knowledge Ecosystem, and what is their Role?

Moderator: Roy Kaufman, Managing Director, New Ventures, CCC

Publishers,whether commercial or non-commercial, are mission driven to provide researchers with information and increasingly, tools, to store, use, and record findings for the purpose of advancement of knowledge.  We are not alone in this pursuit.  Authors, academic institutions, learned societies and governments all share in that mission, with both overlapping and conflicting priorities.  In this panel, we will explore everything from the changing nature of authorship and credit, to how other stakeholders view their role in a world of social sharing, government OA mandates, and accelerating publishing innovations.


Mario Biagioli, PhD., Distinguished Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Law & History Director, Center for Science & Innovations Studies, University of California, Davis

Jose-Marie Griffiths, PhD., Vice President, Academic Affairs, Bryant University, Providence Rhode Island

Edward Liebow, PhD., Executive Director, American Anthropological Association

Alan D. Thornhill, Ph.D., Director, Office of Science Quality and Integrity,

U. S. Geological Survey

12:15pm Lunch & Networking


1:30pm Introduction to the Afternoon


1:35 – 3:15pm Ethics and Trust in Journal Publishing: How sound is the system?

Moderator: Alice Meadows, Director of Communications, Global Research, Wiley

Science magazine’s recent “sting” of OA journals exposed major issues with the peer review process in a number of OA journals. But has anything changed as a result? Should it? Will it? Is the peer review process any better in subscription journals? How rigorous is the rest of the publishing process? Our panel of experts will address these questions from a range of perspectives and will give us their thoughts on some changes publishers could implement immediately to improve the journal publishing process and restore confidence in it.


John Bohannon, Ph.D., Biologist, science journalist, Harvard University, writes for Science, Discover and Wired magazines

Phil Davis, Ph.D.,Independent researcher, publishing consultant and frequent contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen

Chris Graf, New Business Director, Wiley and Treasurer of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Ivan Oransky, M.D., VP, MedPage Today & co-founder, Retraction Watch


3:15 – 3:45pm Break & Networking


3:45 – 4:15pm Flash session

Moderator: Terry Hulbert, tcjh Consulting

Publishers, dotcoms and vendors show their latest launches in flashy, super-fast 5-minute talks.

Melinda Kenneway, Kudos

Peter Burnhill, EDINA

Kent Anderson, SocialCite

Jake Kelleher, CCC

Arend Küster, QScience




Funding Research: A Dark Future for Science?

Moderator: Glenorchy P. Campbell, U. S. Managing Director, BMJ

We heard a lot about the budget cuts for defense, public housing, NASA and other programs as the budget sequestration started last year. Another program that suffered cuts was research funding. Agencies that fund research may be affected years into the future and the question has to be asked: How will this affect research output? Cuts in research will obviously affect labs and researchers. Does this mean that patient care will be ultimately affected? And will publishers be affected by the reduction in research output? These and other questions will be discussed in this important session about the future of scientific research.


Sam Stein, Political Reporter, The Huffington Post

Alan H. DeCherney, M.D., Senior Investigator, National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)

Elaine Alligood, MLS, Chief, Library Service for the Boston VA Healthcare System's three campuses.

Michelle F. Magee, M.D., MedStar Health Research Institute, MedStar Washington Hospital Center & Associate Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC.

5:45 Close of Day
5:45 – 7:45 Reception at Hotel

 Thursday, May 1

8:00am Light continental breakfast & networking


9:00am Recap of prior day & introduction to the morning sessions


9:05am Exploring perspectives on engaging stakeholders and their role in corporate reputation

Moderator: Grace Baynes, Nature Publishing Group


Engaging the scientific community using social and digital channels: the Elsevier Experience

Tom Reller, Elsevier


How Palgrave Macmillian is fast-tracking corporate reputation through stakeholder engagement

Amy Bourke, Palgrave Macmillan


Presentation of STM Multimedia Web Competition

Grace Baynes, Nature Publishing Group


9:35am The Life Cycle of Big Data: Curating the New Science

Moderator: Gerry Grenier, Director, Publishing Technologies, IEEE

"Big Data" -- it there opportunity for publishers? Due to inexpensive sensors and a precipitous drop in storage cost, scientists and researchers around the globe have been able to collect, store and share large amounts of raw data as never before. This panel will address a range of perspectives, looking at the implications of "Big Data" within the scholarly communication eco-system: collection, curation and governance.


Clifford Lynch, Director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)

Alexander Szalay, Alumni Centennial Professor of Astronomy and Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He is the Director of the Institute for Data Intensive Science, The Johns Hopkins University

Mark Davis, Big Data Distinguished Engineer, Dell Software Group, Dell, Inc.

Kate Wittenberg, Managing Director, Portico

Publishing and Preserving Data as Primary Research Objects: The Matchmaker Project Portico, the Data Conservancy at Johns Hopkins University, and IEEE, have received support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the planning and development of a tool, tentatively called the Matchmaker, which will connect publications and their linked data, and preserve that connection. The models developed as a result of this project will eventually help to enable new forms of scholarly communication, research, and digital publishing. As emerging practices and procedures take shape regarding the connection between published research and supporting data, this project tackles a growing need in the scholarly publishing community, and its approach rests upon early engagement with a diversity of publishers. In this presentation, Kate Wittenberg, Managing Director of Portico, will provide an overview of the project’s goals, and its value for the publishing and research communities.

11:15am Flash Session

Moderator: Terry Hulbert, tcjh Consulting

Publishers, dotcoms and vendors show their latest launches in flashy, super-fast 5 minute talks

Heather Ruland Staines, SIPX

Adam Etkin, PRE-score

Donald Samulack, Editage

Carol Anne Meyer, CrossRef

Jonathan Hevenstone, Atypon

11:40 Close of Conference

Jayne Marks, Vice President, Global Publishing, Wolters Kluwer, Health Medical Research & STM Board Chair

11:45 Break & Drawing for Sponsor Prizes
12:00 – 12:45 Members Only Forum

Update on issues critical to academic & professional publishers


STM 2014 Spring Conference Program Committee

  • Al Cascio, Retail Marketing Director, Academic Publishing, Cambridge University Press
  • Gerry Grenier, Director, Publishing Technologies, IEEE
  • Joyce-Rachel John, North American Publisher, BMJ
  • Alice Meadows, Director of Communications, Global Research (Scientific, Technical, Medical & Scholarly), John Wiley
  • Roy Kaufman, Managing Director, New Ventures, CCC
  • Janice Kuta, Director, Membership, STM

Hotel Discount available through March 31st, 2014

The Washington Marriott is holding a block of rooms at a reduced rate of $259.00+taxes for April 27, April 28, April 29, April 30). BOOK YOUR HOTEL RESERVATION ONLINE.



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