STM US Annual Conference 2023

This is the STM US Annual Conference 2023: we're convening individuals and organisations committed to advancing trusted research — academic publishers, learned societies, funders, university presses, government bodies and innovators — from across the globe for two days of inspired networking, learning and ideation. Will you join us?


Here, we reimagine the ways we approach scholarly communications — broadly. Inventively. Collectively. To learn from one another, understand what opportunities might exist for new kinds of cross-disciplinary collaborations, and what innovations will better serve us to support the common good.

Join us in DC on April 26-27 to learn from speakers and panelists across a broad spectrum of stakeholders. Open to STM members and non-members — all are welcome — as we explore this year's theme: Open and Trusted at Scale

What to expect?

Expert experiences, first-hand. Front row seats to trends and innovations. Interactive discussions on topics equally relevant for funders, researchers, research institutions, libraries, government bodies, publishers and publishing services providers and beyond. Lightning sessions. And — some may say, most importantly — ample time for connecting, ideating and networking.

Even the venue breaks the mold. We’re convening at the National Union Building in the heart of DC — a unique six-story building, rich with character.

Register today and check back often as our program crystalizes over the coming weeks.

Developing Programme (changes will be made)

Conference Chair Delia Mihaila, Chief Publishing Officer, MDPI

Wednesday 26th April 2023


Registration, coffee & networking


Opening & Welcome – Delia Mihaila, Chief Publishing Officer, MDPI


Telling the story of academic publishing

At this first session of the conference, we will explore why storytelling is important to science, and its relevance to the themes of this conference.
Speaker: tba


Volume growth and Impact Factor growth

Christos Petrou, Nandita Quaderi Clarivate, DeltaThink


Refreshment break & networking


Impact of research: ways in which the published research impact can be measured: from reducing research waste to improving clinical practice to determining governments to adopt measures that improve climate or people's lives, etc.


Publication models

This session aims to answer some frequently asked questions or concerns related to the launch and development of open-access journals, and the challenges of ‘flipping’ journals from various models to a Gold Open Access model, while ensuring the volume would not affect the quality of the content and the publications would maintain their financial sustainability.

The speakers representing different types of publishers will showcase specific examples and share the experience acquired in the process. We expect this session to be highly interactive.

Richard White,  Springer Nature

Tom Ciavarella, Frontiers

Giulia Stefenelli, Scientific Officer, MDPI

Dinesh Soares, American Chemical Society


Lunch and networking


Innovation and incentives in peer-review models to respond to the market trend of faster processes and increasing volume


The scholars’ view

Moderated by: Dr. Eric Freed, Director of HIV Dynamics and Replication Program, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute.

At publishing conferences, we often talk about how to address science publishing problems or how to develop it further, and how to serve the scholars better, but often without involving the main stakeholders: the scholars themselves.

This session aims to offer them a platform where they could share their views on topics like the peer-review process and the current different models, the incentives for scholars, the research evaluation, the research integrity, and publication ethics problems, the scholars’ needs, the future of publishing, etc.
Speakers TBC soon


Refreshment break & networking


Transdisciplinary Research and Practice for Sustainability Outcomes – role of transdisciplinary research and tools in synthesizing knowledge from a range of academic disciplines towards the transformation needed for a sustainable world (SDG initiatives in publishing could be considered)


OA Policies Update

Moderated by: Caroline Sutton, CEO, STM

In this session we will receive updates on the status of the open access adoption in several regions of the globe, funder or government mandates in different countries, any challenges met, and measures aimed at assisting authors in the transition.

Jessica Tucker, Office of Science Policy, National Institutes of Health, USA

Kazuhiro Hayashi, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy, Japan


Meeting wrap-up and close


Drinks Reception

Thursday 27th April 2023


Opening & Welcome – Delia Mihaila, Chief Publishing Officer, MDPI


David Sanders, is a virologist at Purdue University. He is also a scientific detective. He investigates deviations from the ethical standards of scientific publishing. He will present what he has found and propose some solutions.
David Sanders, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University


How can we improve transparency and collaboration between Institutional Research Integrity Offices and journals to ensure that research misconduct and publication ethics are properly and efficiently managed?

This session will discuss the findings of a recent Working Group on the topic.

Susan Garfinkel,  Associate Vice President for Research Compliance, Ohio State University

Sabina Alam, Director of Publishing Ethics and Integrity, Taylor & Francis

Shara Kabak, PhD, Research Misconduct Officer, Veterans Health Administration


Refreshment break & networking


Assistive technologies that help with screening and with quality control (end of the day session) merged with tools to detect misconduct, paper mills, etc. Joris van Rossum, Director of Research Integrity, STM


Flash lightning session on assistive technologies


Lunch and networking


What keeps publishers awake at night & an update from the STM Integrity Hub

In this session, Joris van Rossum will report from the Integrity Hub Master Class held on April 25th. What are publisher’s largest concerns and issues around research integrity? How do emerging technologies like ChatGPT affect their work? Also, an update will be given on the STM Integrity Hub, and how it addresses these challenges.


With the recent issue of the Nelson memo, data availability has become even more important for publishers. We will hear about the experience of publishers and funders in implementing initiatives.

Marcel LaFlamme, Open Research Manager, PLOS
Sonya Dumanis, Ph.D., Deputy Director. Aligning Science Across Parkinsons
Erika Pastrana, Ph.D., Editorial Director, Nature Portfolio


What's next in open science session, or ending keynote for the meeting



Conference Program Committee:

Joanna Ball, Managing Director, DOAJ
Amy Bourke-Waite
, Senior Director, Communications, Clarivate
Deborah Kahn, COPE Trustee, and Research Integrity Consultant
Adrian Stanley, General Manager, JMIR Publications
Giulia Stefenelli, Scientific Officer, MDPI

Events Terms and Conditions

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