STM US Annual Conference 2020 goes virtual:
Combined Registration


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You can’t come to Washington DC, so we’re bringing our Annual US Conference to you.

We’ve made the difficult but obvious decision to make our event a virtual gathering. We’ll be holding interactive digital sessions each of the three days, with programmes packed full of well-regarded speakers and thought-provoking panels sessions.

Exceptional insights and learnings directly to the comfort of your home. If you thought you couldn’t make the conference before, now you can!

Includes the following events:


Future proofing your society through transformation

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

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The 6th Annual STM Society Day conference is dedicated to helping the scholarly society publisher community come together to discuss their opportunities, challenges, and common issues.  

The scholarly publishing industry is in an accelerating rate of disruption.  Society publishers and university presses have a distinct role to play, given their engagement with the research communities they serve. As researchers are seeking new ways to conduct, create, and circulate their work to reach as wide an audience as possible, societies and university presses are evolving to meet these changing needs. STM Society Day 2020 will explore how these publishers can utilize their unique competencies and networks for growth in these dynamic and challenging times.

Programme (Timings subject to slight change)


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Welcome & opening – Penelope Lewis, Chair STM Society Day Executive Programming Committee, Chief Scientist, Strategic Planning and Analysis at American Chemical Society
STM CEO welcome - Ian Moss, Chief Executive Officer, STM Association


Growth beyond the core: diversification and innovation at a society
Keynote speaker introduction
Opening keynote: Jasper Simons, Chief Publishing Officer of the American Psychological Association (APA).

As societies navigate the challenges in the scholarly communications landscape, opportunities emerge for publishers who boldly seek new ways of delivering value to their communities.

Many scholarly societies and associations rely on their journal publishing programs to generate prestige and resources for the organisation. With the pressures on the library subscription model not waning, how are publishers responding? Reminiscing about the “good old days” is not an option. Some publishers have started exciting new initiatives to diversify their programs. At the 2020 STM Society Day, you will meet publishers who are leading the way in ensuring that their scholarly societies continue to play a vital role in the world of tomorrow. 

Jasper has put the APA on an innovative new growth path to push psychology beyond the lab. In recent years, he and his team have developed new product lines that will ensure the future relevance of the association and the field.

During his presentation, Jasper will share how he collaborated with internal stakeholders to develop a new publishing strategy. He will draw upon his experiences in securing organisational buy-in and funding. He will share what challenges he faced in moving the organisation in a new direction. And he will provide a path as other publishers consider their own options for staying relevant in today’s turbulent times.


Break & networking


Growth beyond the core: diversification and innovation at a society

Moderated by Christine Dunn, Head of Strategy, Publisher Markets, Clarivate 

The changing landscape of publishing requires societies to invest in product diversification and to innovate beyond the core. The unique circumstances within societies can pose challenges to diversification, including their not-for-profit status, risk profiles, governance, and external member stakeholders. This session will explore how fellow societies have addressed these unique circumstances to enable growth at their organisations. Topics covered will include: organisational changes required for a stronger product development or innovation function; how partnerships or new ventures with like-minded organisations can accelerate diversification; and how product diversification can contribute to a more robust value proposition for society members.

Katherine Fryer, Executive Vice President, Membership at the American Chemical Society

Casper Grathwohl, Academic Product Director and President, Oxford Languages at Oxford University Press

Cory Wiegert, CEO, CancerLinQ


Break & networking


Navigating the changing landscape of open access

Moderated by: Colette E. Bean, Chief Publishing Officer, American Physiological Society

Scholarly publishing is in an accelerating state of change, with publishers of scholarly content introducing new models that will provide unfettered immediate open access to research publications, in response to the needs of many stakeholders across the research enterprise – funders, governments, librarians and researchers. This session features speakers who are tackling these issues head on to develop new sustainable models for open access to accelerate discovery, advance knowledge and eliminate barriers for the communities they serve.

Scott Delman, Director of Publications, ACM

Tasha Mellins-Cohen, Director of Technology and Innovation at the Microbiology Society

Elaine L. Westbrooks,  Vice Provost for University Libraries & University Librarian University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Break & networking


Cooperation amongst societies: shared initiatives

Moderated by: Brett Rubinstein, Chief Commercial Officer, GeoScienceWorld

Prior to the internet, societies were largely independent in their publishing and printing processes.  The rise of the digital publishing era has introduced both complexities and opportunities in creating and streamlining processes for collecting and disseminating research publications and data, necessitating shared industry initiatives like CrossRef, ORCID, CHORUS, GetFTR, and others. Societies themselves have banded together to keep up with the needs of their members and authors. This session will explore the impact of these shared initiatives on societies and university presses. How can societies best leverage these initiatives? What technology or society partnerships are available to take advantage of shared technology and infrastructures at lower cost? Join us as our panel will answer these questions and many more.

Julie Gill, Vice President, Education Center Strategy and Operations 

Susan King, Executive Director, Rockefeller University Press

Ralph Youngen, Senior Director, Technology Strategy & Partnerships, American Chemical Society


Break & networking


Framework for the future

Moderated by: Thane Kerner, CEO, Silverchair Holdings

Are society publishers ready to embrace the opportunities and challenges that the future may bring?  With new emerging technologies and distributed infrastructure changing our world, rapidly changing consumer preferences, and challenges coming both internally and externally, how should a society publisher plan for the next three-to-five years?  How does the current crisis impact societies in particular, and what can they do to protect and strengthen their business? Good or bad, right or wrong, society publishers must be ready to exploit or otherwise take on these challenges to continue to fulfil their missions. Put your seat belt on as our diverse panel looks into a crystal ball and tells us what they see.

Brooks Hanson, Executive Vice President, Science, American Geophysical Union
Lauren Kane, CEO, Delta Think, Inc.
Steve Leicht, President, Digital Science Research Solutions Inc.


Break & networking


Transforming for Growth

Alix Vance, CEO, GeoScienceWorld

The program for STM Society Day is designed to address the current challenges and opportunities as well as the potential for transformation.  Our respective organisations must evolve to address the changing needs of researchers, readers, publishers and other stakeholders.  Our closing keynote speaker will address these topics and provide key executive insights to these and other key discussion points that we were raised during the day.


Meeting wrap-up & close

Penelope Lewis, Chair, STM Society Day Committee, Chief Scientist, Strategic Planning and Analysis, American Chemical Society


Close of Society Day


Executive Planning Committee (EPC):

Chair – Penelope Lewis - Chief Scientist, Strategic Planning and Analysis, American Chemical Society
Colette E. Bean - Chief Publishing Officer, American Physiological Society
Michael Clarke - Managing Partner, Clarke & Esposito
Philip V. DiVietro - Managing Director, Publishing, American Society of Mechanical Engineers 
Will Schweitzer - Chief Product Officer, Silverchair Information Systems

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

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Open science and the future of research communication
new trends, challenges, partners and opportunities

The drive for open science is both an exciting opportunity and a challenge for those involved in the communication of scholarly research.  We will start with gaining a deeper understanding of the goals of open science and include a panel to debate open science from the point of view of difference stakeholders.

Join us as our speakers and panellists discuss some of the possible ways we can adapt and thrive.

Programme (Timings subject to slight change)


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Welcome & opening – Jayne Marks, Vice President Global Publishing, Wolters Kluwer Health
STM CEO welcome - Ian Moss, Chief Executive Officer, STM Association



Open Science Challenges and Opportunities: A Funder’s Perspective
Introduction Jayne Marks, Vice President Global Publishing, Wolters Kluwer Health

Keynote speaker: Arthur Lupia, Assistant Director, National Science Foundation Head, Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate

In his keynote address, Arthur will review the steps that the National Science Foundation has taken towards Open Science and outline what the NSF and other funders can do to drive further progress going forward.


Executive debate: What is the future of pre-prints?

Moderated by: Ian Moss, Chief Executive Officer, STM Association

Pro: Jessica Polka, Executive Director, ASAPbio

Con: Kent Anderson, Founder, Caldera Publishing Solutions


Break & networking


The evolution of the book

Moderated by:  Niko Pfund, President and Academic Publisher at Oxford University Press

Lisa McAllister, VP Medical Books, Wolters Kluwer Health

Henning Schoenenberger, Director, Product Data & Metadata Management, Springer Nature

Simone Taylor, Publisher, AIP Publishing


Public Access - Where Are We Now?

Howard Ratner, Executive Director, CHORUS

It’s been 7 years since the US OSTP public access mandate of 2013 that led to the formation of CHORUS. Much has changed and some things have stayed the same. Howard Ratner will review the progress made and obstacles that still exist in this ecosystem of meeting public access mandates and how CHORUS is helping to make monitoring compliance easier for everyone.


The price transparency project

Alicia Wise, Director, Information Power


Break & networking


Content marketing 2.0:  Get your article read

Moderated by: Erik-Jan van Kleef, Head of Business Development, SciencePOD

What’s putting the brakes on Open Science? Open Science will only see its real potential when the work of scientists becomes known and is understood beyond their inner circle. Simply making research widely accessible through Open Access is not enough; this does not make it understood.

This session will discuss how publishers can use ‘content marketing 2.0’ approaches to improve researchers’ chances of fostering multidisciplinary collaboration and responding to the increasing demands from funders and wider society for accountability.

Key questions to be answered in this session: 

  • As the market demands more than just publishing solutions, where does content marketing fit in the new suite of value-add services made available to authors?
  • What content strategies can publishers adopt to develop value-added content for disseminating original OA research to wider target audiences?
  • How can content marketing support the uptake of OA articles in transformational APC deals? Who should fund such activities?

Our panellists will examine these questions and propose solutions that address these new challenges.

Melissa Blaney, Senior Director of Global Marketing, ACS Publications

Marianne Calilhanna, VP Marketing, Data Conversion Laboratory

Pablo Dominguez Andersen, Senior Communications Manager, De Gruyter


Break & networking


Delivering open science: Challenges faced by key stakeholders

Moderated by: Dean Sanderson, Managing Director, Magazines and Partner Services, Springer Nature

Researcher: Dennis Brown, Chief Science Officer, American Physiological Society
Publisher: Alison Mudditt, Chief Executive Officer, PLOS
Funder: Michael Stebbins, PhD, President, Science Advisors, LLC

Meeting wrap-up & close
Jayne Marks, Vice President Global Publishing, Wolters Kluwer Health
Close of Annual Conference Day 1


Executive Planning Committee:

Chair – Jayne Marks, Vice President Global Publishing, Wolters Kluwer Health
Alison Denby, VP Journals, Oxford University Press
Dean Sanderson, Managing Director, Magazines and Partner Services, Springer Nature

What the user wants: smarter data, smarter machines, smarter science

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

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This year’s Innovations Day is completely dedicated to the user. In our data-driven world where artificial intelligence rules, individual users can be served in a personalised way with precision information that suits their exact research needs. Users will become a source of data themselves, with AI-algorithms predicting what they will want, need, and which research projects they should pursue. The user can be seen as the  pivot point within a knowledge graph in which many research outputs and artefacts are connected worldwide.

At the same time the user demands and deserves to be safe in terms of data protection and personal privacy, against continuous internet surveillance and autonomous algorithms.  Avoiding digital dictatorships, data colonies and biotech surveillance is fundamental to an enhanced user experience.

From the lure of the algorithm, to where things might go wrong with a data-driven Internet, STM’s Innovations Day will explore paradigms lost and paradigms regaines with a deep dive into unlocking the new potential of research data.

The program will commence with the launch of the latest edition of the annual STM tech trends – don’t miss this future forecast of what will influence our publishing world over the next 4 years. 

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Opening: IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, Elsevier & chairman of STM’s Standards and Technology Executive Committee and STM’s Future Lab Forum


Launch: STM’s Tech Trends 2024

Connecting the dots: It’s all about the user

Presented by Eefke Smit, Director for Standards and Technology, STM Association

STM is launching its annual forecast of technology trends impacting scholarly communications and the STM industry. Come and hear what is new in the future vision of STM’s future lab forum and how you can prepare for it. This year it is all about connecting the dots in a smart way, to deliver the users exactly what they want and need. The new generation of digital natives defines the new user and they do things differently, with a strong demand for trust and ethics, especially when AI and data are involved.


The User is now central; What these tech trends mean for your business

Roundtable: Moderated by Chris Kenneally, Director content marketing,Copyright Clearance Center, (CCC)

In talk-show style, we will be discussing the new Tech Trends with a round table of 5 tech-savvy representatives of STM publishing houses.

You can hear the views of

Renny Guida, Director of Product Management, IEEE

Liz Marchant, Life & Earth Science Director (Journals), Taylor & Francis

Sameer Shariff, CEO, Impelsys

Heather Ruland Staines, Head of Partnerships, Knowledge Futures Group


Break & networking


US Launch of the STM 2020 Research Data Year: Share – Link – Cite

Round table discussion, moderated by Joris van Rossum, Research Data Director, STM Association

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Publisher, Open Research,  PLoS

David Mellor, Director of Policy Initiatives, Center for Open Science

Michael F. Huerta, PhD, Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives, Associate Director, National Library of Medicine, NIH

Deborah Sweet, Vice President Editorial, Cell Press

STM has dedicated 2020 to be its Research Data Year. More and more research funders want their grantees to share their research data when reporting about the project. Publishers can play a pivotal role in enabling research data to be made available, linked to publications, and cited - to give researchers recognition for sharing their data and to help them comply with funders requirements on sharing data. A round table of US research funders and experienced publishers in this area will discuss effective ways to do this, and some of the lessons learned. To share good practice with other publishers. This session is part of STM’s Research Data Year.

11:00 a renewed urgency for good remote access

Ralph Youngen, Senior Director of Technology Strategy and Partnerships, American Chemical Society

After three years of intensive collaboration with over 60 organisations worldwide from a wide variety of stakeholder groups, the service is now up and running!  SeamlessAccess brings a single-sign-on solution for remote access that greatly improves the user experience for any service using the federated identity management (FIM) infrastructure. This session will explain how this new service enables secure and privacy-protected access to academic resources.

Come to learn more about both services and find out how you can implement them.


Break & networking


AI, Data and The lure of the algorithm: Fairness in data science versus the danger of the autonomous bias

Moderated by Chris Graf, Director, Research Integrity and Publishing Ethics, Wiley

Keynote, Julia Stoyanovich, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Tandon School of Engineering, Assistant Professor of Data Science, Center for Data Science, New York University.

Data science promises to improve people's lives, accelerate scientific discovery and innovation, and bring about positive societal change. Yet, if not used responsibly, this same technology can reinforce inequity, limit accountability, and infringe on the privacy of individuals. In my talk I will give an overview of the "Data, Responsibly" project that aims to operationalize ethics and legal compliance in data science systems.  In particular, I will speak about my involvement in efforts to regulate the use of data science and AI in New York City, and about the imperative to establish a broad and inclusive educational agenda around responsible data science.

Followed by a panel discussion:

Mercè Crosas, University Research Data Management Officer and Chief Data Science and Technology Officer (Institute for Quantitative Social Science), Harvard University

Julia Stoyanovich, Data Scientists, New York University

Jabe Wilson, PhD MBA, Elsevier, Global Director Data & Analytics


Break & networking


Internet paradigms lost, Internet paradigms regained

Moderated by Kent Anderson, The Geyser/ Caldera

Phaedra Cress, Executive Editor, The Aesthetic Society

Josh Nicholson, CEO,

Where has the internet gone that we once loved and still love ? How did it evaporate while Big Tech developed their ubiquitous platforms, surveilling us, crunching data about us, steering us in pre-determined directions, with a luring promise of autonomy while building data colonies and facilitating digital dictatorships ? More important: how to recover from this ?

In this session with a deeper take-home message, Kent Anderson will discuss how a second-level of Internet innovation is needed, geared explicitly to help the Internet recover as a safe, helpful, useful, and secure place for people to share ideas, communicate, and collaborate.


Close of conference by IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, chairman of STM STEC and Future Lab Forum and Ian Moss, Chief Executive Officer, STM Association



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