US Society Day

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Breaking Down The Silos


The 4th Annual STM Society Day conference is dedicated to helping the scholarly society publisher community to come together to discuss their opportunities, challenges and common issues.  

The scholarly publishing industry has been in a state of change for the last 20+ years.  Members of societies are seeking new ways to conduct, create and circulate their research to position their careers for sustained growth and development. This dynamic has, and will, continue to put society publishers under consistent pressure to provide their members with valued added services.

This year’s STM Society Day conference program will provide delegates with insight and ideas to address these challenges and opportunities. This year's theme, Breaking Down the Silos, brings together society executives and their members to discuss organizational and technology issues critical to competing successfully in a world of growing research collaboration across disciplines and access to data and information that is more open than ever before.

Conference Overview:

Support for an integrated and complete approach to the research project and article publication life-cycle, is something that our large, commercial competitors are rapidly implementing. Roger Schonfeld, in a December 18, 2017, Scholarly Kitchen post, Workflow Strategy for Those Left Behind: Strategic Context, described the market in which we must compete as one that is "shifting under your feet" and "qualitatively different." Competition is no longer just a matter of scale but of having a complete set of research workflow offerings.

Societies of all sizes and disciplines must look both within and externally to compete and thrive in this new workflow-centric marketplace. Societies must ask themselves uncomfortable questions to stay relevant to the communities they serve. Attend this year's STM Association Society Day Conference to help you determine if your organization has:

  • A strategy that is rooted in the past or looking to the future?
  • The right organizational structure and staff to execute on opportunities outside of traditional scholarly publishing?
  • The right culture to successfully bring to bear key internal assets and competencies to strengthen or transform its member value proposition?
  • Partnerships that enable the organization to meet the changing needs of your members?
  • How can you engage with constituents throughout the research life cycle?



Registration and networking continental breakfast


Welcome & Opening – Chair – Sarah Tegen, Vice President Global Journals Development, ACS

Breaking down silos, building teams

Keynote Speaker: Clifford A. Hudis, CEO, American Society of Clinical Oncology

The overall mission of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is to conquer cancer through research, education, and promotion of the highest quality patient care and its mission-driven staff of nearly 500 is focused and committed. The development of a comprehensive strategic plan presented significant challenges, including a change in corporate culture, but it enabled staff and leadership to gain a deeper understand of the opportunities and strengths of the organization


Reflections on the International Impact of Chinese STM Journals

Helen Y.H. Zhang, Senior Editor(Prof.), Journal Director, J of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE A/B & FITEE, VP, Society of China University Journals

In China, there are 5020 STM periodicals, including 548 English-language journals
(E-L Js). To quickly increase the international influence of Chinese journals, the government
launched significant initiatives for publishers such as the “Project for Enhancing International
Impact of China STM Journals (PIIJ, 2013-2018)” which have achieved some results. However,
looking at the STM Publishing technology trend and value, such as “Trust & Integrity”, we
need to think deeply about what is a truly high impact journal?


Refreshment break & networking


The Chief Information Officer Perspective

Moderated by Andy Heard, Senior Director, IT Business Partner, IEEE

Cherif Amirat,  Chief Information Officer, IEEE

John Sullivan, Chief Information Officer, American Chemical Society 

Reggie Henry, CAE, Chief Information and Engagement Officer, ASAE


Lunch & networking


The Humanities and Social Science Publisher Perspectives

Moderated by Eric Merkel-Sobotta, Vice President, Communications & External Affairs, De Gruyter

Angela Gibson, Director Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association

Alex Holzman, Senior Consulting Editor, Lynne Rienner Publishers

Patrick Alexander, Director, Penn State University Press


Coordinating all aspects of research

Moderated by Phill Jones, Chief Technology Officer, Emerald Group Publishing

It's no longer a controversial statement to say that the roles of the scholarly communication industry and needs of the community are changing.

Digital technologies have created new opportunities to support researchers, intuitions and funders. Meanwhile, expansion of scholarly outputs, open research mandates and the rise of strategic planning in scholarship are driving new needs.

Our industry is shifting away from a product-oriented mindset, where publishers curate and package content for sale and towards a service-oriented industry that focuses on meeting the needs of researchers directly. 

The evolution won't stop there. In this session, we'll explore not only how organizations are serving a greater range of needs within the scholarly communication landscape but how that trend will continue as we expand into supporting knowledge and information needs across all stakeholders. 

Penelope Lewis, Chief Scientist, Strategic Planning and Analysis, American Chemical Society

Erin Lavik, Professor of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering,
University of Maryland

Karen McCord, CEO, Breezio

Roger Schonfeld‪, Director, Library and Scholarly Communication Program, Ithaka S+R‪ 


Refreshment break & networking


Crossing the Line -  to Achieve Greater Impact

Closing Keynote: Ann Gabriel, Vice President, Academic & Research Relations, Elsevier

Scholarly communication has reached the most critical inflection point since the transition from print to digital. Data and integration are now critical to researcher/clinician workflow and output. Publishers and societies are challenged to deliver value, not only to individuals, but across the research enterprise. This keynote will focus on examples of how data-driven strategies to break down silos and question orthodoxies: in business models, partnerships, technologies, and workforce development, have resulted in a more impactful industry in a time of change.


Meeting wrap-up & close
Chair – Sarah Tegen, Vice President Global Journals Development, American Chemical Society 


Cocktail reception


Executive Planning Committee:
Chair –  Sarah Tegen - Vice President Global Journals Development, American Chemical Society (ACS)
Dawn Melley - Vice President and Publisher, Publishing, IEEE
David Sampson -Vice President and Publisher, Publishing, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)


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.