STM Week 2019
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STM Week returns for 2019 - Save the Dates!!

  • 3rd December: Innovations
  • 4th December: Digital Publishing
  • 5th December: Ideas Factory

STM Innovations Seminar


Driven by data – moving open science forward


Sharing research data is an important enabler for Open Science. Widely endorsed--and even mandated-- by funding bodies and other policy-makers, many disciplines are establishing common conventions on how to make this vision a reality. Through necessity and to aid in reproducibility, publishers are also supporting these endeavours and helping authors make their research data available alongside and linked to their publications. Research Data are thus considered the new gold, for science, research, and society. Today’s Innovation Seminar will offer an exciting tour through and beyond the world of Research Data and the Reproducibility of Research.

Provisional Programme


Light continental breakfast & networking


The Secret Life of Data: Responsible Research and Reproducibility, Transparency and Trust

Opening keynote: Dr. Leslie McIntosh (Ripeta, RDA-US)

Moderated by: Heather Ruland Staines,

Responsible research means sharing data and allowing reproducibility checks. The keynote of today will highlight these principles for Trust and Integrity of Research with ample everyday cases and examples, to make the case for more and better sharing of Research Data. Also, perhaps even foremost, in biomedical research. Based on thousands of observations across research publications, Leslie will showcase the current trends in making scientific publishing more transparent from policy to practice. This will lead into thoughts on better understanding the signals of trust in science.

Dr. McIntosh is the inaugural founder and CEO of Ripeta, LLC, a company formed to improve scientific research reproducibility. She also wears the hat of Executive Director for the Research Data Alliance – US (RDA-US), a global organization developing recommendations for data sharing and interoperability.  

Moderator: Heather Staines,


Round table discussion, moderated by Eefke Smit, STM

STM’s Research Data Action Plan

Grace Baynes, VP, Research Data and New Product Development, Springer Nature

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Publisher, Open Research,  PLoS

Deborah Sweet, Vice President Editorial, Cell Press

Joris van Rossum, Research Data Director, STM

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. A round table of 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.


Refreshment break & networking


The Reproducibility Crisis: introducing Quality Badges

Moderated by Gerry Grenier, IEEE

Panellists: Neil Chue Hong, Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh
David Smith
, The IET
(other panelist to be announced)

As publishers and researchers are placing greater emphasis on the practice of reproducibility as an essential ingredient of the scientific research process, it is critical to make compatible the taxonomies used to define the various levels of reproducibility and to agree on a standardized badging scheme that can be applied in the publishing process.  This panel builds on a NISO project that aims to forge agreement and move toward a common vocabulary for quality badging.


Special announcement: more information will follow




Afternoon keynote, Bettina Goerner, Managing Director Data Products at Springer Nature

Turning data into revenue – monetizing data assets

In a world where data and analytics are exploding, the thirst for data and for the competitive edge it brings, is exploding too. STM publishers own data which is useful to current customers but may be even more useful to different customers for entirely new applications. This session will bring you fascinating examples from other industries about alternative use cases of data and new revenue streams.

This talk will support your organization in exploring new data products. It looks - very practically - at what data assets are there and of possible value, which user pain points and customers may they serve, and how to get there, to turn data into revenue in an exploding market. It covers all aspects of product strategy, sales process, pricing, business models and IP management, so you can walk away and apply these insights.

Bettina Goerner oversees product development and commercialization for the data product lines for academic and corporate R&D in SpringerNature – products ranging from tracking harmful drug effects to discovering the hottest nano materials. Bettina graduated in Molecular Biology from the International Max Planck Research School and did research at the Harvard Institutes of Medicine.


Text and data mining: what is real and applicable?

Moderated by John Sack Highwire Press

Panellists: TBA

Text and Datamining (TDM) hugely increases the efficiency of research by discovering deeper relationships in text and data. It can shorten the time digging through literature dramatically. To really work, high quality content needs to be used together with high quality software tools. This session investigates the current state of affairs: to what extent has TDM become real and applicable for STM content ? Where are the real promises materializing ? Come and listen to various real live examples selected for you.


Refreshment break and networking


Rubber-meets-the-road session: Moderated by Renny Guida IEEE

AI for smarter publishing, new tools and services

Panelists: TBA

AI and machine learning have the potential to radically speed up operations and increase the efficiency of the STM publishing sector. Existing AI-based technologies have already been developed or acquired by publishers to assist with the identification of peer reviewers, identify and combat plagiarism, recognise fabricated data, bolster the decision-making process behind the acceptance and rejection of papers. Likewise, AI has the potential to offer brand new services to researchers and the research community to empower Open Science and open knowledge creation. Come and listen what is available now and what vendors have on offer and are developing for smarter information applications.

16:45 single sign-on is here – to stay

Moderated by Ralph Youngen, American Chemical Society (ACS), Chris Shillum, Elsevier

Now operational in Beta, the initiative is excited to share how this new infrastructure for secure and privacy protected access to academic resources works. This is a collaboration between STM, NISO, Geant, Internet2 and ORCID who are building a new infrastructure for Federated Identity Management (FIM), based on the RA21 best practice recommendations as published during 2019. This global FIM infrastructure, open for all organisations to implement, will facilitate a massive change in the current access and entitlement management practice of STM publishers, academic and corporate research libraries, and academic resources such as the lab, the cloud and whatever researchers wish to access.


Close of conference: Eefke Smit, STM Director for Standards and Technology


Digital Publishing Seminar

Seminar Co Directors: Janine Burr-Willans, Head of Operations, Emerald Publishing
                                     Nancy RobertsFounder, Business Inclusivity

Call for Papers

Digital Publishing – Efficient, agile, secure and reliable working practices require world-class tooling and standards. As publishers, we live in an ever-evolving landscape of functional and non-functional requirements. Let’s get ahead of the curve by understanding how we work and defining new processes and mechanisms.

Priority will be given to proposals that involve novel and interesting formats, bringing new voices and perspectives into the conversation.

The deadline for submissions is  29 September 2019 - please send to Janine Burr-Willans

Programme to follow:


STM Ideas Factory on Making Research Impactful

Introduction and Ideas Factory Lead: Toby Green (formerly Head of Publishing, OECD) will manage this, new to STM, interactive event on day 3 of STM Week at the Congress Centre, London on Thursday 5th December.

Here’s a challenge. Scientists get almost as much coverage in mainstream media as contrarians, yet if social media is included, those who spread disinformation get 49% more coverage*. Society is being misled on a scale hitherto unseen.

This matters, to take two examples: misinformation is behind the rise in measles and policy inaction on climate. So, how can those of us who work in scholarly communications help tip the scales back? How can we help make research results cut through the ill-informed social-media clutter and have a positive impact on society? 

In this brand-new Ideas Factory format, you will be led through a series of exercises by experts who have long experience in making research results more impactful. At the end of the day you’ll have grasped the essentials of what impact really means; have thought through how you can make research more impactful; and discover tools that can help.

Format of the day

The Ideas Factory format is original and informal. Don’t expect to be sitting in an auditorium - because you’ll spend most of the day on your feet working together in small teams at a whiteboard.

Don’t expect to be tweeting and checking your inbox - because the event is totally offline, there will be no WiFi. Do expect to be fully engaged, to participate, to meet and create ideas with new colleagues - and to have fun. 

Evidenced-based decisions are undoubtedly beneficial to society but consider this: research funders are increasingly requiring researchers to show the impact of what they’ve done with their grants. To do this they will need help from those who work in scholcom: publishers, librarians, research managers and funding agencies. If you work in scholcom, you need to attend.



Session 1: What is Impact Anyway? To be led by José de Buerba, Head of the Impact Evaluation Team at the World Bank.

Session 2: How can YOU create impact for your stakeholders? To be led by Mihaela Gruia, Founder and Director, Research Retold

Session 3: Measuring Impact. To be led by Stefano Contratto, Monitoring and Impact Analyst, OECD

Session 4: Funnelling impact on a tiny budget. To be led by Alexa Colella, Marketing Manager, Journals at Univ of Illinois Press.



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.