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.



Light continental breakfast & networking


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

Moderated by:Heather Ruland Staines,

Opening keynote: Dr. Leslie McIntosh Founder & CEO, Ripeta, RDA-US

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.  


Round table discussion, moderated by Eefke Smit, Director of Standards and Technology, STM Association

STM 2020 Research Data Year: Share – Link - Cite

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.

Grace Baynes, VP, Research Data and New Product Development, Springer Nature
Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Publisher, Open Research,  PLoS
David Mellor, Director of Policy Initiatives, Centre for Open Science
Joris van Rossum, Research Data Director, STM Association
Deborah Sweet, Vice President Editorial, Cell Press


Refreshment break & networking


Morning Plenary and Discussion Panel

Achieving Reproducibility: Introducing Quality Badges

Moderated by Gerry Grenier, Senior Director of Content Management, IEEE

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 and will address the practical issues that researchers and publishers will face as they implement reproducibility. 

Neil Chue Hong, Software Sustainability Institute, University of Edinburgh
Rebecca Grant, Research Data Manager, Springer Nature
Leslie McIntosh
, Founder & CEO, Ripeta, RDA-US
David Smith, Head of Technology Strategy,The IET


Special announcement: more information will follow




Turning data into revenue – monetizing data assets
Moderated by Liz Marchant, Taylor & Francis

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

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.


Text and data mining: what is real and applicable?
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.

Moderated & introduced by John Sack, Founding Director, Highwire Press

Dr Rob Firth, Senior AI Research Scientist, STFC Hartree Centre
Petr Knoth, Senior Research Fellow in Text and Data Mining and Founder & Head of CORE (, The Open University
Josh Nicholson, Co-Founder and CEO of scite
John Sack, Founding Director, Highwire Press on behalf of Emma Warren-Jones, Co-founder, Scholarcy


Refreshment break and networking


Rubber-meets-the-road panel:
Moderated by Renny Guida, Director of Product Management, IEEE

AI for smarter publishing, new tools and services
AI and machine learning have the potential to radically speed up research and science, but also to 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, detect fabricated data, or bolster the decision-making process behind the acceptance and rejection of papers. Likewise, AI has the potential for publishers 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, see what vendors have on offer for smarter information applications. An AI start-up
Anita Bandrowski, CEO, SciScore &
Martijn Roelandse, Founder/Consultant,

Quertle, AI-supported discovery for on the spot medical knowledge
Daniel Ebneter, CEO, Karger Publishers

MONK, a smart Artificial Intelligence application in Digital Humanities
Ove Kähler, Vice President Operations, Brill Publishers 

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

Update on the launch of this new service to streamline digital authentication via an industry-wide single sign on, by the leadership of

Heather Flanagan (Project Director), Chris Shillum (Elsevier), Ralph Youngen (ACS),

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

Until 18:15

Reception drinks & networking sponsored by Copyright Clearance Center


Digital Publishing Seminar
Tools & Standards

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

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.



Light continental breakfast & networking


Pivoting to the Practical: Technology and Standards Focus on Making Things Work
Bill Kasdorf
, Principal, Kasdorf & Associates, LLC


How AI and Natural Language Processing Can Increase the Speed and Quality of Publishing

Marion Morrow, Director, Sales & Marketing, Cenveo Publisher Services

For quite a few years, artificial intelligence seemed like just another buzzy term with vague implications on the publishing industry. But now, publishers are putting it into action. Through a range of applications, AI and natural language processing are being used by publishers to streamline workflows, produce higher-quality content, and improve the author experience. Greater automation also frees up valuable time to focus on critical efforts requiring human analysis and subject matter expertise. This session will explore current use cases and future applications of AI and NLP in the publishing sector and how they’re combining to make research and publications more timely, relevant and useful.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How AI & NLP can drive high-speed publishing and increase quality
  • Examples of AI & NLP use cases by publishers and tech providers, from improving manuscript evaluation to easing the editing process
  • How intelligent automation improves author experience and boosts the immediacy of science
  • How AI and NLP will impact the publishing industry in the future


Refreshment break & networking


Computers as content consumers: Are publishers ready for the new readers?
A Panel Discussion moderated by:Chris KenneallyDirector Content Marketing, CCC

While the public may marvel at machine-generated output from Siri and Alexa to their questions about the world, publishers understand that producing the “input” to help such machines form their answers is an attractive, forward-thinking business opportunity.

Computers, however, do not “read” in the same way as do humans. Savvy publishers recognize the types of adjustments that will cater to this new “machine reader,” then make systematic changes across their repertoire —or at least,  in a specific subject area – to maximize results.

Join us for a discussion of “publishing for machines,” and learn steps you can take to prepare your content for computer consumption.
Lucie Kaffee, University of Southampton
Andy Halliday, Senior Product Manager, Springer Nature
Tom Morris, Sr. Director, Engineering, Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)
Sadia Shahid, Director of Strategy,


Content as Data: Strategies for Modeling Scholarly Content as Query-able Data
A Panel Discussion moderated by:Jay Ven Eman, CEO, Access Innovations

Most scholarly published data – Journal articles, meeting abstracts, and other content – is held in JATS or other forms of XML. This format is ideal for transmission and display, but not designed to be a query-able dataset. In other words: 900,000 articles does not a database make.We to be able to ask questions like: How many articles did we publish in [these three journals] on [some topic] by authors from [institution] over [timespan]: for example, how many articles on Chemical Physics did we publish in our OA journals last quarter by authors from Harvard?  This information exists in the XML metadata – but it is not easy accessible for analytics. In this session, we will explore various models and strategies used by forward-thinking scholarly and association publishers to make their most valuable data asset – the content – available as query-able datasets.  This includes excerpting metadata into SQL tables, extracting RDF triples into a graph database, and other strategies.

Gerry Grenier, Senior Director of Content Management, IEEE
Bob Saffell, Director of Content Operations, Wolters Kluwer Health
Andrew Smeall, Chief Product Officer, Hindawi Publishing




Reinventing Medical Information for the Digital Age

BMJ have switched focus from simply providing content to creating digital products that solve specific user problems. We partnered with 67 Bricks to reinvent our content architecture to support our ambitions. A close collaborative relationship allowed us to redevelop our architecture from the ground up, moving away from large monographs to flexible chunks of content that can be rapidly updated and open up many opportunities for integration. The work we’ve done with 67 Bricks has laid the foundations to support our product development strategy, innovation and partnerships that were impossible before.

Susan Crean Business Development Consultant, 67 Bricks
David Iddon, Head of UX, BMJ
Dr Chris Wroe, Health Informatician, BMJ


The missing link in the publishing cycle
Vee Rogacheva, User Experience Designer, OpenAthens 


Refreshment break & networking


XML workflow as key to the advancement of the scholarly publishing industry
Jennifer Fleet
, Managing Director, Aries Systems Corporation &
S.J. MacRae, Business Systems Analyst, Aries Systems Corporation 


Power up! Supercharging the manuscript to journal pathway
Chris Leonard, Director of Products & Strategy, Cactus


Stability, agility and the delivery of Emerald’s Insight Platform
Sarah Boyd, Senior Product Manager, Emerald Publishing

A light hearted retrospective of the challenges, highlights and pitfalls of Emerald’s agile transformation, along with some key learning, against the backdrop of their recent platform rebuild and migration of the Emerald Insight product


Close of Seminar



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.

Laura Evans, a visual storyteller, Nifty Fox Creative will be sketching the ideas as they emerge and these will form the ‘proceedings’ of the day.

"Ideas made visual: Using the power of pictures to engage audiences, motivate teams and drive change in a visual world"

What is live scribing?
Record great ideas & make new connections to solve problems by capturing events through pictures.
Live scribing is real time illustration of the key themes discussed at a meeting, conference, eventor workshop.‘Scribes’ work manually using pens and boards, or digitally using an iPad and projector screen. Audiences can see illustrations progress throughout the event, helping viewers to understand ideas and engage with content.



Light continental breakfast & networking


Welcome & Introduction
Toby Green, Managing Director at Coherent Digital


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


Refreshment break & networking


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


Lunchtime: Debate and discussion


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


New Year Resolutions to Yourself & Wrap-up, Toby Green, Managing Director at Coherent Digital


Thank you and goodbyes!


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 - 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.




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.