STM US Annual Conference 2023

Due to unprecedented demand,
the STM US Conference has SOLD OUT

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 hear 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,

Wednesday 26th April 2023


Registration, coffee & networking


Opening & Welcome

Sarah Tegen, Senior Vice President, Journals Publishing Group, American Chemical Society

Delia Mihaila, Chief Publishing Officer,


Telling the story of academic publishing

Introduced by: Deborah Kahn, COPE Trustee, and Research Integrity Consultant

Shane M Hanlon, Ph.D., Senior Producer with The Story Collider

This session will explore and examine the value of storytelling in communicating science, for publishers of scientific content, and authors within the publishing system.

It will provide insights into the science behind storytelling, message framing, the use of personal stories in the publication process, and ways in which stories can help prolong the life of scientific publications.


Volume and impact growth, Open Access

Moderated by: Caroline Sutton, CEO, STM

This session will take a data-driven look at all aspects of the growth of open-access publication, including the impact of open access (OA), the growth in citations, and the analysis of top-cited articles, where top-cited researchers are now publishing.  The session will also look closely into reasons for this growth and trendlines, and aim to set out some predictions of where publication output, growth, and open access may be in the future.

Dan Pollock, Chief Digital Officer, Delta Think

Joshua Schnell, Director, Academic & Government Global Consultancy at Clarivate 


Refreshment break & networking


Impact of research

Moderated by: Giulia Stefenelli, Chair of Scientific Board, MDPI

This session aims to address ways in which the impact of published research can be measured, enhancing new impact metrics available in different regions through cross-institutional and interdisciplinary collaborations to identify the true impact of research globally. This includes, but is not limited to, reducing research waste, improving clinical practice, to determining governments to take measures that improve the climate or people's lives by having an impact on society.

Professor Cherry Murray, Deputy Director of Research at Biosphere2
Impact Measures for Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Work

The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and, internationally, the InterAcademy Partnership of over 140 national academies of science, engineering, and medicine worldwide as well as various scientific groups associated with the United Nations all hold convenings of experts and all publish scholarly reports for various audiences in order to make an impact on society.  The output of the workshops and reports reference scientific publications and aim to provide science-based advice to policymakers, the public, researchers in a field, the leaders of academia, or funders of research.  All of these organizations aim for greater impact, but how can one define and measure this?  Cherry will describe what these organizations currently use as metrics.  There is a need for more comprehensive and systematic tools in order to keep track of impacts that can sometimes be decades after the publication of the report.  

Melinda Kenneway, Co-founder and CEO of Kudos
Impact is a Journey
Much of science progresses quietly. Big developments are often comprised of many small advances. The impact of any piece of research is often long-term, unpredictable and collaborative. Understanding the relative roles and contributions to significant breakthroughs is hugely challenging. Before we consider how to measure impact, we need to define it, then understand the drivers and indicators – which are as important to measure as the ultimate impact itself, particularly as impact can be many years in the making. Melinda will discuss the approach used by Kudos to close the gap between research producers and consumers, and how measures might be developed to help understand the chain of influence towards impact, which then – in a virtuous circle – can be used to accelerate and optimize impact ongoing.

Shannon O'Reilly, Team Lead, Product Solutions for Altmetric and Dimensions, Digital Science
Defining "research impact" can be as complex as trying to measure it. The definitions of impact can be as diverse as researcher's stakeholders. Defining impact has become increasingly complex with the ongoing shift to online mediums for discussing and engaging with research. This session will look at the role alternative metrics play in measuring and defining research impact, especially as we look beyond citation based metrics and to the online mentions of research in news, blogs, social media, policy, patents, and wikipedia. As an example, we'll turn to an ongoing study being conducted by the Altmetric Data Insights team on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and what altmetrics can tell us about the socio-economic and public engagement impacts of research over the past 8 years as it relates to sustainability. 

Christopher Erdmann, Associate Director for Open Science, Michael J. Fox Foundation
At the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), we believe that the results of all MJFF-funded research should be promptly published and broadly disseminated to accelerate innovation and foster collaboration toward our shared goal of new treatments and cures for Parkinson’s disease. In 2020, MJFF adopted an Open Access Policy to further the sharing of funded research outputs. Through the lens of the OAP, together with trends in open science, we will discuss what impact means to us and explore what steps the foundation and our community are taking to improve the discoverability and reproducibility of our research. 


Publication models

Moderated by: Delia Mihaila, Chief Publishing Officer,

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, Editorial Director, Springer Nature
Scientific Reports: trusted at scale
Scientific Reports launched in 2011 as an Open Access journal with an inclusive editorial model, and now publishes over 20,000 articles each year. This session will consider the development of the journal, and examine how it achieved remarkable growth while maintaining the quality of published content.

Giulia Stefenelli, Chair of Scientific Board, MDPI
Transitioning to a sustainable Gold OA Model – Medicina case study
As interest in open-access publication models continues to grow and the desire to embrace an open science future is widely shared, we aim to explore how journals can successfully transition to an open publication model while preserving their identity, becoming more widely consulted, and growing self-sustainable. We will examine the case of the journal Medicina, scientific journal of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, and its journey through the transition to Gold OA model answering common questions from publishers and societies.

Dinesh Soares, Associate Publisher, ACS Publications, American Chemical Society
ACS Omega was launched in 2016 as the first Gold Open Access journal in the ACS Publications portfolio. In this talk, I will share “The ACS Omega Story,” from its inception to its current status as one of the largest, high-quality Open Access journals in the chemical sciences.

Tom Ciavarella, Head of Public Affairs and Advocacy, North America, Frontiers
Issues with Volume: There's more than one financial path for Open Access Society Journals
Many in the society community express concerns that an immediate flip to the Open Access APC model will force society journals to publish an unrealistic amount to maintain financial sustainability. But by focusing on gradual, high-quality growth, and by exploring alternative revenue streams, flipping directly to OA can be a more financially sustainable option than many societies realise. In this session, we'll explore the ways in which a shift to a volume-based publication model doesn't need to rely on volume alone.


Lunch and networking


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

Moderated by: Adrian StanleyGeneral Manager, JMIR Publications

Traditional publication processes risk both slowing down science and wasting the insights from the peer review process. This session will explore recent initiatives which address this problem by combining the speed and openness provided by preprints with the trust and quality provided by peer review. What are the implications for the future of publishing?

Anita Bandrowski, CEO, SciScore
Fiona Hutton, Head of Publishing, eLife
Chad Sansing, Product Manager, PREreview


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.

James E. Fowler, Program Director in the Communications and Information Foundations cluster of the Division of Computing and Communication Foundations in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering of the US National Science Foundation

Sean Collins, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Radiation Oncology, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

Claire Besson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, George Washington University

Lisa Boxer, Stadtman Investigator, Laboratory of Genome Integrity, National Institutes of Health

Chenggang Tao, Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Refreshment break & networking


Working together across disciplines to meet the UN Sustainability Development Goals

Moderated by: Joyce Lorigan, Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Lead, Springer Nature

We share the latest data, techniques, and tools which help researchers work together across disciplines and channels, publishing research to meet the UN Sustainability Goals for a better world.

A quantitative analysis of SDGs using Web of Science
Ann Beynon
, Lead Partnerships Manager, Institute for Scientific Information

This session will provide a quantitate overview of SDG research based on Web of Science Core Collection data.  The publication data in Web of Science is mapped to the UN SDGs, enabling a range of analyses.  Ann will present the overall trends in SDG research, including breakdowns by publisher and open access status.  We will also explore how the research mapped to SDGs aligns with our traditional journal categories.

Jaron Porciello, Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame &  Co-Founder, Havos.AI
Dana Compton, Managing Director, & Publisher, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)


OA policies update

Moderated by: Ann Gabriel, Senior Vice President for Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier

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.

Kazuhiro Hayashi, Director, Research Unit for Data Application, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy, Japan
With the global momentum for OA accelerating there is a need to consider many different models and approaches in different geographic regions.  Maintaining biblio-diversity is critical, including support for local language publishing and differences across disciplines.

Jessica Tucker, Office of Science Policy, National Institutes of Health, USA
NIH has a long history of support for public access, including the NIH Public Access Policy, and is working with US Government colleagues to implement the 2022 OSTP Memorandum on Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research. Areas for discussion include: how to best support equity in publication opportunities, how to improve equity in access/accessibility of publications, and methods for monitoring evolving costs and impacts on affected communities.

Claudia Bauzer Medeiros, Coord. eScience & Data Science program, FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) 
While the openness of publications and software (and the associated costs) are increasingly understood by researchers, data sharing—and open data in particular—are concepts whose realization are still in their infancy, with implementation, cultural, and political barriers that must be addressed.

Andrew Stammer, Director, CSIRO Publishing
Open science is conflating and evolving the traditional roles of producers, consumers, and publishers of research.  These shifts will impact a range of issues including copyright and copyright enforcement; data sharing and privacy; and call for nuanced approaches to affecting change in research culture and policy.  This also includes support for biblio-diversity and Indigenous knowledge.


Meeting wrap-up and close


Drinks Reception

Thursday 27th April 2023


Coffee & networking


Opening & welcome – Delia Mihaila, Chief Publishing Officer,


Ethics of scientific publication—deficient institutional responses

Introduced by: Deborah Kahn, COPE Trustee, and Research Integrity Consultant

Who is ultimately responsible for the integrity of the scientific literature, the enduring product of the research endeavor?  Authors and reviewers clearly have a major role, but journals and research institutions should play their parts as well.  Conflicts of interest and general pusillanimity, however, militate against the fulfillment of their obligations.  Solutions to the problem will be proposed.

David Sanders, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University 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.


Research misconduct and publication ethics: improving transparency and collaboration between institutions, funders, and journals. 

Moderated by: Deborah Kahn, COPE Trustee, and Research Integrity Consultant

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, Ph.D., Research Misconduct Officer, Veterans Health Administration


Refreshment break & networking


Flash session refocused - emerging technologies from the investor and analyst position - what you need to know! 

Moderated by: Adrian StanleyGeneral Manager, JMIR Publications

This session aims to turn the traditional lightning session with new emerging startup technologies and products on its head, and hear from the perspective of the analyst and investor, what they think are the technologies and companies to watch over the next 3-5 years, why this is, and what lens and perspective are they looking at. All done with the overall theme of the STM conference in mind Open & Trusted at Scale.

Lettie Y. Conrad, Ph.D., VP & Lead Analyst, Scholarly Communications, Outsell Inc.

Steve Scott, Director of Portfolio Development, Digital Science

Jessica Sebeok, Vice President for Global Government Partnerships & Public Policy, Wiley

Deepika Bajaj, Consultant, VC Investments and Chair Product Leaders Forum, GTM Strategist


Lunch and networking


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

In this session, Joris van Rossum, Product Director, STM Integrity Hub, together with a panel will report from the Integrity Hub Master Class held on April 25th. What are publishers' 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.

Sarah Jenkins, Acting Senior Director, Research Integrity & Publishing Ethics, Elsevier
Sabina Alam, Director of Publishing Ethics and Integrity, Taylor & Francis
Daniel Ucko, Head of Ethics and Research Integrity, American Physical Society


Practical aspects of making research data available

Moderated by: Dan Valen, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Figshare 

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.

Taunton Paine, M.A, Director, Scientific Data Sharing Policy Division, Office of Science Policy, National Institutes of Health
Sonya Dumanis, Ph.D., Deputy Director. Aligning Science Across Parkinsons
Erika Pastrana, Ph.D., Editorial Director, Nature Portfolio
Marcel LaFlamme, Ph.D., Open Research Manager, PLOS
Joris van Rossum, Product Director, STM Integrity Hub


Launch of STM Trends
Hylke Koers
, Chief Information Officer, STM Solutions

Moderated by: Heather Staines, Senior Consultant, Delta Think

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

Erin Foley, Senior Publisher Solutions Manager, Copyright Clearance Center

Andy Heard, Senior Director and IT Business Partner, IEEE

Simone Taylor, Publisher and Chief of Publishing Operations, American Psychiatric Association

Aaron Wood, Head Product & Content Management, American Psychological Association



Conference Program Committee:
Delia Mihaila
, Chief Publishing Officer,

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, Chair of Scientific Board, MDPI

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