Standards & Technology

In our efforts for Open Science, STM coordinates and supports an active program on Standards and Technology.

The projects in this area focus on best practices for Research Data, tools that help check Research Integrity, terminology to foster Transparent Peer Review, standards for Single Sign-on Protocols to achieve Seamless Access, and defining principles for AI ethics. And more. The portfolio is guided in its activities by a Standards and Technology Executive Committee (10 members). A Future Lab Forum (35 members) serves as a broader sounding board and contributes the input for the annual edition of the STM Tech Trends.
In addition to that, the STEC keeps track of important standards and technology developments in the wider publishing industry, provides input for standardization efforts and policy consultations, tracks the publishing participation in various standards bodies and prompts members and the STM Board on important developments in this area.

STM’s annual Trends is created annually by our Future Lab, a discussion forum of over 30 STM members. In a group discussion in December, participants identify key technology-driven trends that are likely to impact the STM publishing industry in the next three to five years. Our methodology is based on the Delphi-method for technology forecasting. The outcome of this is translated every year into an infographic that looks up to 5 years ahead.

See here the latest version: STM Trends 2025