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. View our latest: STM Trends 2026 | The Beauty of Open at Scale.