APE 2018
Academic Publishing
in Europe
Ramping up Relevance

APE 2018 Full Conference:
16-17 January 2018 Berlin

SSP Pre-Conference:
15 January 2018 Berlin


SSP Pre-Conference

15 January 2018

Final Program. Status 6 January 2018


Doors open
09:00 - 10:00

Coffee, Tea (Breakfast in the restaurant until 10 AM)
Hotel NH Collection Berlin Mitte at Checkpoint Charlie, Leipziger Strasse 106-111, 10117 Berlin - Conference Rooms Frederick (ground floor / parterre)

10:00 - 11:15

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Melanie Dolecheck, Executive Director, SSP
  • David Thew, Commercial Director, Maverick Publishing Specialists, Ltd

“Resolved: Science and scholarship should be curated and hosted by public institutions, not by commercial publishers.”

Each debater will prepare a 10 minute statement, and is allowed a 3 minute response to the opponent’s argument. The winner is decided by audience vote.

  • Moderator: Rick Anderson, SSP Past-President, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • In favor: Jill Taylor-Roe, Director of Academic Services and University Librarian, Philip Robinson Libary, Newcastle University
  • Against: Eric Merkel-Sobotta, Vice President, Communications & External Affairs, De Gruyter, Berlin, Germany

11:15 - 11:30

Morning break (coffee/tea)

11:30 - 13:00

“How is public policy and funding changing the flow of scholarly communication?”

Speakers will explore how public policy and grant funding are influencing and shaping scholarly discourse – including research communication requirements – and how it is affecting publishers.

  • Moderator
    Heather Staines, Director of Partnerships, Hypothes.is, Trumbull, CT
  • Dr. Trish Groves, Director of Academic Outreach and Advocacy, BMJ, and Editor-in-chief, BMJ Open, London
  • Robert van der Vooren, Project Manager, VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands), The Hague
  • Geraldine Clement-Stoneham, Knowledge and Information Manager, Medical Research Council, London
  • Dr. Axel Marion, Head of Division Higher Education Policy, Swiss Rector's Conference, Swisssuniversities, Bern

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch & Networking

14:00 -15:45

Workshops - Discussions

Pre-Conference participants will break into groups, each of which will discuss a specific challenge to publishers in balancing relevance and acceptable engagement on the one hand with commercial return on the other. Groups will generate practical measures, publishers can adopt to meet this challenge, both individually and as an industry, and report back to the full assembly.

  • Group moderators:
  • Stephanie Decouvelaere, Product Manager, SAGE Publications, London
    Topic: What are the ways to use product expansion to be more than a 'publisher'?
  • Anthony Watkinson, Principal Consultant, CIBER Research; Director, Charleston Conference; Honorary Lecturer, Univeristy College, London
    Topic: Are publishers getting to researchers early enough in their careers?
  • Anne Michael, President, Delta Think, Philadelphia, PA
    Topic: AI: Opportunity or threat?
  • Melanie Dolecheck, Executive Director, SSP, Wheat Ridge, CO
    Topic: Will the growth of new journal development and the increasing output of researchers continue unabated or will we reach a point of peak content?
  • Rick Anderson, SSP Past President, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
    Topic: How is our role as 'publisher' changing?
  • David Thew, Commercial Director, Maverick Publishing Specialists, Dorset
    Topic: If you were starting a publishing operation today, which core competencies would you consider critical?
  • Charlie Rapple, Co-Founder of Kudos, Wheatley
    Topic: If the Impact Factor is not an effective measurement for tenure and promotion, what is?
  • Will Schweitzer, Director of Product and Custom Publishing, AAAS, Washington, DC
    Topic: Are the business models and competing interests of publishers at odds with the survival of the traditional scientific society?

15:45 - 16:00

Afternoon break (coffee/tea)

16:00 - 17:00

“Scholarly Publishing in the Future”

  • Dr. Michiel Kolman, President, International Publishers Association (IPA), Geneva, SVP Information Industry Relations, Academic Ambassador Emeritus, Elsevier

The goal of this session is to spur attendees to think about the future. How can scholarly publishers plan now for what’s to come? What competencies will be needed to adapt? What value-add will publishers need to focus on in order to differentiate themselves and continue to operate in an increasingly “open” world where anyone can be a “publisher”?


Closing Remarks/Adjourn


"Going Dutch""

We will make recommendations for restaurants in walking distance and some original Berlin pubs.