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Thursday 8 November

 

8:00 - 8:40
REGISTRATION


8:40 - 9:00
OPENING REMARKS AND AWARDS CEREMONY

Julie Nash
ISMTE President

Duncan Nicholas
DN Journal Publishing Services


9:00 - 9:45
TRENDS AND INNOVATIONS IN PRE-PRINTS
Máté Pálfy
Community Manager, preLights

This session will explore current trends in PrePrints; the rapid rise in popularity of this form of science communication, the innovative ways in which platforms are developing and being implemented, and what it might all mean for editorial office staff. Centre for Open Science will be here to profile the activity they have seen around the use of the 20 preprint servers hosted on their platform and how The Company of Biologists have engaged their community to develop a preprint highlighting platform.


9:45 - 10:30
HOW CAN THE ARTS, HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FOLLOW THE PACE OF
OPEN ACCESS IN STEM?

Eleonora Belfiore
Professor in Communication and Media Studies, Loughborough University

Martin Eve
Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing, Birkbeck, University of London

Aimee Nixon
Head of Open Research, Emerald Group Publishing

In this session our panel will examine open access developments in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, providing insight into alternative business models and the difficulties of open access within the AHSS space. Hear how Emerald Group Publishing has been developing their open access strategies to better serve the AHSS community. Learn how impact is seen as a proxy for quality and value. Consider issues in evidencing such impact, and the implications this has for public funding in the AHSS field. Understand the equality and diversity issues that come from research quality and the assessment processes involved in REF planning.


10:30 - 10:50
NETWORKING BREAK WITH EXHIBITORS


10:50 - 11:45
CASE STUDY

During this interactive session attendees will form groups to discuss case studies of common, but not necessarily clear-cut, problems and debate prospective resolutions. Drawing from real-life, the problems posed will deal with topics such as changes in submission rates and backlogs, complications in editorial board meetings, or dealing with tricky special issues. Prepare to be inspired and take home solutions.

Moderator

Mary Miskin
Head of Editorial, Emerald Group Publishing


11:45 - 12:30
CONFERENCE OUTPUTS AS A MEDIUM OF SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION

Nicholas Rowe
University of Lapland

With an active market of over 22,000 higher education institutions, 17,500 scientific societies and associations, 8.4 million researchers and immeasurable professions, the Academic, Scientific and Professional (ASP) sector is a major publishing client group. In this sector, the mainstay media of text and journal article publications form the established forms of scientific communication, however conferences also feature in this role, and are pursued on a massive global scale. Using conservative estimations and based on published figures, conference outputs can be seen to outnumber journal articles by over 76%. The conference industry reports multi-billion levels of direct spending contributions, and individual conference costing can also be measured as a multi-billion annual expenditure. However, the outputs of conferences are poorly disseminated, and their inefficiencies in terms of their potential to be accessed and engaged with result in an undeniable level of missed research. More than half of the oral presentations developed for conferences are never published (and less than 1% of posters), and at this level of expenditure, the return on investment is clearly unsustainable. Based on the needs and motivations expressed by ASP conference users in recent research, it is asked whether conference outputs could (and should) form an alternative ‘academic currency’, and whether established STM publishers are well placed to embrace this development opportunity to supplement a transition from our established analogue view of print media publishing, to rich digital platforms that meet the needs of today’s ASP community.


12:30 - 13:30
NETWORKING LUNCH


13:30 - 14:00
LIGHTNING TALKS

Joshua Green
Manager of Operations, BioResources

Anna Jester
Director of Sales & Marketing, eJournalPress

Andrew Walker
Director, TaskAdept Ltd.

This lightning session of pro-tips, fast facts and quick fixes will feature a discussion on an online ethic statement tool, Joshua assessing the ‘author pays’ model and Anna giving advice on project and meeting planning.


14:00 - 14:20
POSTER PRESENTATIONS / AWARDS

Stephanie Kinnan
Assistant Managing Editor of Clinical Publications , American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Sibabalwe Oscar Masinyana
Managing Editor, Taylor & Francis


14:20 - 15:05
QUALITY ASSURANCE IN JOURNAL EDITORIAL PROCESSES

Nick Rushby 
Professor of Education & Self Development, Kazan Federal University, Russia

Many of the techniques that are used in business to improve quality could be applied to scholarly journals to improve those processes that are under the editor’s control. Improving quality involves a number of steps: Identifying the key Quality indicators (KQIs) that determine quality for your customers; Documenting your procedures; Doing what you say you will do; Monitoring the KQIs and continually reviewing the procedures to improve quality. This can lead to a beneficial re-examination of the relationships between the different participants (actors) in the publication system. This session will introduce the ISMTE online resource on journal quality and examine how editors (in all subject disciplines) can maintain and improve the quality of their journals by adopting a systematic approach to quality improvement.


15:05 - 15:25
NETWORKING BREAK WITH EXHIBITORS


15:25 - 16:10
WHAT IS  BLOCKCHAIN FOR PEER REVIEW?

Siobhan Aldridge
Senior Manager, Online Submission, Taylor & Francis

Addressing the mechanics of blockchain and how it will work in assisting the peer review process, this session will explore how block chain solutions can be tools for large publisher scale, and whether they are practical and functional for small, independent publishers.


16:10 - 17:05
PEER REVIEW DISCUSSION

Moderators
Maria Guerreiro
Journal Development Editor, eLife Sciences

Duncan Nicholas
DN Journal Publishing Services

Michael Willis
Senior Manager, Peer Review, John Wiley & Sons Ltd

This discussion session will focus on what a better system of reviewing might look like. Groups will discuss three burning issues in peer review: diversity, editorial standards and process management. Prepare to discuss strengths and weaknesses in the current system and provide recommendations for better practices and reformed processes.


17:05 - 17:10
CLOSING REMARKS

Duncan Nicholas
DN Journal Publishing Services


17:10 - 18:30
NETWORKING RECEPTION

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