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3 OCTOBER, 2019

Thatcher Business Education Centre at 

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford UK

On behalf of our European Conference Committee we are excited to share the draft agenda of our upcoming meeting. We have a full day of educational offerings in a fast-paced format. As a delegate, you are sure to take much practical information that can be immediately applied toward improving the quality of your editorial office. The draft agenda and registration information is below. We will be updating information from 1 August forward.



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Opening Remarks





Plenary Session - The Future of Publishing in a World of Change

What do the current trends in open access publishing mean for our members? Hear from speakers covering the perspectives of research libraries, society publishers and larger commercial publishers about the practical implications of policy implementation and how different sectors could adapt and change. 


Charles Whalley, British Pharmacological Society; David Prosser, Research Libraries UK; Victoria Gardner, Taylor & Francis


How to Improve the Quality of Submissions

What are the main problems encountered with submissions, and how are journals tackling them? This session will consider some of the most common and most serious problems, and discuss actions to tackle and prevent them – revealing what works and what doesn’t. The session will be interactive, asking for input from participants to share success stories.

Pippa Smart, PSP Consulting


Networking Break with Exhibitors




Breakout:Efficiency in the Editorial Office

How do you reduce the amount of work for your editorial office? We look at some of tools and processes that might help you do this and will work in groups on case studies."


Simone Larche, Oxford University Press; Juanita Goossens-Roach, Cambridge University Press


Breakout: Towards More Openness in Data Sharing Policies

We are living through a data-driven world. Data sharing is essential for the reproducibility of research. Journal publishers, research funders and institutions are coming on board and creating data sharing policies to encourage a new openness and FAIRness in research. However, this is not enough. FAIRsharing ( []) is a community-driven resource that maps the FAIRness of repositories and the standards they use, and relates them back to the data policies that recommend their use1. We guide consumers to discover, select and use these resources with confidence, and producers to make their resource more discoverable, widely adopted and cited. In this session, we will cover new initiatives, such as the Center for Open Science's Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines (TOP) and our preliminary work (in collaboration with Datacite) to define criteria for repository selection in journal publisher data policies.

Susanna-Assunta Sansone and Peter McQuilton, University of Oxford




Plenary: AI in Editorial and Peer Review Workflows

 Artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly dominates our lives, whether or not we are conscious of it. It is full of potential yet poses challenges which we may be wary of. With input from people engaged in developing AI tools for journals, this session will explore ways in which AI is being used to support managing editors, and also consider how managing editors can make the most of AI. 

Chris Leonard, Cactus Communications; Mary Miskin, Emerald Publishing; Michael Upshall, Unsilo; Michael Willis, Wiley


Lunch with Topics


President-Elect Remarks and Poster Awards



Plenary: Publication of Peer Review Reports

There is increasing interest from authors, reviewers and editors in more open forms of peer review, but technical and workflow hurdles have been limiting wider adoption. Another key reservation is the impact of adopting transparent or open peer review on the workload of editors and the efficiency of the peer review process. In this session we hear from three initiatives that are trying to overcome these issues and facilitate the adoption of more open peer review at scale.

Elizabeth Moylan, Wiley; Alejandra Clark, PLOS; Amye Kennall, Research Square


Break for Poster Discussion



Breakout: Graphical and Video Abstracts: This is How We Do It

Stand out from the crowd: increasing the potential of your article with a video abstract. An image is worth more than 1000 words!  A graphical abstract serves as a visual summary of an article’s main findings. We share our best practices from implementing the use of graphical abstracts in our journal.  

Thina Hedbom, Journal of Internal Medicine; Daniel Moore, Oxford University Press








Breakout: Approaching Corrigenda as a Team Effort - Case Studies

Journal staff and editors encounter many different types of corrections that range in severity from amending author affiliations, to cases of extreme data manipulation.  We will present different types of correction cases, and will discuss these in smaller groups. Each group will discuss a specific case. After completing the exercise, each group will review their case and their recommendations, discussing points of consideration for each.

Erica Wilfong Boxheimer, EMBO Press; Stefanie Heck, International Journal of Cancer





Breakout: Making Life Easier for Authors: The Benefits of XML First Workflows

Online submission was supposed to make life easier for authors and publishers, wasn't it? In this session we talk about some of the developments online submission and tracking system vendors are undertaking to make this a reality.

Sean MacRae, Aries and Ian Potter, Clarivate


Breakout: Practical Advice for Using Social Media in a Scientific Journal

Social media can be an effective way to engage with academic audiences, and attract new readers and authors. Based on his experience as Social Media Manager for the open-access journal eLife, Stuart King will share advice on how to leverage social media to increase a journal's impact.

Stuart King, eLife


Plenary: Changes and Constants at COPE

Aspiring to better practice in publication ethics and research integrity means promoting respect for and between researchers, authors, peer reviewers, journal editors, and research administrators. It means supporting their best efforts to respect research participants, subjects, animals, and the environment. It means promoting respect for the people who benefit from well-conducted and well-communicated research: Us all.
But while these standards remain, research and research publishing are changing at speed. In this session, COPE Trustee and Immediate Past Co-Chair Chris Graf will describe what COPE is doing right now to provide answers to emerging and often difficult publishing ethics questions in a world that’s changing, fast.

Chris Graf, Wiley


Closing Remarks and Reception





Receive a $50.00 discount off rates shown below by registering by 16 September! 

ISMTE Members                               $375

2019 Membership with Registration  $425

Non-Members                                    $550

Developing Country Members           $250

Students                                            $250

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