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2020 Asia Pacific Conference Agenda
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2-3 MARCH 2020

Jasper Hotel 

489 Elizabeth Street - Melbourne, Australia

On behalf of our Asia Pacific Conference Committee we are very pleased to share the draft agenda of our upcoming meeting. We have a day and a half of educational offerings followed by a half-day COPE workshop. As a delegate, you are sure to find 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 November forward.



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Opening Remarks





Plenary Session - The Changing Landscape of Scholarly Publishing

Scholarly Publishing is embracing all things 'open'. The movement started with Open Access, then Open Data, and is now migrating towards Open Source, sometimes also referred to as 'Open Infrastructure'. What is Open Source and does it relate to Scholarly Publishing? Adam will speak from 14 years experience working with Open Source and publishing to give an overview of the opportunities and challenges Open Source presents for the Scholarly Publishing sector. In particular Adam will talk to the work Coko is doing as the primary provider of Open Infrastructure in the Scholarly Communications sector.


Adam Hyde, Coko Foundation
 10:15-10:45 Networking break with exhibitors  


Panel Discussion: Open Data/Fair Data/Data Mandates

Three speakers from APAC will explain Fair and Open data and discuss regional data mandates and trends. Following the presentations, the presenters will form a panel to discuss questions from the floor.

Kiera McNeice and Keith Russell


Text-recycling: Context Matters

This session places the current view on text-recycling as a questionable conduct in a broader context of multiculturalism and legality. A linguistics expert in English for academic purposes will shed light on how re-use of published material can be socio-culturally influenced and how journals editors and professional writers can embrace author diversity without compromising the quality of manuscripts prepared for publications. Following on, a legal expert in scholarly publishing will further expand on the ethical and legal implications of text-recycling and how or when this relates to a breach of copyright. Journal editors, writers and authors can all gain from better understanding the notion that research integrity in general is based on global consensus, but that legal ramifications for a breach are lacking international agreement in law. Insight into these topics may help those professionally involved in scholarly publishing to recognize one’s role in how best to address and manage text-recycling issues of concern in a wider context.

Yongyan Li, The University of Hong Kong; Helen McLean, Wiley
 12:15-13:15 Networking Lunch   

Panel: Transparency in the publishing process

Multiple factors are driving the demand for greater transparency in the editorial and peer review process. This may take the form of transparency about peer review processes, clarity on authorship and contributorship to published research, considerations around conflicts of interest of participants in the publishing process, and unambiguity around author/reviewer identity. This session will explore the implications of these for editors, authors and peer reviewers, as well as the practical implications for managing editors and editorial office staff.
Alexandra Lazzari, Routledge Taylor & Francis Australasia; Brian Minihan, ORCID; Trevor Lane, COPE Council Member
 14:30-15:30Breakout: Best Practices - Case Studies from Editorial OfficesThina Hedbom, Journal of Internal Medicine; Cherie Graham, Australian Prescriber; Yan Liang, Journal of Systematics and Evolution; Jocelyne Bassal, Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine

Breakout: Best Practices in Journal Publishing: Great Ideas from Editorial Offices and Publishing Vendors

Learn how editorial office peers handle issues like social media, graphics, special issues and author-suggested reviewers. Hear how all the major manuscript tracking software companies are working together to make transferring papers from one system to another easier.  This session will provide practical takeaways for attendees to use in their own journal offices.

 15:30-16:00 Networking Break in Exhibit Area  

Reviewer Guidelines 

Presenters will talk of their research into the value of peer review and how journals can help reviewers.

Ophelia Han
Glenn Landis
 17:00-19:00 Networking reception  


 8:30-9:00  Registration  
 9:00-10:00 Plenary Session -  Embracing Change at The MIT Press

There is uncertainty and opportunity in equal measure in scholarly publishing today. Rapid technology consolidation, a proliferation of business models, and changing patterns of behaviour in the academic ecosystem of authors, editors, libraries, and publishers make for both challenges and a fertile ground for experimentation. For example, in an era when monographs sell far less than half of what they used to, how can university presses continue to meet this publishing function that’s core to the mission in new ways? Nick Lindsay will explore how The MIT Press has met these challenges head on across all aspects of its book and journal publishing programs, from the origins of the Knowledge Futures Group to its burgeoning open access publishing program. 

Nick Lindsay, MIT Press

Manuscript Exchange Common Approach (MECA): An Industry Effort to Simplify Cross-publication Transfer of Data and Files

Authors are frustrated with the process of uploading data and files multiple times during the peer review process. With cascading workflows, domain-specific consortiums, and preprint servers pushing papers from repositories to journal systems, there is a real need to streamline the manuscript submission process. In 2017 a group of manuscript-management suppliers (Aries Systems, Clarivate, eJournalPress, and HighWire) developed a common approach to manuscript data and file exchange, called Manuscript Exchange Common Approach (MECA). These guidelines can be used in the scholarly publishing ecosystem to communicate between organizations. In 2018, this same group submitted a proposal to the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and NISO set up a working group whose members include American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, Cold Spring Harbor, eLife, IEEE, Green Fifteen, Jisc, Journal of Clinical Investigation, the National Library of Medicine, Springer Nature, Taylor and Francis, plus the original organizations. The goal is to finalize a “best practice for manuscript and data exchange”. Open science and open peer review will benefit greatly from the MECA initiative as we seek to standardize communications protocols so that research can flow more quickly and more freely.

Tony Alves, Aries Systems
 10:30-11:00 Networking Break with Exhibitors  

Social Media: There are many ways to use social media to promote your journal, your authors, and the research you publish.

Social media is pervasive in the lives of researchers and there are many opportunities to use social media to raise awareness of your journal and the research you publish. This session will discuss varied social media programs, from well-funded to volunteer-staffed efforts, including strategies for getting researchers and authors to assist with social media. This session will also explore how WeChat works, and how it is used inside and outside of China.   

Erin Landis, American Gastroenterological Association; Martha Rundell, Wiley; Anke van Eekelen, Respirology
 12:00-1:00 Networking Lunch  


COPE Workshop

Following on from the success of previous workshops in Singapore and Beijing, COPE is delighted to announce another half day publication ethics workshop, on Tuesday 3 March 2020.
The workshop is hands-on, with attendees working through publication ethics issues from real cases raised by COPE members, to identify what next steps should be taken, with the help of COPE Council members.

COPE Council members
Michael Wise and Trevor Lane will run the workshop using the collective advice and guidance from COPE as well as their own perspectives. The workshop is free for COPE members and conference registrants to attend.

(Please use the ISMTE conference registration form to indicate your attendance at the COPE workshop.)

Cope Council Members Trevor Lane and Michael Wise
 4:45  Closing Remarks  





Receive a $50.00 discount off rates shown below by registering by 31 January! 

 ISMTE Members  $395
 2020 Membership with Registration  $495
 Non-Members  $570
 Developing Country Members   $300
 Students  $300


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