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Evolving Trends in Scholarly Publishing

Note from organizers regarding COVID-19

ISMTE is committed to caring for our members, vendors, and colleagues. Your safety and well-being is and will continue to be our top priority. We have closely monitored the COVID-19 situation and based on all recommended precautionary measures, protocols, and guidelines from various health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Australian Government Department of Health, and other local authorities. It is with great regret that ISMTE does not see a clear path forward to
hosting an in-person meeting and so we are excited to announce we'll be moving forward with this event virtually. Transition plans are still underway, and we'll post the updated schedule on this page as soon as possible.

We're excited to bring you the following content

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.
Speaker: Adam Hyde, Coko Foundation

Panel Discussion: Open Data/Fair Data/Data Mandates
Two 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.
Speakers: 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.
Speakers: Yongyan Li, The University of Hong Kong; Helen McLean, Wiley

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.
Speakers: Brian Minihan, ORCID

Best Practices Graphical Abstracts 
This is How My Journal Did It
Speaker: Thina Hedbom, Journal of Internal Medicine

Best Practices - Reviewer Guidelines 
Presenters will talk of their research into the value of peer review and how journals can help reviewers.
Speakers: Ophelia Han, Glenn Landis

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.
Speaker: Tony Alves, Aries Systems

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.   
Speakers: Erin Landis, American Gastroenterological Association; Martha Rundell, Wiley; Anke van Eekelen, Respirology

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