Publishing in a larger world, or is it a smaller one?
An STM Week Event


This year’s presentations and video’s are sponsored by Semantico

The future of scholarly publishing in a global, many stakeholder environment and how to survive it

In July of 2016, an anonymous editorial in the Economist suggested that the global political landscape is fundamentally changing away from the tradition of left vs right and towards open vs closed. In this case open means globalisation, free trade and living in the larger world; and closed means a raising of drawbridges and building of walls, in some cases metaphorical, in others, physical.

In scholarly publishing and the academy which it serves, there has been a long standing trend towards openness and collaboration, the economic ramifications of which have not yet fully played out. This particular form of openness doesn't just reach across boarders, it also reaches across stakeholders by empowering new groups to play a role in how our industry serves its market and develops in the future.

As the world becomes smaller through the power of the internet, our own worlds must become larger to meet it. We must acknowledge and explore the challenges that both globalisation and new paradigms in scholarly communication present, as we search for ways to make new models sustainable in various markets. In this seminar we will be exploring a range of topics including:

  • The effect of Brexit on industry, the academy and scholarly publishing
  • Global variations in attitudes to open access and open science
  • Responsible and sustainable  engagement with emerging markets
  • The new research metrics environment
  • The changing role of institutions and funders
  • The role of the scholarly communication infrastructure

Seminar Director: Phill Jones, Director of Publishing Innovation, Digital Science  



Registration, coffee & networking


STM in the big wide world

Moderated by: Phill Jones


The State of Open Access 2016

Daniel Pollock, Senior Analyst. Delta Think

Open Access has caused significant disruption in the world of scholarly publishing, and its continued growth can create opportunities for those involved. However, many organisations have difficulty wrapping their arms around the market dynamics, trends, and drivers and interpreting how those dynamics might impact them. Dan will present headline findings from an extensive new investigation of the Open Access market, which looks behind the hype and addresses topics such as what's really working and how successful the different business models are. The presentation will be based on a data set assembled and analyzed by Delta Think that comprises many sources and includes benchmarks based on exclusive data shared by publishers.


Refreshment Break





How needs and attitudes shape business models around the world

Moderated by: Daniel Pollock, Senior Analyst, Delta Think

Panel Discussion

Richard Bennett, Commercial Director, Hindawi

Moving towards Open Access through partnership: the Érudit platform experience 

Émilie Paquin, Research and Strategic Development, Érudit platform, Université de Montréal

Jisc Collections experience of negotiations for open access in the UK

Liam Earney, Director, JISC Collections, JISC


It's a small world after all: Engaging in emerging markets

Responsible engagement with emerging markets

Anne Powell, Programme Manager, Information Access and Publisher Liaison, INASP

Meeting Sustainable Development Goals internationally will rely heavily on research – and, by extension, the good communication of research. As the research systems of developing countries mature, we find an ever increasing pool of talented and well trained academics. This new wave of researchers are both readers and authors of research literature. Corporate social responsibility, which has long been part of publishing ethos, can open up future business opportunities. However, these ambitions need to be tempered by reality and INASP can share some thoughts and experiences from our 25 years of acting as an intermediary between scholarly publishers and developing-country libraries and consortia.


Lunch and networking



Conversations with Researchers

The world is getting smaller, which means that we all need a more global outlook. In this series of conversations, we will explore the needs of scholars in emerging markets and the global south.

Moderated by: Siân Harris, Publications and Engagement Manager, INASP 

Deependra Pourel, Researcher and Architect, Bhutan (currently at University of Westminster)

Nilam Ashra-McGrath, Research Uptake Manager, COMDIS-HSD Research Programme, University of Leeds


Beyond geography: New stakeholders and new channels

Exploring research information citizenship for researchers, funders, publishers and institutions

Simon Porter, VP academic relations and knowledge architecture, Digital Science

Research metadata forms the information network that connects researchers, research institutions, funders, publishers, and research service providers together.

How well information flows across this community has direct implications on how well research activity can be supported, and fundamentally how efficiently we can move research forward.

Through highlighting six recent advances in research infrastructure, this presentation seeks to recast how we think about metadata - not as a series of static records, but as objects that move between systems and organizations that create new opportunities for collaboration.

By understanding the mechanics of how this occurs, we come closer to understanding our roles in the system, not just as consumers of information, but as research information citizens both with responsibilities to the information with which we interact.


Refreshment Break


Panel: Data, metadata and partnerships: exposing new value and new diversities in the scholarly record

Moderated by: Fiona Murphy, Publishing, Research Data and Scholarly Communications

Robert Gurney, School of Mathematical, Physical and Computer Sciences at the University of Reading

Paul Groth, Elsevier Labs

Juan Bicarregui, Head e-Science Applications Support Division at STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratories.

The IT revolution and the internet created a slew of opportunities and challenges for academia and the scholarly communication industry. One such interesting challenge is the creation of large multi-national super datasets from communities of researchers working towards a common goal. At the same time, the reproducibility crisis creates a need for greater transparency and openness at all stages of the research cycle. In response, there has been a drive towards encouraging researchers to make data publicly available, but is that enough? How do we make sure that the right research outputs are made available to the right people. How is data curated and what happens when data sets change? What are the long-term sustainability challenges? In this panel we explore the various efforts to meet the organisational and infrastructure challenges of the new wave of big science.


The exciting world of e-infrastructures: what we have and what is missing

Moderated by: Alice Meadows, Director of Community Engagement & Support for ORCID

Liz Allen, Director of Strategic Initiatives, F1000

Paul Peters, Chief Executive Officer, Hindawi Publishing Corporation

Mike Taylor, Head of Metrics Development, Digital Science


There is increasing recognition of the need for a strong and sustainable scholarly research infrastructure - one that works for the benefit of researchers in all disciplines and regions, and that is supported by organizations across all sectors. The speakers in this session will look at our existing infrastructure - what's working and what isn't - and consider what changes are needed and why. After an overview of the current landscape, the panelists will discuss the barriers to using the existing infrastructure, and suggest some future solutions and development opportunities. We will focus on the need to encourage good research information citizenship across the whole community. This will be an informal discussion and audience participation is strongly encouraged.


Close of Seminar



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