“Striking a Balance: Embracing change while preserving tradition in scholarly communications”. This is the theme of the 39th annual meeting (starting this week) of the Society of Scholarly Publishing, and it’s an important, but often difficult topic for us to address.

Indeed change management is a vast subject, relating to organisational structures, technologies, individual personalities and whether change is voluntary or imposed. Whatever organisation we work in – we will experience the difficulties, and opportunities that change can bring. Scholarly publishing in particular suffers from stereotyping with regards to change. Publishing stays the same, books and journals are static and physical, academics are technology averse. But of course – this is not a true picture, scholarly publishing is evolving and changing rapidly. Earlier this year we held a panel discussion at the London Book Fair with Mark Johnson, Jason Hoyt and Tim Britton of PLOS, PeerJ and Springer Nature respectively to discuss revenue and content models of the future.  It quickly became clear that whether it’s the business model, editorial model, or the technology you use, the opportunities for innovation and change are varied, and publishers are embracing them!

This year at the SSP annual meeting we’ll be delving into a handful of more specific issues relating to change and the future of scholarly publishing. We hope you can join us.


Innovation in Scholarly Book Publishing – Wednesday 31st May, 12.30pm

  • Marcel Knochelmann, University College London
  • Melissanne Scheld, Publishers Communication Group
  • Andrew Preston, PUBLONS
  • Alison O’Connell, Aries Systems Corporation
  • Alex Humphreys, ITHAKA
  • John Hammersley, Overleaf
  • Martijn Roelandse, Springer Nature
  • Jasmin Lange, Brill

During this session speakers will provide an overview of infrastructure and some new author tools and services; discuss OA as a business model for books; review some key post-publication challenges such as including books in the researcher evaluation process; identify opportunities to improve recognition for peer review of books; and examine some new approaches to increasing discoverability and usage. A full synopsis can be found here.


Changes in Academic Book Publishing Models – Thursday 1 June 10.30am

  • Melissanne Scheld, Publishers Communication Group
  • Brigitte Shull, Cambridge University Press
  • Vivian Berghahn, Berghahn Books, Inc.
  • Katherine McCaffrey Stebbins, Harvard University
  • Richard Kobel, Scope eKnowledge Center

During this session, key stakeholders, including a researcher, a publisher, and a vendor, will share successes and failures. Dialogue between panellists and session attendees will help identify opportunities for further improvements to models to enhance discoverability, usage, citations, and ROI. Read more.


Degrees of Open-ness – Thursday 1 June 4:00pm

  • Fiona Carr, Ingenta
  • Patricia Feeney, Crossref
  • Daniella Lowenberg, University of California Curation Center
  • Eric Archambault, Science Metrix
  • Lucy Montgomery, Knowledge Unlatched Research/Curtin University

This exploratory and reflective session will consist of a short self-introduction by each panellist followed by a brief introduction to the main issues. The audience will then be invited to work in pairs to prepare questions for the panellists. A series of prepared topics for open panel discussion followed by pair work questions from the floor will form the second part of the session. Read the full synopsis.


Find Ingenta and PCG on booths #213 A and #211B respectively the SSP annual meeting.

Email mscheld@pcgplus.com or Fiona.carr@ingenta.com to book a meeting