Day 1 February 1, 2017


Opening Keynote Speaker:
Is There Life After Journals?

Vitek Tracz, Chairman & Founder, F1000 Group


Plenary #1:
Scholarly Collaboration Networks

The scholarly publishing industry is working to adapt to researcher needs and behaviors relating to article sharing technologies and communities. Large-scale digital networks create opportunities for greater exposure and utility of scholarly research papers. But they also potentially enable an end-around of copyrights and traditional subscriptions. Can publishers and researchers collaborate to find a common ground that works for both?


Fred Dylla, Executive Director Emeritus, American Institute of Physics

Catherine Holland, Business Development Manager, Publishing, Digital Science


Laurence Bianchini, COO of MyScienceWork & Independent Consultant, MyScienceWork / Consultant

Gregory J. Gordon “Gregg”, Managing Director, SSRN

Erin Lavik, Professor of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Chantelle Rijs, Business Development Manager, Frontiers

Sarah Tegen, Vice President, Global Editorial & Author Services, Journals Publishing Group, American Chemical Society


Cocktail Reception
(Dinner on Your Own)

Day 2 February 2, 2017


Continental Breakfast


Plenary #2:
Lessons from Subscriptions Trends
Subscription revenues continue to face pressure in the form of flat institutional budgets and other challenges. What do current trends in subscriptions indicate, and what have major publishers done to prepare for the future? This session will begin with a presentation of industry-wide subscription data, followed by a roundtable among key leaders from scholarly publishers sharing their views on the trajectory of subscriptions.


Thane Kerner, President & CEO, Silverchair Information Systems


David Celano, Director, Institutional Licensing, AAAS

Brian D. Crawford, President, Publications Division, American Chemical Society

Jay Flynn, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Research Publishing, Wiley


PSP Business Meeting (PSP Member Companies Only)
PSP Budget, Goals, and Plans for FY 2017–2018
Presentation of New Executive Council Officers for 2017-2018


Networking Break


Symposium topic #1:
Community-Driven Revenues: Beyond Traditional Membership
As revenue growth in traditional content sales slows (or reverses), publishers are increasingly looking to other revenue lines to generate new opportunities. Membership is the classic model of community-based revenue, but as new kinds of online communities emerge, what business models are available? The panelists will present new tools and concepts for creating value through social connection.


Joy Moore, Advisor, Zapnito


Joshua Freeman, Founding General Manager, Trellis & Senior Adviser, Multi-Media Strategies, AAAS, Trellis/AAAS

Phillip Kalantzis Cope, Chief Social Scientist, Common Ground Research Networks

Roy Kaufman, Managing Director, New Ventures, CCC

Symposium topic #1:
The Changing Face of MetricsMetrics for measuring impact of research are a rapidly evolving part of scholarly publishing. Journal impact factor and citation counts are becoming ever-more controversial as measures of impact, while the scholarly research community debates the validity and use of the variety of other metrics, especially those designed to measure individual articles’ impact, that continue to be introduced.

In addition to questioning the validity of various metrics, critics charge that academic institutions misuse and over-emphasize metrics and that a more balanced scorecard should be used to measure scholars’ output for hiring, promotion, tenure, and funding decisions.

This panel will explore the evolution of traditional and alternative metrics through the eyes of scholars, institutions, publishers, and funders, and discuss these fundamental questions:

  • What impact – positive or negative – are metrics having on scholars’ research?
  • What impact are metrics having on where scholars choose to publish?
  • How might the growth of open access publishing affect use of metrics?
  • What roles are publishers playing in the changing metrics landscape?
  • What impact are initiatives like DORA (The Declaration on Research Assessment) having on the changing landscape of metrics?
  • What roles are funders playing in supporting or inhibiting new approaches to metrics?


Lee Greenhouse, President, Greenhouse Associates, Inc


Jeremy Berg, Editor-in-Chief, Science, AAAS

Iain Craig, Director, Market & Publishing Analytics, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Sara Rouhi​, Director of Business Development, North America​, Altmetric LLP​

Cassidy Sugimoto, Associate Professor, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Bloomington


PROSE Awards Luncheon(Tweet live at the luncheon #PROSEAwards)


Networking Break


Symposium topic #1:
Dueling Data Repositories This session will provide an overview and multiple perspectives on the emerging landscape of data repositories, such as Zenodo (CERN data repository), Dryad, Figshare, as well as university-based options. Panelists from the publishing, repository, and researcher perspectives will discuss how different repositories work, and how such a distributed system can be made to work for everyone. Can multiple solutions be reconciled to create comprehensive discoverability and access for all?

The session will start with an overview of data options and mandates, followed by sample experiences of publishers and researchers in dealing with this emerging issue.


David Crotty, Editorial Director, Journals Policy, Oxford University Press


Patricia Knezek, Senior Advisor, National Science Foundation

Jennifer Lin, Director of Product Management, CrossRef

Howard Silver, Head of Data and Specialized Services, MIT Libraries, MIT

Symposium topic #2:
Transparency in Peer ReviewOver the past several years a number of publications have tested different approaches to peer review with the aim of making the process more open and transparent. This session features speakers from representative journals and organizations that have experimented with ‘open’ review to discuss the rationale for their approach, the process, results, and lessons learned along the way.


Selene Carey, Director, Medical Publishing, Wolters Kluwer, Health, Learning, Research & Practice


Andy Collings, Executive Editor, eLife

Eric Hall, Product Director, PRE (Peer Review Evaluation), AAAS

Bahar Mehmani, Reviewer Experience Lead, Global Publishing Development, Elsevier

Michaela Torkar, Publishing Director, F1000


Networking Break


Plenary #3:
The Challenge (and Promise) of Open Access Books: Enhancing Discovery and Measuring Impact

The aim of making books openly accessible is to distribute knowledge more widely and more equitably, yet as this new paradigm emerges serious concerns are already being raised about sustainability. The growth of OA book programs and pilots–at nonprofits such as the University of California Press, the University of Michigan Press, and Knowledge Unlatched, and at commercial publishers such as Palgrave Macmillan and Routledge, among others–has highlighted a number of challenges, among them business models, funding, discovery in libraries and in content aggregations. And the emergence of this promising yet nascent movement raises of host of related questions: What impact are OA titles having on the role of print? How can a publisher measure the impact of an OA book? Panelists representing a cross-section of the scholarly communication landscape will respond to these issues based on their own hands-on experience developing and disseminating open access books.


Richard Brown, Director, Georgetown University Press


Andrea Macaluso, Director, Outreach and Partnerships, North America, SpringerNature

Alison Mudditt, Director, University of California Press

Charles Watkinson, Director, University of Michigan Press and Associate University Librarian, Publishing, University of Michigan Library, University of Michigan

Michael Zeoli, VP Content Development & Publisher Relations, GOBI Library Solutions (YBP Library Services)


Cocktail Reception
(Dinner on Your Own)

Day 3 February 3, 2017


Continental Breakfast


Plenary #4:
Pirated Content — Why do they go there?

A discussion about the morality, technology and accessibility using pirated scholarly content sites

Too many researchers with access to much of the content they need through their host-institution subscriptions are using pirated sites. What can publishers do to improve user access to multi-publisher content? What can publishers, hosting vendors, librarians, and institutional cyber security staff do, either alone or together, to improve secure access, and mobile and off-site authentication? Relatedly, what can publishers and librarians do to convince researchers that there is value in protecting intellectual property and the consequences of using stolen content to the scholarly ecosystem?


Elizabeth Nolan, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Publishing Officer, The Optical Society (OSA)


Sandra Aistars, Clinical Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

Richard Brown, Director, Georgetown University Press

Edward L. Sanchez, Head, Library Information Technology, Marquette University

Chris Shillum, Vice President of Platform and Data Integration, Elsevier


Networking Break


Plenary #5:
The Innovators!

PSP is pleased to present the 5th edition of the Innovators. Darrell W. Gunter will present four companies that are breaking new ground in digital and scholarly publishing.


Darrell W. Gunter, President & CEO, Gunter Media Group, Inc.


Kent R. Anderson, CEO, RedLink and RedLink Network

Peter Burnhill, ISG Director of Business and Innovation (& Interim Director EDINA), University of Edinburgh

Paul Kudlow, Co-Founder, CEO. TrendMD

Dan Whaley, Founder & CEO,