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Publishers working together – lessons from a global pandemic

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Publishers working together – lessons from a global pandemic

Join us on July 8, 2020 for a roundtable discussion about the changes the COVID-19 pandemic has enacted within the STM industry, the impact it has had on cross-publisher collaboration, what lessons have been learned and plans for the future.

In response to the current pandemic, a group of  publishers and scholarly communication organizations came together to ensure research related to COVID-19 is reviewed and published as quickly as possible. They produced an Open Letter of Intent encouraging academics to sign up to a reviewer database, authors to use preprint servers, and calling other publishers to join the initiative as well as supporting through open data and encouraging preprints.

Join us on July 8, 2020 at 4pm BST for a Q&A roundtable on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cross-publisher collaboration, the benefits of having key research reviewed and published as quickly possible, as well as plans for the future. 

  • Is large-scale collaboration among publishers and organizations sustainable for the long term? 

  • What are the main constraints and how can we overcome these challenges? 

The changes this pandemic has precipitated within the STM industry will hopefully turn out to be long-lasting, and push the ideas of Open Science and the boundaries of collaboration to the forefront of all publishers' minds.

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Lori Carlin (Delta Think, @LoriCarlin)

Lori Carlin, Chief Commercial Officer at Delta Think,  is a leader in customer insight, market research, marketing strategy, and digital product development. She is adept at implementing customer insight methodologies and building effective marketing strategies focused on publishing programs and products as well member and community engagement and development, and has helped many professional societies and corporations develop and deliver products and services that best meet and exceed customer needs. She has developed de novo marketing programs and teams and successfully led projects in product development and launch, branding and rebranding, and strategic planning. Lori is also certified in Pragmatic Marketing and a recognized expert in various market research interview techniques including ethnographic research. As CCO, Lori is responsible for business development/new business opportunities and partnerships, as well as corporate marketing and corporate communications for Delta Think.

Prior to joining Delta Think in 2013, she held senior positions in publishing and membership management at American Institute of Physics, American Thoracic Society, and Society of Nuclear Medicine. She is also very active in the publishing industry, serving as current SSP Annual Meeting Co-Chair, former SSP Board Member, former SSP Branding Task Force Co-Chair, and ASAE Marketing Council member, and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

Sarah Greaves (Hindawi, @SarahGreaves18)

Sarah has over 20 years of experience within STM editorial and publishing. She was originally an academic researcher, completing her PhD at the MRC-Laboratory of Molecular Biology, before joining the editorial team at Nature Cell Biology in 1999. After 4 years working within editorial she moved into the Nature publishing team and was the Publisher for Nature for many years. During her time at Nature Publishing Group (now Springer Nature) Sarah also launched the first Nature branded title with an Open Access option, Nature Communications, and subsequently launched Scientific Reports. Throughout her career, she has focused on creating innovative new products and services aimed at solving key researcher pain points whilst ensuring the academic scientist remains at the heart of any publishing decision.

As Chief Publishing Officer of Hindawi she has been committed to putting the researcher at the heart of Hindawi and working with them to deliver Open Science for their communities; developing relationships pre and post publication with data repositories and preprint servers, whilst introducing new Editorial models across many Hindawi titles. Sarah is involved in numerous STEM outreach initiatives and is currently a volunteer with both InToUniversity and STEM Ambassadors.

Phil Hurst (The Royal Society, @philc_hurst)

Phil is Publisher at the Royal Society. He has over 25 years of experience in the publishing industry with both commercial publishers and learned societies. At Current Science he was a Senior Editor on electronic products. Later at the Royal Society he successfully transitioned the journals and peer review online. He has launched both subscription and open access journals including Royal Society Open Science. 

He leads on open science initiatives such as open peer review, open data and preprints. In the editorial sphere he is responsible for the Society portfolio of journals including publishing service, ethical issues and diversity.

Joerg Heber (Plos, @joergheber)

Joerg is the Editorial Director, PLOS, and Editor-in-Chief of PLOS ONE. He studied physics at the University of Erlangen. Having obtained a PhD in Semiconductor Physics from Imperial College London in 2000, Joerg went on to postdoctoral positions at Bell Laboratories and the University of Marburg. In 2005 he joined what is now Springer Nature as a manuscript editor at Nature Materials, and moved on to Nature Communications in 2012. Having held several managerial positions there, he became the journal’s Executive Editor in 2015. In 2016, Joerg was appointed PLOS ONE’s Editor-in-Chief, and in 2020 he became PLOS’ Editorial Director with editorial responsibility extending across the journals portfolio.

Pete Binfield, (PeerJ, @p_binfield)

Pete is a co-founder, together with Jason Hoyt, of PeerJ (https://www.peerj.com). He has 25 years of experience in the publishing industry having worked at Institute of Physics Publishing, Kluwer Academic, Springer, SAGE Publications and then PLOS, where he ran PLOS ONE until 2012. He has served on the Board of OASPA and has been involved in various initiatives in open access.

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