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APE 2017: Publishing Ethics

17.-18. Januar 2017, Academic Publishing in Europe - Publishing Ethics: Doing the Right Thing –Doing Things Right, in Berlin (Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities)

Das Programm:

Day One - Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Arnoud de Kemp, APE 2017 Conference Chairman

Welcome and Opening: Dr. Michiel Kolman, Incoming President IPA, Geneva and SVP Elsevier, Amsterdam


•  Peer Review: Experimentation, Integrity and Complexities

    Rachel Burley, Publishing Director, BioMed Central and Springer Open, London

 Rachel Burley has responsibility for all of BioMed Central and SpringerOpen’s editorial and commercial activity. She joined Springer Nature in 2016.

Previously she was Vice President and Director of Open Access at Wiley, where she led the strategic planning and development of Wiley’s open access initiatives. Prior to that, she spent seven years at Nature Research, where she developed several new journals including Nature Methods and Nature Protocols.

•  IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, SVP Research Integrity, Elsevier, Amsterdam

•  Will Schweitzer, Director, Product, AAAS/Science, Washington, DC

•  Mirjam Curno, Council Member and Trustee of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics,  Editorial Director, Frontiers, Lausanne

Session 1: OA 2020 – An achievable Reality?

Chair: Liz Ferguson, Publishing Director, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford

Pressure is increasing to accelerate a transition to OA across Europe. In 2015, a Max Planck Digital Library white paper concluded that there is sufficient resource to support a large scale transformation to OA while maintaining the function of journals. Subsequently, the Berlin12 meeting announced OA2020 – an initiative to transform subscription-based scholarly publishing to open access now supported by more than 70 signatories. In 2016, the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science called for full open access for all publicly funded scientific publications by 2020. This session will outline progress made towards those goals, recent developments in policy and implementation, and explore impacts and outcomes for multiple stakeholders.

•  Dr. Dagmar Meyer, Policy Advisor, European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA), Brussels

•  Amanda Crowfoot, Director, Science Europe, Brussels


Session 2: Room at the Top – It’s Good for Business
Chair: Dr. Liz Marchant, Editorial Director, Taylor and Francis, Oxford

An Introduction and Structured Debate

It is known that more diverse companies and institutions are achieving better performance. We need the very best people to lead our industry, now and in the future, and currently the gender balance in the publishing industry is not reflected in the boardroom. This session explores the reasons why we have a the glass ceiling and, crucially, debates practical ways we can work as an industry, as organizations and as individuals to ensure the broadest, best talent flourishes and finds its way to the boardroom of the future.

• Dr. Patricia Gabaldon, Associate Professor, IE Business School, Madrid

• Gerlind Wallon, Dep. Director, EMBO, Heidelberg

•  Alice Meadows, Director, Community Engagement and Support, ORCID, Bethesda, MD


Session 3: How big is the Iceberg under the Sea?
Chair: Jan Velterop, Independent OA Accelerator and Blogger, Guildford, Surrey,

• PrePrints as a Compliment to our Journal System

   Dr. Jessica Polka, Director, ASAPbio, Cambridge, MA

Preprints are a rapidly growing form of communication in several disciplines, raising questions about how journals and preprint servers can productively coexist. ASAPbio is a researcher-driven project to promote the productive use of preprints in the life sciences; we hold the view that journals and preprint servers play complementary roles. I will discuss examples of journals piloting innovative policies and experiments to establish symbiotic relationships.

•  Time to say Goodbye to the Research Paper?
    Dr. Kaveh Bazargan, Director, River Valley Technologies, London

The method of communicating research has traditionally been the "research paper", published in a journal. It is time to re-examine this model and ask whether we need a different method of communicating research, in order to take advantage of the internet age. I propose an online system of communication that addresses many of the problems prevalent in the traditional system, including: low speed of communication; non-publication of negative results; plagiarism; and gender bias.

The system allows each stakeholder to do what they are good at or what interests them, in a collaborative way, and in addition it has the following advantages: direct and granular assessment of research by peers; recognition of any type of contribution, say data visualisation or reference gathering; and full version control showing the history and the source of each contribution. At any point a "journalist" or a publication can create a narrative of the research and publish it using any chosen business model.

•  How do we Measure the Iceberg? Analysing Online Activity beyond the Article

    Euan Adie, CEO, Altmetric, London

Publishers are increasingly turning to metrics to help them make data-driven decisions and inform future strategy. Scholarly and non-scholarly metrics for journal articles have now become the norm, with editorial teams using these insights to track trends, analyse reach and determine scope.

But what happens when you look beyond the article, to books, multimedia and other research outputs? How can you ensure your teams get the feedback they need and that your contributors are encouraged to engage and can demonstrate the value of their work?

In this session we’ll explore, how non-traditional metrics and the underlying activity they represent can be utilized to track the online engagement and interactions relating to these varied outputs. We will also demonstrate how publishers of all sizes and disciplines can

interpret and incorporate the data into existing workflows to increase author satisfaction, attract new talent, refine strategy, and drive sales.

The APE Lecture

Introduction: Dr. Bernd Pulverer, Chief Editor, The EMBO Journal, Head of Scientific Publications, EMBO Press, Heidelberg

•  Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet, London

Conference Dinner at the Restaurant 'Refugium'
(please note: on Invitation or separate registration - limited seating)

Day Two - Wednesday, 18January 2017 

Wake-up Session

Why are Publishers still obsessed with Print?
Introduction and Moderated by Richard Padley, Chairman, Semantico, Brighton

Session 4:: Innovation
Chair: Drs. Eefke Smit, Director, Standards and Technology, STM, The Hague

•  Are we Worshiping false Gods? The Journey from Excellence to Innovation.
    Melinda Kenneway, Executive Director, Kudos, Wheatley, Oxford

• • • • new Dotcoms to watch

This session is getting more and more popular every year. Come and listen to snapshot presentations of new smart apps and clever solutions that have just been launched. Presented by their founders or creators who have the ambition to improve scholarly communication through first class new technology and an unorthodox approach. An exciting line up of selected new initiatives is waiting for your attention.

Session 5:  Frontiers of Peer Review

Chair: Alice Meadows, Director of Community Engagement & Support, ORCID, Bethesda, MD

Introduction and Report from ‘Peer Review Week 2016’ including an overview of the scope, activities, and participants, as well as a look ahead to Peer Review Week 2017 and beyond

The Peere Project:

Peer review is a cornerstone of science. Its quality and efficiency depends on a complex, large-scale collaboration process, which is sensitive to motivations, incentives and institutional contexts. The PEERE Cost Action ( aims to improve efficiency, transparency and accountability of peer review through a trans-disciplinary, cross-sector collaboration that analyzes peer review in different scientific areas. It is also exploring the implications of different models of peer review and defining a joint research agenda that points to an evidence-based reform of peer review.Key factors in this process are the promotion of initiatives to institutionalize data-sharing between stakeholders, the establishment of standards to promote data-sharing in peer review that take account of potentially sensitive stakeholder data, the development of testing activities, and measures to monitor and evaluate the impact of new models of peer review.

This session presents a selection of talks by PEERE chairs and stakeholders dealing with the following topics:

•  Data Sharing on Peer Review in the PEERE Cost Action

    Prof. Dr. Flaminio Squazzoni, University Brescia and Prof. Dr. Francisco Grimaldo,     University Valencia

•  Increasing the Transparency of Peer Review in Conferences in Springer Nature    Aliaksandr Birukou, Senior Editor Computer Science, Springer, Heidelberg

•  Benefits of Data Sharing for Stakeholders in Improving Peer Review Process and    Recognizing Reviewers   
Dr. Bahar Mehmani, Reviewer Experience Lead, Elsevier, Amsterdam

•  Benefits of Data Sharing for Stakeholders in Maintaining Ethical Standards in Peer Review
Michael Willis, Senior Manager Peer Review, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford

Session 6: Is our Industry in Good Shape?

Chair: Robert C. Campbell, Program Committee APE 2017, Oxford

•  Jo McShea, VP & Lead Analyst, Outsell, London

•  Michael Mabe, CEO STM, The Hague/Oxford

•  Philip Carpenter, EVP Research, John Wiley and Sons, Oxford

Closing Panel:

‘The Scholarly Kitchen’ live in Berlin
What’s Hot and What’s Cooking in Scholarly Publishing?

Executive Editor: David Crotty, Editorial Director, Journals Policy, Oxford University Press, New York

Other Kitchen Chefs who are confirmed:

•  Kent Anderson, CEO, RedLink, Westborough, MA

•  Alice Meadows, Director of Community Engagement & Support, ORCID, Bethesda, MD

•  Ann Michael, President and Founder, Delta Think, Flourtown, PA


Useful information:

Program Committee:This program has been developed by a large international and interdisciplinary committee.

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