Talking to the Elephant in the Room II. Changes in the Academic Publishing Process

Seminar Room, NH Berlin Mitte, Berlin, Germany

Building of NH Hotel Mitte at Leipziger Strasse 106 - 111

Pre-Conference Day - Monday, 27 January, 2014 (next Pre-Co Day - Monday, 19, January 2015)

Changes in the Academic Publishing Process


Organized by Bas Straub, Martijn Roelandse, Andreas ThoƟ, Felix Evert and Michael Dreusicke

Over the past years we have seen some changes within the academic publishing process. Changes that have caused some worry amongst the traditional publishers; are our business models under threat? On the other hand the worry hasn't been too great. Publishers have been feeling reasonably secure with their business models, built around a whole package of services. But we now see more and more initiatives that are changing the publishing process. Initiatives like portable peer-review, alternatives to publication hosting, start-ups like ResearchGate, ScienceOpen as well as enhanced author service providers are all trying to enter the market. We do not know yet what they will bring and whether they will survive or being sold like Mendeley in early 2013. The market decides.

The APE 2014 Pre-Conference Day has selected a few of these initiatives to present themselves including just as last year, lots of discussion. This Pre-Conference Day starts with some helicopter views.

Venue of the APE 20143 Pre-Conference Day:

NH Hotel Berlin Mitte
Leipziger Strasse 106 -111
10117 BERLIN, Germany





click preliminary program Pre-Conference Day: Status 20 January 2014

Doors open for Registration (Coffee, Tea & Snacks)


Breakfast Workshop


Publishers & their People - Adapting to the Future by Marc Carden


In this breakfast workshop, before the start of the APE 2014 Pre-Conference Day, we will be discussing how roles and careers are changing in response to the changes in the academic publishing process. This session will be valuable for publishing managers who are planning their resourcing and development programmes, and for individuals considering their future career trajectory. The workshop will be faciliated by Marc Carden from Mosaic Search & Selection, a recruiter, publishing consultant and occasional blogger, who has spoken at ASA, LBF, EASE/ISMTE and many other acronymous conferences.


Welcome & Opening

Bas Straub, PAUX Technologies, Berlin


I. Scholarly Publishing as seen by the Academic Community



How Science Thinks

Professor Dr. James E. Evans, Dept. of Sociology, University of Chicago


Abstract: "In the talk, I will explore how academic publishing reveals the state and change in science, scholarship and society; but also how publishing contributes to how science as an institution thinks - what it (collectively) attends to; how it combines elements together; what risks it takes; and what outcomes it optimizes. I will also examine some recent changes in the technology of publishing like the Internet and consider their influence on how science thinks. Finally, I will explore how insights into the influence of incentives and scientific publishing can be used to design better institutions ... and better science."


The Case of the missing Research Resources

Dr. Anita Bandrowski, Project Lead, Neuroscience Information Framework (UCSD), University of California at San Diego


The Funders will decide

Anthony Watkinson, CIBER Research Ltd., Newbury


Coffee & Tea and Networking


II. Analytics


The Impact Factor is no longer the only known and used metric for measuring research success. Some new initiatives:


Altmetrics in Practice: How are Publishers using them now? How should they use them?

Euan Adie, Founder of Altmetric, London


Do Altmetricswork work? (via Google Hangout)

Dr. Stefanie Haustein, EBSI - Université de Montreal


New Pathway for Scientometric Research at CWTS

Rodrigo Costas, Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Leiden


Buffet Lunch and Networking


III. Fragmentation of the Publishing Process: "New Kids on the Block"


We see that the 4 original functions of science publishing are (starting to) move away from being done exclusively by publishers. Are specialists, in part, taking over the role of the publishers?


Portable Peer-Review

Dr. Pete Binfield, Co-Founder and Publisher, PeerJ, San Francisco and London


A new Look at Peer-Review

Andrew Preston, Co-Founder and CEO, Publons, Wellington


The Opportunity between Labbook and Submission; helping Researchers become Authors

Benjamin Shaw, COO, Edanz Group Global Limited, Beijing


Old dogs with new tricks. Or How established Players can evolve in a Changing Marketplace

Dr. Ann Lawson, Senior Director, Publisher Relations and EBSCOAdvantage Europe, Oxford


Coffee & Tea & Networking


IV. The APE SoapBox: Discussion Time


Anybody can stand up, make a declaration on a topic which the (moderated) audience can react to. Amongst the people standing up will be: Arnoud de Kemp (APE 2014), Professor Dr. Alexander Grossmann (ScienceOpen), Dr. Andreas Thoss (Thoss Media) on the need for an independent standard for Peer Review, Michael Dreusicke (PAUX) on the Future is microcontent .... Max Haring on the trend towards rational publishing.




APE 2014 After Work Party: Going Dutch