The Future of Academic Publishing: An Interactive Discussion on Developments in Scholarly Communication

Seminar Room, NH Berlin Mitte, Berlin, Germany

Building of NH Hotel Mitte at Leipziger Strasse 106 - 111

Pre-Conference Day - Monday, 19 January, 2015

Education and Training Course in Publishing


Organized by Bas Straub (Konvertus, Haarlem), Anthony Watkinson (CIBER Research, Newbury), Martijn Roelandse (Springer, Dordrecht) and Rasjel van der Holst (IOS Press, Amsterdam) with associates.


Open Access has changed a lot within scholarly publishing. One thing that is often overlooked is the fact, that it required academia to become much more actively involved in the publishing process. This has created both a new way of thinking around publishing as well as a number of very interesting start-ups. The APE 2015 Pre-Conference Day will look at the "What is Next" for our industry.


Venue of the APE 2015 Pre-Conference Day:

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


Special rates available for trainees, students and groups. Please apply at




click program Pre-Conference Day: Status 10 January 2015

Doors open for Registration (Coffee, Tea & Snacks)


Welcome and Opening

Bas Straub, Managing Director, Konvertus, Haarlem



Times are changing: between Owning and Sharing

The next Paradigm Shift?

Wim van der Stelt, Vice President Publishing Strategy, Springer, Doetinchem


Enabled by technology the economy changes from an ownership to a sharing model. People in cities share their cars, their homes and their private life.
This sharing economy does not restrict itself to things people own: everything people have access to, be it legally or illegally, will be shared, if we like it or not.

The existing economic systems have a tendency to fight this trends under the ownership (copyright!) paradigm, but consumers are not interested in or even aware of these restrictions. So what will be next: allow everything to be shared endlessly for free?


STM publishers will need to accept this new thinking and adapt both business models and added value for their services. Publishing is a service to the author more than anything else, and the industry is shifting into that direction.

I will discuss the impact of all this on a couple of issues in our industry like (open) access, TDM, social sharing networks, MOOCs (more to come?).


Coffee & Tea and Networking


Panel: What does the Client want?

Moderated by Anthony Watkinson, CIBER Research, Newbury


A scientific publisher has a number of clients: librarians, researchers, editors and authors. Representatives from these stakeholder groups share their views on what we could do different.


Prof. Dr. Michael Seadle, Director, Institute for Library and Information Science, Humboldt University zu Berlin
Dr. Ursula Stanek, Head, Coordination of Acquisitions, Collection Development, State Library, Berlin
Dr. Christian Schulz, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Cellular Biochemistry, University Medical Cente, Göttingen



Buffet Lunch and Networking



Open Source

Moderated by Bas Straub, Konvertus, Haarlem


1. Open Journal System

Dulip Whitanage, University of Heidelberg and Božana Bokan, Free University of Berlin


2. Semantico

Richard Padley, Semantico, Brighton


3. Authorea

Nate Jenkins, Authorea, New York


4. Self-Publishing within Academia

Christian Damke, Open Publishing, Munich



Coffee & Tea & Networking



New Developments

Moderated by Martijn Roelandse, Springer, Dordrecht


1. ForeCite: Crowd-sourcing Citation Suggestions, without asking the Crowd

Brian Bishop, Co-founder, ForeCite Ltd., London


2. ScienceOpen

Alexander Grossmann, ScienceOpen, Berlin


3. Challenges in OA Pblishing

Shu-Kun LIn, Founder MDPI AG, Basel


4. An Active Author in Publishing: LaTeX Case

Mirek Sheibak, VTeX, Vilnius




Moderated by Bas Straub, Konvertus, Haarlem, and Rasjel van der Holst, IOS Press, Amsterdam


After Work Party (Going Dutch)


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