Full Program - Tuesday, 19 and Wednesday 20, January 2016


Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, Gendarmenplatz, Berlin, Germany

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All presentations will be recorded in HD video.


On Tuesday and Wednesday we meet at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Gendarmenmarkt, for the Full Conference Program. The APE 2016 Conference Program has been developed by a high level Program Committee offering a broad perspective varying from the principles (ethics) of academic publishing, reputation, reliable quality, reproducibility and the role of peer review, sustainability, funding, information infrastructure, open data, more dot.coms to watch, further projects to discover. The APE 2016 Lecture will be about academic publishing from the origins until today. The Closing Panel will be about the role of journals as keepers of research ethics (Policing Research or Research Police?). As usual there will be lots of time for discussions and meetings with friends and colleagues …


Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences,

Gendarmenmarkt, Markgrafenstr. 38, 10117 BERLIN

Restaurant Gendarmerie  for APE 2012  Dinner Conference


... and enjoy the conference dinner

The conference dinner at Tuesday night will be offered in 'Restaurant Refugium ', which is a very fine location under the French dome on Gendarmenmarkt.


Restaurant Refugium
Gendarmenmarkt 5
10117 BERLIN, Germany




click for program: Tuesday 19 January, 2016: Status 12 January 2016

Doors open for Registration (Coffee, Tea & Snacks)



Arnoud de Kemp, Conference Chairman


Opening and Chair:

Prof. Miachel Mabe, CEO, The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), The Hague/Oxford




Science as Social Machines

Prof. Dr. Barend Mons ,Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden


The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) should enable a ‘social machine’ approach to knowledge discovery, where machines and humans interactively reveal patterns in large, complex and interlinked data sets and where humans extract actionable knowledge from these patterns, feed the new knowledge back into the system and share this with other EOSC users (where possible in OA). Narrative articles will play a significantly different role in this system. In fact, narrative articles should become ‘supplementary’ to the published data, and explain in human readable language how things were done and why the conclusions were drawn. Continuous annotation of re-used data sets will also be a crucial feature of the EOSC. The novel mining technologies that are able to detect co-occurrences that are 'not seen before’ will break through closed models in any case and new platforms supporting social machines will be the core of modern science.


The Future of Scholarly Scientific Communication

Dr. Stuart Taylor, Publishing Director, Royal Society, London


An overview of the key themes to emerge from a four day conference, held at the Royal Society in Spring 2015, as part of the program to celebrate the 350th anniversary world's first science journal.


Friction in the Workflow: Where are we generating more Heat than Light?

John Sack, Associate Publisher and Founding Director,HighWire, Stanford


In twenty years of web-based scholarly publishing, we have done a lot of automation, but not so much transformation.  That is, the process of publishing is more efficient, but not very different. What are the barriers to further improvement, and ultimately to transformation?  Which barriers can be surmounted by technology, and which will require disciplines or norms to change?  Beyond the barriers, where are the opportunities?  Will formal scholarly communication need to depart the limits of scholarly publishing?


Access and Destinations: Navigating the Choices

Philippe Terheggen, Managing Director, Elsevier Journals, Amsterdam


The duality of access methods to trusted research content is discussed in terms of subscription content and open access. How much are both growing? Will the one overtake the other? What is or would enhancing a transition, and what is seen as current bottle necks? Access models define how access is given, yet let's also reflect what they give access to.


Open Access Transformation of Scientific Journal Publishing - Perspectives after Berlin 12

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pöschl, Director,Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz


The presentation will outline why and how the majority of scientific journals can and shall be transformed from subscription to open access publishing in the near future.


Buffet Lunch





Ulrich Korwitz, Director, Leibniz Information Center for Sife Sciences, Köln


The German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures - Status and Perspectives

Sabine Brünger-Weilandt, President and CEO, FIZ Karlsruhe, the Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen


In 2013, the German Joint Science Conference (GWK) decided  to  establish a national Council for Scientific Information  Infrastructures. It serves as an Advisory Council to the German  Federal Government (Bund) und to the Federal States (Länder), and its  mission is to work on recommendations related to the digital shift in  Science and Research. It aims at monitoring developments in the  national science system, across disciplines and institutions. The  German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures held its 
inaugural meeting in November 2014. The presentation will give an overview of outcomes from the Council´s first year and reflect on current developments.


Session: Wanted - an Infrastructure for Scholarly Communication

Chair: Alice Meadows, Director of Communications, ORCID, Bethesda, MD

Continuing growth in research outputs along with an increasingly complex scholarly communications ecosystem requires the support of a trusted, sustainable, and interoperable infrastructure. This requirement has brought the publishing community together to work with other stakeholders to add value by conceiving, creating, and implementing standards and persistent identifiers such as CrossRef, ORCID, Fundref and others.  Funders and research institutions - who together with publishers provide financial and other support for these sorts of initiatives - are increasingly aware of the value of these services, which improve discoverability and reduce reporting burdens. However, many researchers - those the scholarly publishing infrastructure is intended to support - are largely or entirely unaware of this infrastructure and the critical role they play in its definition and implementation.  What they see instead is a growing mountain of paperwork.


How can the scholarly community collaborate to demonstrate to ensure that researchers are aware of these innovations and of the benefits they deliver for them as well as for their organizations? This session brings together representatives from across the community to review progress and answer this question.


Ginny Hendricks, Director of Member and Community Outreach, CrossRef, Lynnfield, MA

Dr. Daniel Hook, Managing Director, Digital Science, London

Klaus Zinoecker, Strategy & Data Analysis, FWF Der Wissenschaftsfonds, Wien

Alicia Wise, Director of Access and Policy, Elsevier, Oxford

Matthias Razum, Head E-Science, FIZ Karlsruhe, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen


Coffee & Tea and Networking


Session: Money, Money, Money

Chair: Robert C. Campbell, Guest of Honour, Oxford


It's never about the Money

Kent Anderson, Caldera Publishing Solutions, Westborough, MA, USA


The funding of the scientific enterprise is a fundamental issue for researchers, libraries, publishers, and our civilization generally. Cuts in discovery science budgets combined with successful efforts to increase the number of trained scientists are creating major pressures on the system. This talk explores these trends, their impact on publishers, scientists, and progress, and explores the notion that some, if not all, current in-fighting in the sciences and publishing are actually fights about scarce resources.


Money for Nothing … and the Clicks are free

Ian Russell, CEO, Society for Endocrinology


Scientific research drives productivity and economic growth but the global economic downturn has placed increasing pressure on public sources of research funding.  Learned societies have a valuable role to play in influencing government policy to try to ensure that investment in research is maintained and we will discuss how they can best marshal and mobilize the resources at their disposal and what publishing partners, trade associations, and other umbrella organizations can do to assist.


Digital First: the Publisher's Value Proposition in an Age of Open Data and Reproducible Science

Todd Toler, VP, Digital Product Management, John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ


The first wave of digital publishing solved the customer problems of storage and convenient access to published works, but it merely put a digital lens over a print-based system.  The second wave will transform digital works into a connected, semantic knowledge graph of scientific discovery, an inter-connected web of machine readable research outputs.  Publishers will embrace digital first workflows as an opportunity to speed up and simplify their processes, re-engineering their value proposition for a world of digital dissemination first, print (on demand) second.  Authors will spend less time in the publisher’s production systems on “page proofing” and more time making sure links are in place, content is tagged properly, licenses are set up properly, and sources are represented as complete.  Funders will transition from talking about Open Access to talking about open science, open data, and open standards.



Dr. Herman P. Spruijt,Past President, International Publishers Association (IPA), Leersum


The APE Lecture

The History of Acdemic Publishing since 1500 up today

Prof. Dr. Klaus G. Saur ,Humboldt University, Berlin



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




click for program: Wednesday, 20 January 2016: Status 12 January 2016

Doors open (Coffee, Tea & Snacks)


Wake-up Session:

Can the 'Academic Sharing Economy' add Value to the Scholarly Ecosystem?

Introduced and moderated by Richard Padley, Chairman and CEO, Semantico, Brighton


The phenomenal growth of consumer platforms such as Uber, Airbnb and Lyft is well documented phenomenon, often cited as evidence of the power of disruptive innovation. While these businesses often exist on legal margins and self-identify as parts of the ‘sharing economy’ there is another sharing economy on the doorstep of academic publishing, namely Scholarly Collaboration Networks, or SCNs. These networks represent a departure from conventional modes of scientific collaboration and present publishers with a number of challenges. This panel discussion will examine the principal functions of SCNs and will attempt to decide whether they add or remove value from the scholarly ecosystem.



Kent Anderson, Caldera Publishing Solutions, Westborough, MA, USA

Charlie Rapple, Sales and Marketing Director and Co-Founder, Kudos, Oxford

Grace Baynes, Director of Business Operations and Policy, Open Research, Springer Nature, London

Dr. Hannfried von Hindenburg, Senior VP, Global Communications, Elsevier, Amsterdam




Moderated by Drs. Eefke Smit, Director, Standards and Technology, STM, The Hague


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.



Publons.com: Andrew R. H. Preston, Founder, Publons, London/Wellington

Dryad.org: Meredith Morovati, Executive Director, Dryad, Durham, NC

Zapnito.com: Emma Green, Strategic Development Director, Zapnito, London

Bookmetrix.com: Dr. Martijn Roelandse, Manager, Publishing Innovation, Springer Nature, Dordrecht

Overleaf.com: Dr. Phill Jones, Head of Publisher Outreah, Digital Science, London



Coffee & Tea and Networking


Session: Policies and Reputation

Chair: Dr. Anke Beck, President Publishing, De Gruyter, Berlin



Open Access Policies in Europe: an Overview of Science Europe Members

Stephan Kuster, Head of Policy Affairs, Science Europe, Brussels


Recent years have seen a host of public research organisation, including Universities, Research Funding Organisations (RFOs), Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) and others, adopt policies on Open Access publishing.  

This presentation will focus on features and trends of OA polices among the subset of publicly funded RFOs and RPOs who are members of Science Europe. The presentation will attempt to put these in the context of recent development in European research policy. As a particular example of a collective approaches to setting policy standards, a closer look at the ‘Science Europe Principles on Open Access to Research Publications’ (click here for PDF) will be provided.


Reputation: New Ways of Building, Showcasing and Measuring Scholarly Reputation in the Digital Age

Prof. Dr. David Nicholas, CIBER Research Ltd., Newbury


The main currency for the scholar is not power, as it is for the politician, or wealth, as it is for the businessman, but reputation. However, reputation has for a very long time mainly been built around just one scholarly activity (research), one output of that activity (publication in high-impact factor journals) and on one measurement of that output (citations). If anything, the practice has become more endemic in a highly competitive, transparent, global digital environment. Such a narrow view of reputation marginalises all the other scholarly activities and skews scholarship, but it has served publishers well, although it looks like it’s all about to-change. Open Science 2.0 disruptive technologies are giving rise to new ways of working, new ‘actors’, new formats for conducting/disseminating scholarship and more comprehensive ways of measuring reputation. This paper provides the highlights of research conducted for the European Commission into how emerging reputation mechanisms and platforms are transforming the scholarly scene.


Buffet Lunch



Where Does the Buck Stop? Research Ethics and Publishing


Statements from the Discussion Panel:

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

Dr. Peter Gölitz, Editor-in-Chief, "Angewandte Chemie", Wiley-VCH, Weinheim

Ian Russell, CEO, Society for Endocrinology, Bristol

Anne Kitson, Executive Vice President for Health & Medical Science Publishing, Elsevier, Oxford

Richard Van Noorden, Deputy News Editor, Nature, Springer Nature, London

Chris Graf, Co-Vice Chair, COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics), Norfolk, UK

Louise Page, Publisher, PLOS (Public Library of Science), San Francisco


The rate of scientific malpractice in academic research is apparently rising across subject areas, geographies, and types of positions. This has led to an increasing number of corrections and retractions in the published literature. While this is undoubtedly partially due to increased scrutiny and tighter policing, it is also likely spurred on by the increased pressures of research assessment, leading to a ‘publish or perish’ approach to information sharing. At the same time, in certain areas of research, including the social sciences and biology, the reproducibility of published research is in question. Altogether, these developments risk undermining trust in the reliability of the peer reviewed literature.



Policing Science or Science Police? An Open Discussion on the Role of Journals in Research Ethics (Questions and Comments from Participants are encouraged: info@ape2016.eu)

Moderated by Dr. Bernd Pulverer, Chief Editor, Head of Scientific Publications, The EMBO Jounal, Heidelberg


The Discussion Panel will explore how journals and publishers can implement reliable quality assurance mechanisms before publication and how they can deal with malpractice effectively. The panel will also ask how far journals can and should go to fulfil the role of guardians of scientific integrity and quality assurance. Such a role will be compared and contrasted with that of senior investigators, research institutions and funders, and dependencies between these stakeholders debated. We will pose the question how to resource such functions and if there is a need for independent entities that assist in investigations.


Coffee & Tea and Softdrinks


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