APE 2019
Academic Publishing
in Europe Nr. 14
or Pipelines?
Where is the Value in
Scholarly Communications?

APE 2019 Full Conference:
15-16 January 2019 Berlin

SSP Pre-Conference:
14 January 2019 Berlin


SSP Pre-Conference: Bringing Value in Academic Publishing: Practical Solutions for Thriving in a Changing Environment

Monday, 14 January 2019


Doors open
09:00 - 10:00

Coffee, Tea (You can order Breakfast in the restaurant until 10 AM)
Hotel NH Collection Berlin Mitte at Checkpoint Charlie, Leipziger Strasse 106-111, 10117 Berlin - Conference Rooms Frederick (ground floor / parterre)

10:00 - 10:05

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Melanie Dolecheck, Executive Director, SSP

10:05 - 11:00

Keynote Address
**What a Difference a Decade Makes: Digital Innovation at SAGE


  • Martha Sedgwick, Associate Vice President, Product Innovation at SAGE Publishing

What does it take to set up an organization for innovation? How do you decide which opportunities to pursue? Martha Sedgwick, Associate Vice President, Product Innovation at SAGE Publishing will share lessons learned from the journey of online innovation at SAGE, from variations on existing platforms to launching new types of content, to expanding into new technologies with big data and technologies for teaching and learning.

11:00 - 11:15

Morning break (coffee/tea)

11:15 - 12:30

Panel Discussion
Case Studies: Developing Solutions Grounded in User Needs

How do we ensure our innovative solutions meet the needs of stakeholders in the academic publishing space? And what does this process look like in different organizations? Our speakers will present the processes they used to develop new offerings to meet today’s challenges and share how they keep the user front-and-centre.


  • Heather Staines, Director Business Development, Hypothes.is


  • Vanessa Fairhurst, Community Outreach Manager, Crossref
  • Sara Grimme, Director, Strategic Accounts, Digital Science
  • Jason Colman, Director of Michigan Publishing Services, University of Michigan Library

12:30 -14:00

Lunch & Networking

14:00 - 15:30

Identifying User Problems and Value Driven Solutions

To bring value to scholarly publishing, our offerings and solutions must meet a need and solve a problem. There are many product development tools to help organizations identify problems to solve and validate the usefulness of a solution, while keeping the user at the centre. Attendees will select from current, impactful topics in scholarly communications and use a value proposition canvas to identify user problems and explore potential solutions.

• Peer review
• Online user experience
• Editorial processes
• Search and discovery
• Accessibility
• Access to content and access control
• Publishing ethics
• Research data management
• Preprints
• Open data
• Plan S compliance


  • Angela Cochran, Associate Publisher and Journals Director for the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Stephanie Decouvelaere, Product Manager, SAGE Publishing
  • Vanessa Fairhurst, Community Outreach Manager, Crossref
  • Lauren Kane, Chief Strategy and Operating Officer, BioOne
  • Alice Meadows, Director of Communications, ORCID
  • Ann Michael, CEO, Delta Think
  • Heather Staines, Director Business Development, Hypothes.is
  • Greg Suprock, Head of Solutions Architecture, Apex CoVantage

15:30 - 15:45

Afternoon break (coffee/tea)


Panel Discussion:
Overcoming Blind Spots: Keeping our Perspectives Open

Different users and different organizations have different needs. At the same time, ensuring we serve the specific needs (e.g. access difficulties) of some users is beneficial for all. How can we put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our practice, so that no-one is overlooked? Our speakers will address specific needs from a variety of perspectives (e.g. users with disabilities, researchers, librarians, and publishers in emerging economies) and suggest how we can establish practices to take these into account.

  • Philip Shaw, Executive Managing Editor, SAGE Publishing
  • Bill Kasdorf, Principal, Kasdorf & Associates, LLC
  • Koen Vermeir, Member, Global Young Academy and Associate Research Professor at the French National Centre for Scientific Research
  • Anne Powell, Programme Specialist, Convening, NASP


Closing Remarks/Adjourn