It struck me at the STM Innovations meeting in London in December 2015 that I was watching a type of panel session I had seen before: speakers from a handful of “dotcoms” were arranged in front of the audience like contestants in a beauty pageant. They each had five minutes to convince the audience of their bona fides: how they were going to change the world, or at least improve the lives of our research authors.
This past January I was in Berlin for APE 2016 (“Academic Publishing in Europe”). I was both a keynote speaker, and a first time attendee. Several others have blogged summarizing the meeting (Kent Anderson of Caldera Publishing Solutions has two posts, on Day 1 and Day 2; Fiona Murphy of Maverick has blogged for ALPSP on the meeting). There was a lively twitter flow, under the hashtag #APE2016. It was an excellent meeting for looking at both challenges and opportunities out well into the future. The perspectives on challenges and opportunities are different in Europe from in the US – perhaps surprising because scholarship and publishing are so internationalized. I look forward to the presentation videos being posted! [Update: the videos are now posted to the APE2016 videos page.]
My keynote, “Friction in the Workflow: Where are we Generating More Heat than Light?”, covers a wide range of friction-producing challenges that researchers hit in moving through today’s researcher workflow: Continue reading
Is scholarly communication our goal, and scholarly publishing just the technology we use to accomplish this goal?
Industries should avoid being so identified with a technology that they can’t weather a transition. It is a wonder that scholarly publishing – a tradition-based or even –bound industry, many would say – made the transition from print to online. Some other industries had trouble enough with the “digital transition” that those industries were restructured: retailing, music, news, etc.
But it is important for scholarly publishing’s future that – just as it avoided being defined by a technology like “print” – it doesn’t get defined by a technique, or a business model, either. Continue reading