Ready or Not, Here it Comes: Social, Mobile, Agile, Global at SSP’s Conference

Lettie Conrad from SAGE’s Online Products Team making a presentation

By Nancy Loh, Associate Editor SAGE College Publishing

SAGE and CQ Press delved further into the mix of social media, technology, and scholarly publishing by attending the annual conference of the Society for Scholarly Publishing.  The theme of the conference was “Social, Mobile, Agile, Global: Are You Ready?” and it featured various panel discussions on the technologies that are transforming publishing as we know it.

Different from many of the conferences that revolve around academic fields, the SSP program emphasized topics like publishing platforms and solutions and mobile technology with a strong focus on STM (Scientific, Technical and Medical) publications. Attendees represented a range of industries including publishing (SAGE/CQ Press, Wiley-Blackwell, New England Journal of Medicine, Oxford University Press), associations (American Medical Association, American Anthropological Association), and tech companies (Microsoft, Silverchair Information Systems, Aptara).

One of our staff attended an interesting session entitled, “Chat with Librarians.” This session allowed attendees a great opportunity to pick the brains of several university librarians. The librarians rotated in in small groups for 10-minute sessions and attendees could ask any question they wanted. Some of the common questions included “What was your last major purchase and why did you make it?”, and “How many journals do you have in print right now?” One question our colleague asked was “What do publishers do that you hate?” The answer : Big deals that deny purchasing flexibility.  It was another great opportunity to talk to our customers.

Other sessions at SSP’s conference explored topics such as “Publishers! What are They Good For?”, the semantic web, open access publishing, and e-book standards. Our own Lettie Conrad also presented at a talk on discoverability, highlighting a white paper we commission earlier this year.

These conversations were just a starting point, and continue all year at the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s blog, The Scholarly Kitchen. Check it out to see the latest interesting discussion of “what’s hot and cooking in scholarly publishing.”

Stay tuned to our SAGE Connection blog as next week we’ll be unveiling an easy-to-use discoverability guide for researchers and scholars who want to publish articles that will get cited.

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