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With so many changes affecting scholarly publishing, how can new and experienced authors ensure their research is captured by quality journals in a highly discoverable and accessible way? The publishing team at SGM organised the Future of Publishing session at SGM’s 2014 conference in order to explore these questions.
To share some of the knowledge that was imparted and the debates that arose from the session, we have outlined the structure of the event below and have created a Storify board, including the Twitter activity which can be found here: storify.com/PublishingSGM/future-of-publishing-2014
The current Chair of SGM’s Publishing Committee, Colin Harwood, chaired the session and opened by introducing the panel. Aharon Oheren kicked off the presentations with an introduction to current practices in journal publishing. He described the role of the editor and what happens to your paper after it is submitted, suggested what authors should consider before submitting their paper and discussed different models of peer review, both old and new. He also advised authors on how to handle rejection and the best way to deal with negative reviews.
Paul Hoskisson then explored some of the new methods for communicating research, including social media, as well as new journal models including open access and mega journals. He also considered how altmetrics could be used to measure the impact of science over current methods. He finished by encouraging the audience to take opportunities to influence change in academic publishing.
Leighton Chipperfield then rounded off the presentations by providing a brief summary of innovation in publishing at SGM, including the recent addition of ORCID IDs (have you got yours?). He also explored how semantics are making material more dicoverable and how, as publishers, we’re moving away from traditional publishing models to truly managing knowledge.
The discussion was followed by a Q&A with the whole panel.
Session Co-ordinators: Parita Patel, Product Manager (email@example.com) and Sally Hawkins, Digital Projects Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Session hashtag: #SGMFoP