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Connecting with our Audience: SSP 2019 Recap

In May, the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) held its 41st annual meeting in San Diego. The meeting always provides an excellent opportunity to learn in-depth about issues affecting scholarly publishing, upcoming trends and products and meet current and prospective customers. In every regard, this year’s meeting was a tremendous success.

The theme for this year was “Shaping the New Status Quo: Global Perspectives in Scholarly Publishing”. Dr. Mariamawit Yeshak, a researcher from Addis Ababa University, effectively framed the sessions and conversations to come with her eye-opening keynote “Scholarly Publishing in Africa: Impact Factor vs. Societal Impact.” Her talk encouraged the audience to rethink how the influence of published research can be quantified and valued. In many ways, it was a continuation of last year’s address by Dr. Safiya Noble’s keynote on putting a commitment to greater diversity into action and daily practice.

Of course, Plan S was a topic of conversation in and outside of the SSP sessions. Many of our clients have publishers pondering the future consequences of Plan S and its ramifications.  A session addressing Plan S and how Humanities Publishing might accommodate the initiative was a highlight of the meeting. The concept of “subscribe to open” outlined a fascinating and promising approach.

As a provider of publisher services, our personal highlight of this and every meeting is the opportunity to meet with current and prospective clients as well as our vendor partners. 2019 is an exciting year for Allen Press Scholarly Publisher Services, as we implement our new partnership with Silverchair and team with Aries Systems as our exclusive peer review provider. Both of these initiatives were popular topics in the exhibition hall.