ISMTE 2018 Conference

The 11th European ISMTE conference takes place on 8th November at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Kensington, London.

The event is set to champion to theme of expertise in the publishing industry, with presentation sessions being led by innovators and deeply experienced professionals, as well as drawing from the extensive experience of ISMTE member delegates in a series of discussion sessions.

In this post, we give you a run down of the content of the sessions and what attendees will have to look forward to in just over a month’s time.

Registration is open now, with Early Bird tickets ending on 12th October. 

Visit the website here, and read on below!

Trends and Innovations in Pre-Prints
In the first session of the conference we will hear about current trends in PrePrints; discussing the rapid rise in popularity of this form of science communication, the innovative ways in which platforms are developing and being implemented, and what it might all mean for editorial office staff.

Centre for Open Science will be here to profile the activity they have seen around the use of the 20 preprint servers hosted on their platform and Mate Palfy, Community Manager of PreLights will speak to us about how The Company of Biologists have engaged their community to develop their overlay journal.

How can the Humanities and Social Sciences follow the pace of Open Access in STEM?
“For the first time at an ISMTE event we will feature a session devoted to the Arts, Humanities and

Aimee Nixon

Social Sciences, looking at the way open access is developing within academia and the publishing
industry. Martin Paul Eve (Birkbeck University, London) will discuss alternative business models and the difficulties of open access within the AHSS space. Aimee Nixon (Emerald) will discuss the ways in which Emerald Group have been developing their open access strategies to better serve the AHSS community. Eleonora Belfiore (Loughborough University) will address how ‘impact’ has

Eleonora Belfiore

been viewed as a proxy for quality and value of HSS research and its implications for public funding (as well as the issues concerned with evidencing such impact). She will also discuss the equality and diversity issues that come from research quality assessment processes such as those involved in REF planning.

Editorial Case study session
In this session, delegates will be prompted to discuss case studies of common, but not necessarily clear-cut problems and debate suitable resolutions. Situations which may be posed for debate might be dealing with special issues, changes in submission rates and backlogs, or complications in editorial board meetings.

Conference proceedings – how we can transform conferences into a real ‘academic currency’
In our second never-before-seen topic, Nicholas Rowe (University of Lapland) will deliver a talk discussing his research into conference proceedings, asking how the publishing industry and academia can support each other to transform conferences into a real ‘academic currency’? His talk will provide motivational insights into the potentially untapped academic values of conference-related posters, presentations and proceedings.

Nicholas Rowe

Improving processes in editorial offices. Educational development
Nick Rushby will bring his 39 years’ of journal editing experience to a session which will discuss how many of the techniques that are used in business to improve quality could be applied to scholarly journals to improve those processes that are under the editor’s control. Improving quality involves a number of steps: Identifying the Key Quality indicators (KQIs) that determine quality for your customers; Documenting your procedures; Doing what you say you will do; Monitoring the KQIs and continually reviewing the procedures to improve quality. This can lead to a beneficial re-examination of the relationships between the different participants (actors) in the publication system. This session will introduce the ISMTE online resource on journal quality and examine how editors (in all subject disciplines) can maintain and improve the quality of their journals by adopting a systematic approach to quality improvement.

Blockchain & Peer Review
In this session, Siobhan Aldridge (Taylor & Francis) will address the mechanics of blockchain and how it will work in assisting the peer review process. Siobhan will introduce us to the Blockchain for Peer Review project, who is involved and what tools, resources or outputs will be produced from it, and who they will be for. This session will give a welcome insight into the world of blockchain solutions that might benefit both large publishers, small, independent publishers, and the peer review process in general.

Peer review & the Blockchain – Katalysis

Peer review discussion session

The session will focus on what a better system of reviewing might look like.  Conference delegates will be asked to offer definitions of peer review, contribute their own interpretations of the strengths and weaknesses of current forms, highlight areas they feel are essential to the core purposes of reviewing, and discuss recommendations for better practices and reformed processes.

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