Wednesday 05 July 2017

How to Survive (and Thrive) in the Digital Universe - POSTPONED

This seminar has been postponed until further notice. Please contact if you have any questions

Venue: Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX (map)

Chair: Phill Jones, Director of Publisher Innovation, Digital Science

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The pace of change in scholarly communication technology is accelerating. In a relatively short period, digital publishing enabled the development of a new business model - open access - and it's only a few short years ago that article and alternative metrics appeared on the radar. Today, publishers and researchers are bombarded with a stream of new information technology breakthroughs which are developing out of the community but also increasingly feeding in from other industry sectors.  Open data and open science, collaborative technologies and networks, and a closer relationship between research information and research management are all currently emerging as important developmental areas. Whilst on the horizon, AI and the internet of things loom large with exciting but nebulous possibilities.

 These innovations constantly promise to disrupt and reform scholarly communication, so ...

  • How do we make sense of these changes as a publisher?
  • What are the things that we need to do now?
  • How can we learn from the past, what will the future hold and why should we care?
  • How do we tell which technologies are truly important and commercially viable? 

Join us for this seminar where we will ask and, hopefully, answer all of these questions.

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Who should attend?

This seminar is ideal for anyone working in and around the delivery, or consumption, of published content online - Product Managers, Product Owners, Heads of Strategy, Senior Publishing Managers, Commercial Managers and Librarians.

Programme and Speakers:

 speaker biographies 

09:15 Registration    
09:30 Keynote
Stephen Curry, Professor of Structural Biology, Imperial College London
As is true for many researchers of my generation – I started in the mid-1980s – the advent of the internet has had a profound effect on my work. On a superficial level, there are fewer trips to the library and many more emails to deal with. But digital technologies have also profoundly reshaped the practice of science, and I agree very much with James Burke’s assertion: “The main thing … is to remember that technology manufactures not gadgets, but social change.” In my talk, I will discuss some of the more important “gadgets” now available to scientists working within the digital universe, but will also try to reflect on how their uptake is influenced by and influencing the modern culture of research.
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10:15 Q&A  
10:30  Coffee break  
11:00 Collaboration in Research, Jan Reichelt, Mendeley  
 11:30 Collaboration and the Future of Research. How Overleaf helps 700,000 authors collaborate: case studies
John Hammersley, Overleaf 
Global research and collaboration continues to grow at an astonishing rate. Studies have s face of research communication. We will discuss these developments and share case studies from researchers, institutions and scholarly publishers who’ve used Overleaf – a cloud-based collaborative writing platform – to provide a broad understanding of how each segment of the scholarly publishing life cycle is responding to these new challenges.
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 11:45 The Creation, Structure, and Dissemination of a Data-Driven Article on Authorea
Nate Jenkins,
How research is disseminated has remained largely unchanged in format and scope since the birth of the scientific method. At Authorea we seek to foster reproducible research and breakthrough discoveries by improving how researchers write and share their findings.  In this talk, I will show how Authorea allows scientists to collaboratively write data-driven manuscripts on the web: articles that offer readers a dynamic, interactive experience with integrated text, images, data, and code–paving the road to increased data sharing, data reuse, research reproducibility, and open science.  
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12:00 Collaborative Writing to Seamless Publication
Matais Pipari,
Founder Manuscripts
12:15  Lunch break  
13:15 'Data, data, everywhere, nor any time to think'. The Data Deluge – Riding the Wave or Just Staying Afloat?
Keynote: Mark Thorley,
Big data, open data, data driven discovery - data seem to be everywhere and the answer to everything. But, like the Ancient Mariner, are data becoming the albatross around the neck of scholarly publishing? The collection, analysis and reporting of data has always been fundamental to the process of research. As we move further into the digital age, the relationship between data and research, and the scale of data is changing. Add in increasing expectations for the openness and reproducibility of research, and is it any surprise that some are wondering what they need to do to stay afloat? This talk will look at activities being undertaken to support data in the research process, highlighting areas on which publishers should focus.
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  New Published Objects  
14:00 Data2paper: Giving Researcher’s Credit for their Data,
Neil Jefferies, Bodleian Library, Data2paper
Publishing data and data papers increases the opportunities for citation, improves the reproducibility of science through the dissemination of methodological information, and also permits the release of negative results, thereby reducing repeat failures and increasing the efficiency of research resource utilization. Making the publication process as friction-free as possible incentivizes researchers to deposit their data in repositories and, through data papers, encourages and enables its sharing, verification and re-use. In addition, data papers themselves are, increasingly, first class research outputs. ‘Data2Paper’ is a ‘one-click’ process to streamline the data paper publication workflow. Metadata about a dataset (together with a link to the dataset) are transferred from any suitably configured data repository, via a cloud-based helper app which allows the addition of methodological detail (the body of the paper) and metadata editing, to a relevant publisher as a data paper submission.
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14:15 Simon Hodson, Dryad board andCODATA  
14:30 Q&A  
14:45 Coffee break  
  New Technologies of the Digital Academy  
15:05 The expanding role of publishers,
Joris van Rossum, Peerwith
Technology and new business models have changed the roles of publishers, and opened new possibilities to serve the research community in all aspects of the research cycle. For example, we have witnessed the emergence of pre- and post-publication author services, and tools and processes around article cascading. Joris van Rossum, who had a driving role in these innovations, explains how these tools and services can add to the commercial and strategic goals of publishers. He will also highlight how this relates to important trends and movements in scholarly communication, such as transparency, recognition and collaboration.  Joris van Rossum, Peerwith
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 15:20 Recognition, Trust, and Transparency in Peer Review
Andrew Preston
, Publons
The pace of change in scholarly publishing is accelerating, and so too are the risks and opportunities as new markets come online. Peer review in particular is facing the dual threats of reviewer fatigue and fraud. In this talk, Andrew Preston, co-founder of Publons, will outline the key issues publishers face today and describe how technology and networks can be used to mitigate them. He will give an overview of the initiatives Publons is undertaking to improve the quality and transparency of peer review, to expand and motivate the pool of available reviewers, and to connect reviewers with editors from its network of more than 1,500 partner journals.
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 15:35 Software to help authors check their own work before submitting
James Harwood, Director of 
Publisher’s Natural Language Processing ( has created a manuscript checking engine to analyze manuscripts and see if they meet journal requirements.Penelope is an author facing tool, built on top of this language engine, for authors to use before they submit to a journal. An author’s work is returned to them within a minute with comments, tailored to their target journal, as if checked by an editor.Penelope catches common mistakes like missing sections, legends or references. It can check for ethical declarations, double checks statistical calculations and encourages methodological integrity.A few journals have been piloting the author tool for the last few months. In this session, James will introduce PNLP and will present results from these pilots.
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15:50 Separating Observation from Narrative - Single Observation Publishing
Lawrence Rajendran, Founder Sciencematters AG ScienceMatters ( is the first platform for scientists to publish single observations and not fully developed stories. By eliminating the need to tell full stories, and favoring simple data-based observations over story-telling, we eliminate the current pressure to tell sexy stories. This also reduces the negative incentives associated with publishing in high-impact journals, namely to come up with data that must fit the big storyline, since it is this narrative pressure that in some unfortunate cases can lead to fraudulence. Therefore, ScienceMatters brings honesty and speed to scientific publishing and helps the science community to produce robust and better results. The platform is open access and allows scientists to get the unique opportunity to publish peer-reviewed single observations with the integration of cutting-edge social media features, thus engaging the community to provide post-publication review both by the experts and other scientists/readers.
ScienceMatters will thus incentivize honest science by:
- Single observations, data driven science and real-time publishing
- Lowering threshold for publishing
- Paid peer-review, short peer-reviewing process and fast dissemination of knowledge.
16:05  Finish with drinks reception and networking  

Registration fees (including lunch):

ALPSP Member: £209.00 excl VAT (£250.80 incl VAT @ 20%);
Academic: £235.00 excl VAT (£282.00 incl VAT @ 20%);
Non-Member: £347.00 excl VAT (£416.00 incl VAT @ 20%)
Payment may be made by credit/debit card or you may request an invoice.

Further information:

Please contact Sabia Morrison at or +44 (0)1442 864563


Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Wed 05 Jul 2017
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