Over the next few months, The Scholarly Kitchen is hitting the road. The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) our host organization, has been stepping up their outreach and cooperativity efforts with other organizations, resulting in opportunities for us to bring the Kitchen conversation to new venues.

First up is the Frankfurt Book Fair, where we’re hosting a free breakfast and a pair of sessions the morning of October 10, from 8:45 AM to 11 AM. We’ll start with a panel discussion from The Scholarly Kitchen Chefs, which I’ve themed, “The Great Acceleration” — I’ve asked our panelists not just what’s happening in scholarly communications, but what’s happening at an increasingly fast pace. I’ll be your moderator and we’ll hear from Todd Carpenter, Michael Clarke, Angela Cochran, Robert Harington, and Roger Schonfeld.

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This will be followed by a session put together by Adrian Stanley and Heather Staines, the “Global Excellence and Diversity Showcase”, which will feature representatives from Latin America, Asia and Africa — regions that are often overshadowed in today’s Western dominated media/ecosystem — who will highlight success stories from their communities in the areas of authorship, publishing and metrics, innovation, and outreach.

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In November, we’re hosting the second instance of our Webinar series for 2018. For the last few years, we’ve stuck with the theme, “The Future of…”, and on November 6, from 12 PM to 1 PM US East Coast Time, we’ll be talking about “The Future of Publisher Independence in a Consolidated Scholarly Ecosystem:

Scale and consolidation are the driving forces in today’s scholarly publishing ecosystem. Mergers and acquisitions are happening at an ever-increasing pace as the largest of publishers grow larger. Key pieces of publishing infrastructure and promising new startups are being purchased and integrated with the offerings of the largest commercial players. What does this mean for the independent scholarly publisher, the research society with journals, and the university press? Can one remain independent while relying on competitors for mission-critical services? How will libraries cope with “Big Deals” growing even bigger and reaching into every aspect of the research workflow? Join us for a conversation on the future of independence.

Angela Cochran will moderate the discussion, and panelists will be Chefs Alison Mudditt and Lisa Hinchliffe, joined by guest Brian Hole from Ubiquity Press. Registration info can be found here.

We will be hosting a panel the very next day at the Charleston Library Conference. On November 7, from 4:40 PM to 5:25 PM, you can “Chat Live with the Chefs” in one of the Neapolitan sessions in Grand Ballroom 1 of the Gaillard Center. I’ll be moderating again, and Chef panelists include Lettie Conrad, Joe Esposito, Robert Harington, Lisa Hinchliffe, Judy Luther, Alice Meadows, Ann Michael and Roger Schonfeld.

We’re looking forward to these chances to meet face-to-face (or at least via webinar), and to talk directly to you. Please do mark your calendars and come with questions that we can do our best to answer.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.