Editor’s Note: Today’s post is by Lori Carlin, Tim Lloyd, and Emily Farrell, the three co-chairs of the SSP Annual Meeting Program Committee.

The Society for Scholarly Publishing’s 45th Annual Meeting will be held May 31 – June 2, 2023, and there’s still time to submit your proposal!

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The deadline for Educational Session proposals is Friday, November 11. Submissions for the Posters and 5-minute Previews Sessions are now open, too. Poster proposals can be submitted through January 27, 2023, and Preview Session proposals can be submitted through February 3, 2023.

The 2023 meeting theme is Transformation, Trust, and Transparency. The pace of change in our industry continues unabated, with seismic shifts in areas such as the dissemination of research, business models, and the nature of the workplace. And yet, while pressure for change has become the new normal, fundamental change has proved more elusive. We invite you to join us in highlighting the Trust and Transparency issues that underlie many of the challenges we face and exploring what it takes to create more meaningful Transformation in scholarly publishing.

As always, the SSP community continues to focus on bringing together academics, funders, librarians, publishers, service providers, technologists, and countless others with a communal interest and stake in disseminating scholarly information. We look to the 45th Annual Meeting as an opportunity to continue this tradition and welcome all colleagues and community stakeholders, old and new.

We encourage anyone who is involved in publishing or scholarly communication in any capacity to submit a proposal. The SSP Annual Meeting has a very wide scope, including all aspects of book and journal publishing from organizations of all types, perspectives from libraries and academia and those who serve them, discussion of fields from medicine to humanities, and a focus on sharing new knowledge.

When working on your submissions (and feel free to submit multiple proposals!), please consider these descriptions:

  • Educational sessions: Educational sessions are designed for multiple speakers to present a specific topic that will benefit SSP attendees. Successful proposals will include concrete plans for interactivity, the inclusion of new voices, a diverse panel (with respect to gender, race, background, organization type, subject area), and clear learning objectives for the audience. Educational session time slots will likely be offered in varying lengths of 60, 75, and 90 minutes. Educational session proposals are being accepted through November 11, 2022.
  • Industry Breakout Sessions:  These 30 minute sessions offer value by means of education, information, or professional development to attendees. Organizers may share information about a product or service, but sessions will be most effective if they present case studies/use cases, customer testimonials, timely information about industry issues, best practices, innovative solutions to everyday challenges, roundtable discussions, etc. If accepted, fees will apply. Industry Breakout session proposals are being accepted throughJanuary 6, 2023.
  • Posters: Poster presentations provide an opportunity to discuss focused topics and projects in a dedicated space and time slot. Posters will be displayed and will allow time for interaction with interested attendees. Poster proposals are being accepted through January 27, 2023.
  • 5-minute Preview sessions: Brief, back-to-back presentations showcasing new products, platforms, and/or content from publishers and vendors. Preview session proposals are being accepted through February 3, 2023.

Detailed submission guidelines are available online. If you have any questions, please send them to tracy.mitchell@conferencedirect.com.

We are grateful to Ex Ordo for their sponsorship of SSP’s proposal submission system! Visit our 45th Annual Meeting site for submission guidelines as well for more information on Poster and Preview Session submissions.

PLEASE NOTE: Draft submissions without substantive content that are not completed within 24 hours may be automatically removed by the system. We strongly recommend that you include a preliminary abstract within your draft submissions to prevent this.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Lori Carlin

Lori Carlin is Chief Commercial Officer and Senior Consultant at Delta Think, and has held numerous positions in scholarly communications throughout her career, mainly focused on business strategy, market research, and customer engagement. She is currently serving as co-chair of the SSP Annual Meeting Program Committee.

Tim Lloyd

Tim Lloyd is founder and CEO of LibLynx, a company providing Identity, Access, and Analytics solutions for publishers and libraries. He is a member of the SeamlessAccess Governance committee and co-chair of their Outreach committee, and serves on a COUNTER working group exploring reporting on usage of Open Access and unpaywalled content. He previously spent over a decade in a variety of product development and operational roles in publishing.

Emily Farrell

Emily Farrell is the Library Partnerships & Sales Lead at the MIT Press, where she works with libraries on ensuring access to digital content. Before the MIT Press, Emily worked in both sales and as an acquisitions editor for linguistics. She holds a PhD in sociolinguistics from Macquarie University, Sydney, and serves on the board of the non-profit legal services organization UnLocal, as well as the Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library.

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