SSP London: A New Opportunity for Cross-Stakeholder Discussion About the Industry’s Necessary Evolution - Digital Science
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"A few weeks ago, I helped organise the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s (SSP) inaugural London event in Covent Garden. The rooftop bar provided the perfect location for attendees to gather for drinks, nibbles, and a chance to hear Liz Allen, Director of Strategic Initiatives at F1000, speak about the changes we’re seeing – and need to see – in the scholarly communications landscape. Her presentation was provocative and informative, and it stimulated a lot of questions – both immediately, from the audience, and afterward about whether the industry is moving quickly enough to support the rapid changes in what researchers require.
Liz has a rare perspective, having moved from funding (Head of Evaluation at the Wellcome Trust) to one of the newer publishing platforms (F1000). She is also involved in such initiatives as the CASRAI CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) Programme, ORCID, and Crossref, and as such was able to bring a challenging, multi-stakeholder view of the evolution of research and new models of publishing.
Just some of the issues she touched on, and questions she raised, included:
That there is a need for more stakeholder collaboration: Despite the fact that publishers, funders, researchers, and institutions all want to ensure that research is conducted as well and as efficiently as possible, there has been relatively little collective work to further this joint goal. Liz said that one of the things that struck her most after joining F1000 was how little publishers tend to interact with funders. Happily, there seems to be an increasing number of multi-stakeholder initiatives, which may reflect the complexity of the issues being addressed...."