Publish or Perish? The Future of Academic Publishing and Careers


February 13 – 14, 2013

UC Davis, Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room (2nd floor)

Scholarly publishing is in a bit of turmoil.  This upheaval impacts not only the dissemination of knowledge but also the assessment of scholars (and thus their careers).  For two days in February 2014 at UC Davis we will cover some of the key changes in scholarly publishing with a focus on how they impact the careers of academics.  Some key details of the meeting are summarized below:

* Sessions topics will focus on changes occurring in scholarly publishing (in journal publishing, other forms of digital publishing, peer review, and economics of publishing) and on changes in assessment (alt metrics, assessment by   institutions, and new models for evaluating scholars).

* Each session of the meeting will include a mix of a keynote talk, short talks, and a panel discussion by leading experts in the field.  Ample time will be provided for discussions and networking as well.

* In addition, at the end of Day 1 there will be a special Keynote talk by Yochai Benkler from Harvard University on “Open Access, Cooperation, and Commons: The (Uncertain) Retreat of Possessive Individualism in Networked  Society,” followed by a reception.

* This meeting is organized by the UC Davis Innovating Communication in Scholarship (ICIS) Project, which is a collaboration between Mario Biagioli (UC Davis School of Law), Mackenzie Smith (University Librarian, UC Davis) and  Jonathan Eisen (UC Davis Genome Center).  The project is funded by UC Davis IFHA (Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities and the Arts) Program, with additional support from UCD’s Center for Science and Innovation Studies, the Mellon Digital Cultures Initiative, the Provost Forum on the Future of the Public University, and the School of Law.



Session Topics and Confirmed Speakers/Panel Participants

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 – Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room (2nd floor).

The changing nature of the journal

*   Heather JosephSPARC

*   John R. InglisCSHL Press and BioRXiv

*   Chris Kelty, UCLA

*   Gregory Gordon, SSRN

New forms of digital publishing

*   Carly StrasserCalifornia Digital Library

*   Carl BoetigerrOpenSci

*   Eric Kansa, Alexandria Archive InstituteOpen Context

Innovations in peer review

*   Victoria Stoden, Stanford University

*   Ivan OranskyRetraction WatchMedpage Today

*   Emily Ford, Portland State University

Keynote talk (jointly hosted by the UC Davis Provost’s Forum on the Future of the Public University)

*   Yochai Benkler, Harvard University “Open Access, Cooperation, and Commons: The (Uncertain) Retreat of Possessive Individualism in Networked Society”

Reception and Social

FEBRUARY 14, 2014 Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room (2nd floor)

Keynote talk

*   Diane HarleyCSHE & UC Berkeley

Changing economics of publishing

*   Greg Tananbaum, ScholarNext

*   Peter Binfield, PeerJ

*   Alison Fish, UC Davis

Metrics for assessing scholars and scholarship

*   Jason PriemImpact Story

*   Molly McCarthy, UC Davis Humanities Institute

*   Nettie Lagace, NISO

*   Kay ThaneyMozilla Science Foundation

*   Anurag Acharya, Google Scholar

Assessment by institutions

*   Sarah Greene, Rapid Science

*   Mary Maxon, LBNL

*   Kim Shauman, UC Davis

*   Linda Katehi, Chancellor of UC Davis

Wrap up and Bonus Lightning talk session

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