A few weeks ago the FutureTDM poster travelled to Berlin to be shown during the APE conference organized by Academic Publishing in Europe (APE)

Publishing Ethics: Doing the Right Thing - Doing Things Right was this year’s topic for the two-day conference.

Already the 12th edition, it brought together an international audience of publishers, researchers, librarians, and others to discuss the Future of Scholarly Communication & Scientific Publishing.

The two main questions addressed during the many keynote and panel presentations were whether the industry is in good shape, and if Open Access 2020 is an achievable reality.

The organizing committee believed that the recent announcements by the European Commission as well as the Dutch and German Governments will have an accelerating effect on the transition process from traditional publishing to Open Access and Open Science and other forms of communication. Which is why there was a specific emphasis on the principles (ethics) of academic publishing.

Dr. Aalbersberg from Elsevier discussed in his keynote how to safeguard research integrity. He stated that the ultimate responsibility for the integrity of research and its associated publications lies with the individual researcher. However he also sees an important role for institutions, funders and journals in supporting and validating what are best practices in research that help improve integrity.

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Liz Ferguson chaired the panel on Open Access and OA2020 goals in which Dr. Schimmer, of the Max Planck Digital Library stated that the capacity for transforming the system towards OA2020 is building up consistently on all sides of the industry. He illustrated this by showing the new emerging ways of scholarly communication and new licensing models which are combining Open Access with more traditional subscription models.

The second day was partly devoted to the challenges for the publishing community including copyright challenges and an image problem. Or as Philip Carpenter in his presentation formulated ‘At core, we are an industry caught between needing to protect intellectual property rights and wanting to enable access’. His suggestion involves better communicating what publishers do to facilitate access to knowledge and support more research and discovery.

Finally, a recurring item was a feedback session for startups. This years pack of innovative tools and apps included Author services (Peerwith), collaborative reading (Paperhive), related articles (TrendMD), researcher collaboration (Trellis Science), data management (DaMaHub) and award management (Octorank). Some of these we will feature in our upcoming research, so stay tuned !

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The full program can be found online here

Recordings of the sessions are online now, here

The online coverage of the sessions can be found using the hashtag  #APE2017
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