PSP Guest Speakers

Event Overview

The PSP Journals Committee will be hearing from guest speaker Laura Harvey, Head of Publisher Relations at Publons on Tuesday, July 18th from 12:00-1:00pm (ET) via webinar.  Publons is the world's first and largest reviewer recognition platform. Their mission is to speed up research by harnessing the power of peer review. They allow researchers to track, verify and showcase their peer review and editorial activity. 

Learn more about Publons, what they offer to researchers and how they work with Publishers to:
- engage and motivate their reviewers
- enhance their author services
- provide tools and analytics for editors

The PSP Committee for Digital Innovation (CDI) will be hearing from guest speaker Christine Orr, Sales Director – North America at RINGGOLD on Wednesday, July 19th from 12:30-1:30pm at the HarperCollins/NY offices. Christine will discuss: Persistent Identifiers – The 5 things you need to know. The use of persistent identifiers - or PIDs - has become much more widespread in our industry, as the need to accurately define people, places, and things has become critical in all phases of the scholarly cycle. Ringgold explains the importance of PIDs and why you should be using them to your advantage whatever your role in scholarly communications. Case studies detailing implementations of PIDs will be showcased. 

The PSP Books Committee will be hearing from guest speaker Mary Anne Baynes, Chief Marketing Officer of Overleaf and Dr. John Hammersley, Co-founder and CEO of Overleaf on Friday, July 21st from 10:00-11:00am at the McGraw-Hill/NY offices.  How authoring tools are changing the landscape between author and publisher - sharing case studies from researchers, institutions and scholarly publishers who’ve used Overleaf to provide a broad understanding of how each segment is responding to the challenges and opportunities brought about by the rise of cloud-technology and new collaboration platforms.

The PSP Journals Committee will be hearing from guest speaker Donald Samulack, President, U.S. Operations at Editage to discuss Coalition for Responsible Publication Resources on Tuesday, September 12th  from 12:00-1:00pm at the Wolters Kluwer/NY offices. Don will focus on all things surrounding predatory and irresponsible conduct on the publishing landscape and describe the vision of the Coalition for Responsible Publication Resources (CRPR). We are at a turning point in scholarly publishing, not just figuratively, but literally! To date, we’ve framed that predatory publishing is a risk to the integrity of the scholarly literature, not only because of the trustworthiness of the published material, but because a journal could disappear overnight and useful scholarly works can be lost. Ironically, we have just witnessed the disappearance of one of our watchdog efforts—Beall’s List. This is a watershed moment for all things predatory to blossom, and needs to be an industry wake-up call for the need for reliable and sustainable resources to counter such activities. Irregular publication practices are not only in predatory publishing, but in irresponsible author services as well. This presentation will outline the main issues, define the threats, give perspective as to where we are, and showcase opportunities in moving forward.

The PSP Books Committee will be hearing from guest speaker Andrea Macaluso, Director, Outreach and Partnerships, North America at SpringerNature who will discuss OA Books on Friday, November 17th from 12:30-1:30pm at the McGraw-Hill/NY offices.

Sounds Interesting?

The guest speaker talk is free of charge but you will need to sign up as space is limited.  You can sign up to hear the talks in-person or via teleconference.  If you or a colleague wishes to attend, please contact Sara Pinto at and state whether you would like to attend in person or remotely.


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