Future Shock Today: How AI Technologies will Change Scholarly Publishing

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
12 PM to
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
1:30 PM

Seminar Series on Selected Topics  in Digital Publishing

Seminar Series on Selected Topics in Digital Publishing:
Future Shock Today: How AI Technologies will Change Scholarly Publishing
Fall Semester
HarperCollins/NY Office
195 Broadway
New York, NY
Or via webinar

The PSP Committee for Digital Innovation (CDI) is introducing another Seminar Series on Selected Topics in Digital Publishing.  

From the realm of fantasy, technology once only dreamed of is becoming a real part of our daily lives. But advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) are also making important in-roads into serious scholarly and professional research and communication and are poised to change how scholarship is done. These changes will present challenges and opportunities to the scholarly and professional publishing community, affecting not only how such scholarship is created and disseminated, but also providing new tools and processes enabling publishers to work faster, smarter, and to better effect.  

Whether it's research and content creation drawing upon huge volumes of data, finding cutting edge authors and more efficiently evaluating content while speeding the publishing process, getting that content to the right consumers and even opening new markets, or the ability of AI technologies to amplify human intelligence and improve on current technologies, AI promises to bring about significant changes in professional and scholarly publishing.

This three-part seminar series will explore these topics and the practical aspects of the real applications of technologies that were once the stuff of science fiction.

Fall semester
Wednesday, September 20th – 12:00-1:30 pm
How Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Are Changing History
AI promises capabilities that are better and faster than humans when it comes to sorting massive volumes of data, running algorithms and performing routines.  In other words, it can view masses of data and make connections that would be impossible (or impractical) for humans.  Some topics we will explore are:

  • How will AI affect the content stream?
  • Is the content fundamentally different?
  • Will it change the definition of publishing?
  • Are we publishing results or models?

Matthew Connelly, Professor of History, Columbia University

Tuesday, October 17th – 12:00-1:30 pm
How AI Can Streamline the Peer Review Process
The volume of scientific publishing has mushroomed to more than 2 million articles per year, with manuscript submissions representing a multiple of that figure.  The resulting challenges to the established peer review system have prompted the adoption of editorial management systems that can speed up the processing of manuscripts from submission to review to publication. As these systems become more advanced, artificial intelligence may come to the fore as an important new element of the peer review process.  This seminar will address questions such as:

  • What functions should AI perform (and not perform)? 
  • How will authors change their submission strategies in the expectation that they will be judged by these systems? 
  • When and how might AI be able to identify “new knowledge”? 

Richard Wynne, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Aries Systems Corporation

Tuesday, November 14th – 12:00-1:30 pm
AI: Effects on Content Discoverability and the User Experience
Despite the wide availability of well-structured metadata and full-text indexing, discoverability remains an ongoing, even growing issue, for content in all formats and business models. Once a term in limited use outside of libraries, discoverability is becoming more widely recognized as a goal, a process and a benefit of participation in the scholarly record. In addition the emergence of intelligent assistants (e.g., chatbots) in consumer applications augurs changes in how researchers and other users will interact with scholarly research platforms.  As part of PSP’s series on AI technologies, this session will focus on how artificial intelligence is affecting the discoverability and use of professional and scholarly content.

  • How does AI make content more discoverable?
  • Will conversational intelligent assistants become the new intermediaries?
  • How can AI help publishers find new markets?

This session will cover the emerging role of AI for authors, publishers and librarians. The relative success of more traditional approaches to discoverability and how AI may impact those will be discussed, along with some basic and practical takeaways for publishers who wish to better understand their role in this new landscape.
Rick Misra, Product Manager, Science Direct
Ruth Pickering. Co-Founder and Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer. Yewno Inc.

To facilitate discussion and interaction, the number of attendees will be limited to 25 attendees in person.  We are also opening up the series as a webinar for those unable to travel to NYC for the course. 

Each 90-minute session, focusing on an important current issue in electronic publishing, will offer a 45-minute presentation followed by a 45-minute Q&A with discussion.  All sessions will run from 12:00 – 1:30 PM and a light lunch will be provided for those attending in person. 

These will be interactive sessions, so bring your questions for the panelists.

Registration Fees:
AAP Member: $100.00 (In person or via webinar – for all 3 sessions)
AAP Member: $50.00 (In person or via webinar – for one session only)
Non-Member: $150.00 (In person or via webinar – for all 3 sessions)
Non-Member: $70.00 (In person or via webinar – for one session only)