APE (Academic Publishing in Europe) 2018 « Publishing 2020: Ramping up Relevance », 16-17 January 2018, Berlin [conference report]

« For one of Europe’s most important gathering on scholarly communication, ‘Academic Publishing in Europe’, more than 250 delegates gathered in Berlin from 16 to 17 January 2018 (pre-conference 15 January). Since 2006, the conference series has addressed key challenges facing the community, particularly pertaining to technological innovation and business models.

Publishing 2020: Ramping up relevance’ was the focus in 2018, and the notion of ramping up relevance led to the re-affirmation of the key themes that have characterised the conference series, and made it valuable to the stakeholders’ present:

  • Open access; and particularly funder demands for more progress on the transition to open access publishing by national deals to enable the so-called ‘flipping’ of the business model to avoid ‘double-dipping’ by publishers when collecting subscription fees plus article processing charges.
  • Content’ versus ‘data’ as an unresolved issue for many publishers that seemingly remain undecided as to whether they should keep prioritizing the peer review and publication of content or, else, focus on providing a platform capable of creating value from data.
  • Looming new technological challenges associated with the blockchain and the rise of machine learning that likely will challenge academic publishing despite the industry being an early adopter of digital technologies (…) »