APE 2020
Academic Publishing
in Europe Nr. 15
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Venue: APE 2020 Full Conference > Leibniz Hall

Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Special Entrance: Gendarmenmarkt, Markgrafenstrasse 38, Berlin Mitte

DAY ONE: Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Doors open

Please note: Special entrance Markgrafenstrasse 38 opposite Concert House:

Coffee, Tea & Breakfast Snacks


  • A very short Welcome,
    Arnoud de Kemp, Founder & Chairman APE Conferences

  • Welcome and Opening,
    Prof.Dr. Günter Ziegler, President, Free University of Berlin


  • Chair: Eric Merkel-Sobotta, Vice President External Affairs and Communications, De Gruyter, Berlin

  • Open Science and Open Scholarship. Will Europe lead the Change?
    Prof.Dr. Jean-Claude Burgelman, Advisor - Open Access Envoy, European Commission, Brussels

The question if yes or no the future of scholarship is open, is largely rhetorical. The future of scholarship is open as it is the way science should be done in the 21st century. Moreover Europe has the leading ‘’science industry’’, the critical mass of scientists and even the policies needed – like the ones advocated by the EU - to be in pole position to lead the open scholarship disruption science is living now.
The question however if Europe will lead this disruption, is not rhetorical. In fact the answer may be very much open….
Europe has indeed a rich history in being first in key innovations that shaped the digital world, but missing out in capitalising on them. European scientists are e.g. at the basis of what the web is, but the top 20 list of internet companies today does not mention European companies.
Will the same happen in open scholarship? How to make sure it doesn’t? Or does?
And if not, does it matter?

  • The World of Research: its evolving Needs, Challenges, and Diversity of Views
    Kumsal Bayazit, CEO, Elsevier, London

As a newcomer Kumsal Bayazit will share her observations about the dynamic world of Research including its evolving needs, challenges, and diversity of views on how to progress. She will look forward to the future, exploring the possibilities to support Research communities collaboratively as they work on solving Grand Challenges to advance society.

  • The QUEST Center in Berlin – a Laboratory for Behavior Change in Academic Biomedicine
    Prof.Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl, Director, Department of Experimental Neurology, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin

Internationally there is growing concern about the robustness, reproducibility and transparency of biomedical research. Consequently there is a world wide quest to reduce waste and increase value in biomedical research. Since 2017, the QUEST (Quality-Ethics-Open-Science-Translation) Center at the Berlin Institute of Health aims at maximizing the quality, reproducibility, generalizability, and validity of Europe’s largest university hospital and school (Charité) and a large biomedical research institute (Max Delbrück Center). To create an awareness of the need to rethink biomedical research and to initiate and sustain culture change in academic biomedicine, with a team of dedicated experts and specialists, QUEST is conducting large scale behavior change interventions. In my talk I will demonstrate the feasibility of systematically implementing and validating structured measures to improve the quality and value of translational research in academic biomedicine.


Lunch & Networking


Value in the Research Cycle - a stronger Role for Funders?

Scholarly communication has value when measuring research impact. Funders want to know that the research they fund has had impact and are increasingly contributing to the cost of dissemination, investing in widening access to the outcomes of research. Whether a commercial publisher, a University Press or a Society publisher, publishing costs money. There is value in the careful selection of content for a particular purpose, ensuring it adheres to ethical standards, in the formatting for it to be read or used effectively, in the dissemination to those who want to read or use it as well as in the infrastructure that exists to enable this all to happen. Finally there is value in archiving content, in making sure the research record is maintained and available over time. The technology investment is extensive as is the staff and supplier cost. This session explores different aspects of how enhance the value in the funding and publishing of research.

  • Chair: Dr. Dagmar Meyer, Policy Adviser, European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA), Brussels

  • Evaluator – Paymaster – Regulator – Driver of Change ? The Role of Research Funders in the 21st Century
    Marc Schiltz, President, Science Euope, Brussels

As the research system is undergoing a profound transformation, the role of Research Funders is also evolving. For a long time, their role was mostly confined to evaluating project proposals and distributing funds accordingly. But in more recent times, funders have become more interventionists, setting expectations and standards in areas such as research integrity, ethical norms, diversity and inclusion, public outreach, open science and research culture (reward and incentive system). Public Research Funders are in a special position, midway between the public (whose money they are entrusted with) and the research community (whom they aspire to serve). Plan S illustrates this: funders felt it necessary to make a bold step in order to end the anomaly of paywalled research outputs. In doing so, they are driven by their duty of care for the good functioning of the science system, as well as by their fiduciary responsibility for the proper usage of the public funds that they are entrusted with.

  • Tackling the Pain Points in Funding and Publishing Workflows
    Gabriela Mejias, Engagement Lead. Europe, ORCID, Berlin

Tracking and understanding the impact of research is important to funders, publishers, and researchers. But the process of doing so is full of pain points -- from the time it takes to apply for a grant and report on it, to the often poor data quality of the information being collected, and the challenge of keeping track of researchers and their research over time. The ORCID Funder Working Group recently analyzed these pain points and published their recommendations for using persistent identifiers to help address these challenges. In this talk, you will learn more about persistent identifiers for researchers, publications, and grants and about what each stakeholder group can do to reduce the burden and improve the transparency of the process -- from applying for a grant to publishing the research results -- with a particular emphasis on the challenges and opportunities for publishers.

  • Communicating Value: Price Transparency in Scholarly Communication
    Alicia Wise, Director, Information Power, Winchester

This Keynote will launch of the outputs from a cOAlition S sponsored project to help make the nature and prices of OA publishing services more transparent, and to enable conversations and comparisons that will build confidence amongst customers that prices are fair and reasonable. Publishers, funders and libraries have contributed to the development of a framework for these communications. Implementing this framework provides an opportunity to ensure researchers are clear about the services they receive as authors, and that librarians are clear about the services they, and their authors and readers, receive. It provides a new way for publishers to communicate what they do, and potentially to build trust.There are opportunities for new services or tools that can be built over the framework to provide insight for customers, and to demonstrate that authors and librarians feel they are receiving value for money.


Session 1: Catalysts of Change - Why SDGs are important for Innovation and Scholarly Communication?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for everyone. Science, technology and innovation agendas across Europe and worldwide, are being aligned to prioritize sustainable development. These include a clear focus on strengthening the research infrastructures and opportunities for specific research to support implementation and better policies for achieving SDG targets.  The SDGs form the framework for policies across Europe and beyond. Universities and research organizations are increasingly adopting SDGs. How should publishers respond?

This session explores how these trends will effect science policy and how publishers should and can contribute to reaching 2030 targets.  

  • Chair: Dr. Michiel Kolman, Elsevier Senior Vice President, Information Industry Relations; Presidential Envoy Diversity & Inclusion, International Publishers Association (IPA)  

  • Scientist and Connection to UN Perspective and Agenda
    Prof Eeva Furman, Director, Environmental Policy Centre, SYKE, Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki

  • European Academic and Research Perspective
    Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, The Lancet, London

  • Publisher's Perspective
    Dr. Elisa De Ranieri, Editor in Chief, Nature Communications, Nature Research, London


Coffee, Tea & Snacks


Session 2: DEAL with it! Transformative Agreements shaping the Way we do Business

  • Chair: Dr. Ralf Schimmer, Director, Scientific Information Provision, Max Planck Digital Libray, Munich

Embraced by funders, research institutions, publishers and learned societies, Transformative Agreements are having massive impact in transitioning today’s scholarly journals from closed to open. The Projekt DEAL agreement with Wiley — and the one on the way with Springer Nature — are the largest such agreements to date and, as such, have demanded not only a culture change within their respective organizations and participating communities but significant investment in turning processes and workflows to face the open access future of scholarly publishing. Stakeholders in the DEAL agreements will share key insights learned so far, as they have prepared and led their organizations in successfully dealing with some of the practical and cultural challenges that characterize this transition.

  • The Approach and Structure behind the DEALs
    Prof.Dr. Horst Hippler, Speaker of Projekt DEAL & Dr. Frank Sander, Managing Director MPDL Services GmbH

  • The Wiley DEAL
    Dr. Guido F. Herrmann, Managing Director, Research, Wiley, Weinheim

  • The Springer Nature DEAL
    Dagmar Laging, Vice President Institutional Sales Europe, Springer Nature, Heidelberg


Panel: The Road to Open Access, are we on the same Journey? Competing Visions, Competing Priorities.

We all care about scholarly communication and we want research articles read by as many people as possible. The move to open access is happening but too slowly many would say, hence Plan S. Many researchers wish to publish in the Journals of their community irrespective of business model. With commitments to serve those in the publicly-funded research sector as well as those who are not, how do we overcome the barriers that prevent opening up access to research in a future-proofed way? This panel asks a range of stakeholders for their proposals for achieving a successful journey to open access for everyone world-wide.

  • Moderator: Kent Anderson, Editor of 'The Geyser', Founder of Caldera Publishing Solutions, Westborough, MA

  • Annie Callanan, CEO, Academic Publishing Division, Taylor & Francis Group, Abingdon

  • Alicia Wise, Director, Information Power, Winchester

  • Peter Berkery, Executive Director, Association of University Presses (AUPresses), New York

  • Dr. G.-Jürgen Hogrefe, CEO, Hogrefe Publishing Group, Göttingen


The APE Lecture

  • Introduction: Prof.Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl, Director, Department of Experimental Neurology, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin

  • 150 years of Nature. Celebrating a century and a half of research and its influence
    Magdalena Skipper, Editor-in-Chief, Nature, London


Conference Dinner in the ‘Refugium'.

A great Banquet with regional food and excellent German white and red wines, under the French Dome Church at Gendarmenmarkt. Since years one of the highlights of the APE Conferences.

Please note: On invitation only or with Ticket. Very imited Seating!

DAY TWO: Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Doors open

Coffee, Tea & Breakfast Snacks


Session 3: Our Wake-up Session

**Wake up – watch out, who is being watched. Science, Ethics and the Publisher's Role.

Eefke Smit talks with Ed Gerstner (Editorial Strategy, Nature, London) about Surveillance Research


Session 4: Driving Research Data: announcing 2020 as STM’s Research Data Year

STM is announcing the launch of STM’s 2020 Research Data Year, dedicated to the publisher’s take-up of SHARE- LINK- CITE Research Data. Publishers can play a pivotal role in enabling research data to be made available, linked to publications, and being cited properly – and help give researchers recognition for sharing their data. A round table of experienced publishers in this area will discuss effective ways to do this, and some of the lessons learned, to share good practice with other publishers.
STM is rolling out an action plan to get more publishers on board during 2020.

  • Chair: Drs. Eefke Smit, Director, Standards and Technology, The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), Amsterdam

  • Grace Baynes, VP, Research Data and New Product Developmnt, Springer Nature, London

  • Chris Graf, Director, Research Integrity, Wiley, Oxford

  • Dr. Joris van Rossum, Research Data Director, STM Association, The Hague

  • Niamh O'Connor, Chief Publishing Officer, PLoS, London


Coffee, Tea & Snacks


Session 5: How does Open Science impact Libraries?

  • Introduction and Moderation:
    Prof.Dr. Andreas Degkwitz, Director, Humboldt University Library, Berlin and Dr. Rafael Ball, Director, ETH Libraries, Zurich

For hundreds of years libraries have been the main source of printed information and literature for their users. As people around the globe are connected via the Internet to a widely digitized body of knowledge, the role the library plays within the academic community has seen profound change. The library tasks of information provisioning now include new tasks such as training and new skills acquisition in use of new media and services as well as supporting the production and the distribution of research results (Open Access, Open Data, Open Methodologies, Open Source). The patterns of digital research are interaction, collaboration, multimedia and networking. At the same time these are features of Open Science. Libraries have to exploit increasingly the digital potential of the Internet and the new media. They must enable more interaction and collaboration with researchers. Do we see these new patterns in libraries? Are libraries facilitating open science? How do we have to design the tasks and roles of librarians and researchers in open science scenarios? To answer these questions we would like to host a Panel discussion of expert librarians.


  • Dominic Tate, Head, Library Research Support, Libary & University Collections, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof.Dr. Wolfram Horstmann, Director, Göttingen State and University Library
  • Jeanette Frey, President of LIBER and Director of the Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire, Lausanne
  • Reinhard Altenhöner, Permanent Representative of the Director General, The State Library, Berlin
  • Rachael Kotarski, Head of Research Intrastructure Services, British Library, London


Lunch & Networking

13:30 – 15:00

Session 6: Openness in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The limited funds available for payment of APCs compared to STM areas has restricted the amount of engagement with open access in AHSS areas. However this session will highlight the growing interest in other open areas such as sharing data, tools, preprints as well as text and data mining activities across arts, humanities and social sciences.

  • Chair: Matthew Cannon, Head of Open Research, Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), Oxford

  • Supporting Open Humanities Researchers
    Dr. Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra, DARIAH-EU, Berlin

  • Open Access Humanities Books
    Margot Bargheer, State and University Library, Göttingen

  • Creating a Preprint Server for the Social Sciences
    Mark Zadrozny, Executive Publisher, Cambridge University Press, New York


The big SPLASH

  • Wait for a Surprise Session at the End of the 15th APE Conference
    Moderated by Dr. Liz Marchant, APE 2020 Program Co-ordinator and Global Journals Portfolio Director - Life, Earth & Environmental Sciences at Taylor & Francis Group, Oxford

Registered participants wll receive more informaton a few days before the conference.


The Happy End

Before we all depart in many differnt directions, this is your last chance for networking. Use your time to make appointments and to say goodbye to old and new friends in a very relaxed atmosphere...

Please note: APE 2021, 12-13 January 2021. Same place, same quality.