APE 2020
Academic Publishing
in Europe Nr. 15
the Change -

APE 2020 Full Conference:
14-15 January 2020 Berlin

13 January 2020 Berlin


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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
08:30 - 10:00

Please note: Special entrance Markgrafenstrasse 38 opposite Concert House:

Coffee, Tea & Breakfast Snacks

10:00 – 12:30

  • 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 Scholarship? Maybe Europe should lead the change... this time
    Jean-Claude Burgelman, Advisor - Open Access Envoy, European Commission, Brussels

  • Kumsal Bayazit, CEO, Elsevier, Amsterdam

  • 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.

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch & Networking

13:30 – 15:00

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

Value – financial such as grants, government funding or the costs of publishing, pricing of the services provided, publishing or otherwise, impact of research on progressing understanding and to the wider public, and the value of your research record in securing tenure and career progression, evaluation of research departments as well to secure funding. What’s changing?

By design or accident, what you publish and where you publish is part of measuring the value of academic research. Your research record, expressed in your publication record, has a direct link with your ability to exist as a microbiologist, a historian or a cancer researcher. It’s part of securing tenure and career progression, evaluating the success of research departments and institutions as well as key to securing funding. The measures don’t always pull in the same direction and they are changing.

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

  • Marc Schiltz, President, Science Euope, Brussels

    • Tackling the Pain Points in Funding and Publishing Workflows
      Alice Meadows, Director of Communications, ORCID

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.

  • Framework for Plan S Transparancy in Pricing
    Alicia Wise, Director, Information Power, Winchester

14:30 – 15:30

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 panel 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  

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15:00 – 15:30

Coffee, Tea & Snacks

15:30 – 17:30

Session 2: Behind the Scenes of the new DEALs

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

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

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

Panel Discussion: So what's the Problem with Acceleration to full Open Access?

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. We will be joined by some of our morning keynote speakers.

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17:30 – 18:00

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

19:00 – 23:00

Conference Dinner in the ‘Refugium’

Please note: Only on invitation or with Ticket. Limited Seating!

DAY TWO: Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Doors open
08:30 – 09:30

Coffee, Tea & Breakfast Snacks

09:00 – 09:30

Wake-up Session 3:

Wake Up. You Male, Pale and Stale (Join our Dramaclass on Diversity)

Eefke Smit talks with Ed Gerstner, Editorial Strategy Nature, London

09:30 – 10:30

Session 4: Driving Research Data

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

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10:30 – 11:00

Coffee, Tea & Snacks

11:00 – 12:30

Session 5: How does Open Science impact Libraries?

  • Introduction and Moderation:
    Prof.Dr. Andreas Degkwitz, Drector, 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.


  • Robin Rice, Data Librarian and Head, Research Data 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

12:30 – 13:30

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)

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15:00 – 16:30

Session 7: Pre-prints

16:30 – 17:00

The big SPLASH

  • A Surprise Session at the End of the 15th APE Conference
    Chaired by Dr. Liz Marchant, APE 2020 Program Co-ordinator and Director Life, Earth and Environmental Science, Taylor & Francis, Oxford

End of APE 2020: Adjourn