On Friday, November 16, Roger Schonfeld is moderating an NFAIS virtual workshop on “The Place of Manuscript Management Systems in a Consolidating Marketplace.” The workshop will run from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, and registration is open on the NFAIS website.

About the workshop:

Driven by the rise of Open Access, the landscape and roles in the scholarship communications industry are fast changing. New portfolios are being developed that combine content and platforms in ways that will create seamlessness for the researcher but also raise new strategic dilemmas. Much has been made of Elsevier’s acquisitions of Mendeley, SSRN, and bepress—building on its strong publishing programs; of Clarivate’s acquisitions of Publons and Kopernio, building on its discovery and assessment services; of Wiley’s acquisition of Atypon and then Authorea—combining platforms that serve others with its own publishing services. While some see these initiatives as smart and decisive opportunities to expand tools that support scholarship workflow by integrating newer technologies and expanded tools—others who are more skeptical feel this will only create an environment from which researchers will not be able to escape and smaller publishers may perish.

Astute observers are now tracking on an area of emerging opportunity: how manuscript management and peer review systems connect into these portfolios. Most notably, Elsevier’s recent aquisition of Aries, has come under scrutiny. But there are also Clarivate who owns ScholarOne, and HighWire, who offers BenchPress. PLoS discontinued its development of the open source Aperta, while Hindawi and Coko are in the midst of developing an open source system of their own. How is the marketplace for these services developing? How are they being integrated into other offerings by these providers? How will the competitive landscape evolve in the coming years?

Moderated by Roger Schonfeld, Director of Ithaka S+R Libraries and Scholarly Communications Program, this workshop will bring together these “change agents” in a comprehensive program where you’ll get the answers you’ve been asking:

  • What can we expect from these recent acquisitions?
  • Are these holistic approaches that seek to serve the community—if so, how?
  • What does this mean for other publishers—particularly smaller or medium-size publishers? Can they maintain autonomy or will they be overtaken because they cannot compete, or cannot afford the services they now use through one or more of these providers?
  • How do we navigate in a system where peer review systems may overlap, or publishers are buying up platforms where other publisher’s content is also warehoused?
  •  How do we mitigate perceived conflict, and how do we enable trust?

Participants will each be provided an opportunity to share with us what these acquisitions mean and what their desired outcomes are. Next, we will open up questions by our virtual audience and from David Worlock and Lisa Hinchliffe—both individuals who poised to probe, ask the tough questions, and challenge the future and direction of scholarly communications.