June, 2017

Editage presents interim results of its author survey at the 2017 CSE and SSP annual meetings

(June 28, 2017; Philadelphia, PA) - The annual meeting of the Council of Science Editors (CSE) was held between May 21 and 23 May in San Diego with the theme “Setting Sail: Navigating the Future of Science Publishing.” The 39th annual meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publication (SSP) was held between May 31 and June 3 in Boston. Over 1000 participants attended the SSP meeting and the theme this year was “Striking a Balance: Embracing Change While Preserving Tradition in Scholarly Communications.” Editage has been actively working towards bridging the gap between authors and journals through their industry-wide author survey that has received responses from over 5000 researchers so far. Editage’s team shared insights, based on their survey’s interim results, at both meetings. Both the CSE and SSP meetings were ideal platforms to present these results and inform journal editors and publishers about the author’s perspectives.

Photograph above: Donald Samulack discussing interim survey results with SSP attendees

Donald Samulack, Head, U.S. Operations, Editage, expressed his appreciation for the response to the survey results by saying, “We analyzed the interim results of our in-depth survey and presented various insights to both journal editors and publishers during these meetings. To bridge the gap between authors and journals, it is important to identify differences in perspectives of authors and journals. The industry cannot evolve without support from authors. It was great to see that journals and publishers are actually listening to authors.”

Photograph above: Nikesh Gosalia and Donald Samulack speaking with conference attendees at the Editage booth

The theme of both meetings focused on the future of the industry and the changes on the horizon. The keynote speech at the 2017 CSE meeting by Dr. Mary-Claire King addressed the importance of journal editors and shared some opinions of authors about journal editors, which resonated with the theme. The SSP meeting this year had two keynote addresses. Jeffrey Mervis, senior correspondent at Science Magazine discussed the Government, Science, and Science Policy. The second keynote address by Paula Stephan, Professor of Economics and Senior Associate, Policy Research Center, Georgia State University, discussed the challenges faced by early-career researchers and expected future trends in academia. Discussions at both the meetings elucidated that the scholarly communications industry understands the importance of addressing the needs of authors. Publishers and journal editors were keen to know author perspectives on the direction that the industry is taking. This resulted in the Editage’s survey results being among the most engaging sessions at both meetings.  

About The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)

SSP, founded in 1978, is a non-profit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field.

About The Council of Science Editors (CSE)

CSE is an international membership organization for editorial professionals publishing in the sciences. It serves over 800 members in the scientific, scientific publishing, and information science communities by fostering networking, education, discussion, and exchange.

About Editage

Founded in 2002, Editage (a division of Cactus Communications) is a global scholarly communications company with offices in Japan, China, South Korea, India, and the United States. Employing a global in-house workforce of over 600, Editage has served over 200,000 authors and edited close to 750,000 papers across 1,200 disciplines to date. Editage aims to help scholars break through the confines of geography and language, bridge the gap between authors and peer-reviewed journals, and accelerate the process of publishing high-quality research. In addition to offering high-end scientific communication solutions, Editage is actively involved in author education through its comprehensive author resources site Editage Insights. Please visit www.editage.com to learn more.

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