Over 80 delegates attended Wiley’s 2015 Australian executive seminar earlier this month, among them Editors, librarians and Society executives representing some of the country’s leading research journals and institutes. Held in the State Library of Victoria, the theme of the day was Global Trends in Research Publishing and the wide-ranging agenda promised to deliver insights and global perspectives on publishing, practical information and case studies, and an excellent opportunity to network.
The day kicked off with an overview of global trends by Wiley’s Senior VP for Society Services, Andy Robinson. Taking a long-range view of research journals publishing, Andy described the key trends to watch in the next five years, and highlighted in particular the potential of hyperconnectivity and mass collaboration in a globalized and digitally advanced landscape.
Daniel Johnston of Publons described his vision for “speeding up science through rewarding peer review” and joined a lively panel on peer review, with contributions from Editors Mike Bull of Austral Ecology and Frank Bongiorno of History Australia, and Wiley’s own Melbourne-based ScholarOne expert, Martha Rundell. There was an engaging debate about peer reviewer recognition as well as peer-review efficiency and the importance of mentoring for prospective reviewers.
On the topic of ‘Raising the Global Profile and Impact of your Journal’ Wiley’s Chief Marketing Officer, Clay Stobaugh, led the audience on a journey through Wiley’s proprietary customer experience framework, and offered some practical tips on how to increase attention, influence and impact. In keeping with the theme of attention and impact, Annika Dean from Scimex and Anne Harvey from Altmetric delivered excellent presentations on the communication of research and measurement of its attention. Chris Elliott of Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health delivered an inspiring, educational and thoroughly enjoyable case study on his experience developing and executing a social media strategy. Chris spoke about the immediate impact that JPCH’s social media strategy had in raising awareness of children in detention on Nauru and described how the Editors have used social media to give a voice to patients in new ways, as we see from Talia’s story.
Our final session covered research data, looking at all aspects of data publication, citation and policies. ANDS CEO, Ross Wilkinson, set the scene with an overview of global research policies and a compelling description of the future for Open Data with the power of ‘data as a means of discourse’. Samantha Robertson of the NHMRC brought us the funder’s perspective on research data and its management, and covered issues specific to the Australian context, while Simon Goudie from Wiley spoke about Wiley’s partnership with figshare, and gave some practical advice for the audience on data citation and journal data policies. John Rolf, Editor of Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, shared his perspective on the implementation of a journal data policy, and shared some very entertaining insights into what keeps Editors up at night.
Some clear themes developed throughout the seminar, and left delegates with much to discuss over drinks in the bluestone courtyard at the end of the day. The importance of customer experience in ‘The Age of the Customer’ resonated through many of the sessions, in particular a need to work collaboratively to foster greater connectivity and information sharing both within the research community, and with the wider public and policymakers. Quality and value are of course of crucial importance to all stakeholders in the research enterprise: reproducible research; peer review that delivers a valuable experience for authors; managed, FAIR data; and meaningful metrics that show both immediate impact and long-lasting influence. Efficiency is also a key consideration, particularly around peer review, where all contributors would embrace greater speed, less administration and less duplication of effort.
Image Credit (1st image) Peer Review Panel session. Source: Sadira Campbell
Image Credit (2nd image) Chris Elliott talks social media strategy. Source: Sadira Campbell