Fall Symposium Topics

Monday, November 1

  • Demographics: Why should publishers care about the makeup of their authors, editors, and reviewers? The didactic session highlights how one publisher has implemented demographic collection into their workflow. Then in workgroups, attendees dive into the details of how to begin collecting demographic data by ‎identifying what questions need to be considered (system limitations, collection ‎policy/what will you do with the data, etc.) and who the stakeholders are for such a ‎project. ‎Attendees will leave with ‎a how-to guide for starting demographic collection at their ‎journal‎.
  • Indexing: Discoverability of content is important to a journal’s success and content often becomes ‎discoverable via indexing services. The didactic session discusses the importance of indexing of scientific journals in major content aggregators and ‎discovery services. A brief overview of how one publisher has navigated the indexing ‎application process kicks off the discussion.‎ Then in workgroups, attendees dive into the details of how to ensure that their journal meets indexing ‎criteria and is taking the necessary application steps. Attendees will leave with a how-to guide for preparing a journal to apply for indexing‎.

Tuesday, November 2

  • Increasing Editorial Board Diversity: Increasing the diversity among editorial board members allows a journal ‎to put their values around diversity and inclusion into practice.‎ The didactic session features one journal’s strategies they’ve used to increase diversity on their editorial board.‎ Then in workgroups, attendees share the steps their journals have taken to improve editorial board diversity, what has ‎worked well, and what has not. Attendees will leave with concrete guidance on how to form an editorial board representative of a journal’s ‎community‎.
  • Data Privacy: It’s been a few years since GDPR and user privacy remains front of mind. From DEI to ‎personalization, there are many good reasons to collect and analyze data about users. ‎What might be useful to collect? What is the most ethical way to collect and use data? ‎What third parties may access user data in a privacy preserving way? What messaging ‎‎(internal and external) is needed to communicate the need for data privacy?‎ The didactic session provides case studies by publishers or vendors who work with user data‎. Then in workgroups, attendees will focus on different aspects of data collection, analysis, and use.‎ Attendees will leave with details to prepare data privacy policies for their organizations‎.