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nSCI Hosting Conference on Science Journals

conference-header3Join us for an important and groundbreaking conference on the current state of academic journal publishing, covering:

  1. The impact of rising journal subscription costs on libraries and research
  2. Journals and intellectual property rights: Can (or should) federally-funded research be locked away? Is it possible to improve access while still protecting copyright, intellectual property and discovery?
  3. Open source and open access growth and models
  4. The impact of journal readability: Comprehension, collaboration, and education
  5. Other growing means of sharing science information: Blogs, books, research collaboration networks, citizen science networks, and more
  6. The limits of rapid change: Copyright, IP, time and resources, lack of best practice models, fear of reduced quality
  7. Journals and the process of making science policy
  8. Journals and tenure: Current tenure practices, possible impacts, changes being developed, tenure scoring alternatives
  9. Open discussion: The future of journal publishing

University of Washington (Kane 225)
November 15, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Who should attend?

Our presentations will be geared for public consumption and benefit—this is not an academic exercise, but an event intended to benefit:

  1. Scientists who are trying to find more and better ways of sharing their work with colleagues, policymakers, and the public
  2. Librarians who are constantly dealing with questions about journals from faculty and students
  3. Science outreach professionals who need to understand the copyright and IP issues involved in doing more outreach and collaboration work
  4. Science writers who are at the front lines of improving science communication and will benefit from learning more about the journal-science tension and the limits to rapid change
  5. Science administrators who want to learn about recent developments in subscription models, publishing v. tenure, open access, collaboration, networking, outreach and more
  6. Public policy professionals who want a better understanding of where science information comes from and how this information is interpreted and used, and
  7. Students interested in pursuing a degree science communication or a related field.


  • Ross Prentice: Dr. Prentice is one of the foremost biostatisticians in the world and has played a critical role in the development of statistical methods for health and medical research. He is the former Senior Vice President for Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and is an internationally recognized authority on issues associated with cancer prevention trials, survival data, and life history and disease progression.
  • Tim Jewell: Tim is a nationally-recognized expert on academic publishing and has served as the director of Information Resources and Scholarly Communication for the University of Washington library system since 2008. From 2002-2008 he coordinated the Digital Library Federation’s Electronic Resource Management Initiative, which led to the development of systems and services that many libraries now use to manage their electronic resources.
  • Maryann Martone: Dr. Martone is co-director of the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (NCMIR) at the University of California San Diego, and the executive director of FORCE11, an organization dedicated to advancing scholarly communication and e-scholarship. She is the principal investigator of the Neuroscience Information Framework project, and recently finished her tenure as the US scientific representative to the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF), an international organization dedicated to developing tools and standards for neuroscience data exchange.
  • Stephen Friend: Dr. Friend is the president, co-founder and director of Sage Bionetworks. He has also served as a senior vice-president at Merck, co-founded Rosetta Inpharmatics with Lee Hartwell and Leroy Hood, and held faculty positions at Harvard Medical School and at Massachusetts General Hospital. In June of this year, the White House honored Dr. Friend as one of thirteen Champions of Change who are promoting and using open scientific data and publications to accelerate progress and improve our world.
  • Jevin West: Jevin is a theoretical biologist, an assistant professor at the University of Washington’s Information School and co-inventor of the eigenfactor, the industry and library-standard system for measuring journal influence. He is also an internationally-recognized expert in big data. Prior to joining the iSchool, he worked as a big data researcher at the UW’s Center for Commercialization and at IceLab in Sweden.
  • Leah Ceccarelli: Leah is Associate Chair of the UW Communications School and is a rhetorical critic and theorist. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary and public discourse about science. She also explores metacritical issues surrounding rhetorical inquiry as a mode of research.  She serves on the editorial boards of Rhetoric & Public Affairs and Philosophy & Rhetoric is Vice Chair-Elect of the Public Address Division of the National Communication Association.
  • Jessica Richman: Jessica is the founder and CEO of uBiome. As the leader of the largest successful citizen science initiative in history, Richman is encountering not only the boundaries of citizen science, but the perils as well, including working through the issues of how citizen science will maintain scientific rigor and patient protections.
  • Micheal Boock: Michael is an associate professor at Oregon State University and the director of OSU’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Services. He has authored numerous articles on digital scholarship and participates extensively in national, regional, and state boards, councils and working groups.
  • Scott L. Montgomery: Scott is a geologist, author, and affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington. He has written widely on issues related to geology and energy as well as on the history of science, science and art, language studies, education, translation, and cultural history. Several of his books, particularly, “Science in Translation: Movements of Knowledge through Cultures and Time”, are considered pioneering interdisciplinary works and have been translated into many languages.
  • Claudia Emerson: Claudia is a senior global health scientist with SRC Global in Toronto and a professor at McMaster University. Dr. Emerson specializes in ethics and policy of research involving human subjects and has published on diverse topics including access to health data, privacy, biobanks, and research governance. She serves as an external member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Data Access Team, to address barriers related to access and use of data.
  • Bruce Hevly: Bruce is an associate professor of history at the University of Washington and an expert in the history of science and technology. His research interests include science and gender, the relationships between technology and science, and Pacific Northwest regional science history. His most recent book, “Atomic Frontier Days,” details the birth and impacts of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in south-central Washington.
  • Hsiao-Ching Chou: Hsia-Ching is the communications director for Seattle’s Institute for Systems Biology. Prior to this position, she worked in public relations and journalism and has been widely featured in newspapers, radio, and television. She currently serves on the advisory board for the University of Washington’s Master of Communication in Digital Media program.
  • Bryn Nelson: Bryn is a microbiologist and award-winning writer and editor specializing in scientific, environmental, and medical topics. He spent seven years as a science reporter for Newsday, and since then his work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, MSNBC.com, BBC Focus, Nature, and Scientific American.
  • Stewart Lyman: Dr. Lyman is molecular biologist and expert in biotechnology research, previously a director of extramural research for Immunex and currently a consultant for numerous biotech ventures across the Washington region. He holds 25 patents and has authored or co-authored 129 scientific publications as well as numerous articles on collaboration management and biotechnology issues. He is a grant reviewer for the Washington State Life Sciences Discovery Fund and a screening committee member for Seattle’s Technology Alliance.
  • Robin Champieux: Robin is a scholarly communication librarian and assistant professor at the Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Champieux previously served as the VP of the Ebook Library, Blackwell’s director of North American sales, and project archivist with Portland and the National Library of Medicine.
  • Rob Wood: Rob is an associate professor in the department of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington. He edits the Journal of Climate Change and is a reviewer for a number of other scholarly journals. Dr. Wood also serves on numerous scientific panels and is president of the UW chapter of the American Association of University Professors.
  • Cynthia-Lou Coleman: Dr. Coleman is a professor of communications theory and research methods at Portland State University where her research focuses on the social construction of science in mainstream discourse and the effects of framing on biopolitical policies that impact American Indian communities. She has held fellowships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Dr. Coleman has written widely for both academia and the public and currently serves as the associate editor of Science Communication.
  • Susanna Horing Priest: Dr. Priest has taught mass communication theory and research methods since1989. Her research has centered on the role of science in American society and culture, its expression in the mass media, public engagement in science and science policy, and public opinion formation. She has served as a member of the research and publications committees of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and as chair and research chair of the association’s Science Communication Interest Group. She is a Fellow of the AAAS, past associate editor of the journal Public Understanding of Science, and current editor of the journal Science Communication. She serves as an advisor to a wide range of academic projects, agencies and organizations on communication-related issues, andn is currently a visiting scholar in the communications department at the University of Washington.
  • Ricardo Gomez (workshop moderator): Ricardo is assistant professor and chair of the Information & Society Center at University of Washington’s Information School. He specializes in the social impacts of communication technologies, especially in community development settings. He has worked with private, public and non-profit sectors around the world, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining the University of Washington he worked with Microsoft Community Affairs, and with the International Development Research Center in Canada.

Detailed agenda (tentative)

Time Topic subtopic (s)
7:30-8:00 a.m. Poster session and breakfast buffet
8:00 a.m. Welcome and conference outline Why are we here and how will the upcoming conversations by structured? (5 minutes)
8:05 a.m. Keynote address Science research and journals: The importance of this relationship and how it has changed over the past 30 years.
Why journals?
8:30 a.m. History & Psychology The history and evolution of current journal practices and expectations. How are journals positioned in science and science communication today? Why do scientists write mostly for journals?
8:55 Introduction to the issues
9:00 Information flow: research to press How does information actually flow from science research to the public? How do journals or journal concerns (copyright, embargo, etc.) figure into this flow? What is the role of infomediaries (like PR managers and journalists)? Is it realistic to expect a different arrangement (or even desirable)?
9:30 Information flow: press to public How does information flow from the press to the public? What are the challenges of this flow? What are the impacts?
15 min break
10:15 Libraries and subscriptions How do journal subscription costs and practices affect access to libraries and researchers?
­10:45 Information overload or underload? What are the access issues for smaller or independent researchers?
11:00 Intellectual property What are the copyright issues that also affect sharing, access, and use of information? How will new federal legislation affect journals and information access? Should federally-funded research be locked away in journals? How are real-world IP issues impacting journals?
11:30 Tenure How does publishing affect tenure? How is this relationship changing?
12:00 Morning Q&A Extra Q&A from morning session
Lunch break (12:15 -1:15) and additional poster session and Q&A time
1:15 The lingua franca of journals Is English the future lingua franca of science journals? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Why is “journal English” the way it is and how did it get this way? Is it even readable?
1:45 Public communication Lay audiences for science: Why they need this information, how they respond to it, and the skills they need to process it.
2:15 Public policy How can we improve the relationship between science and public policy? What are the current dynamics and challenges?
15 min break
The future
3:00 Reaching the public Taking science directly to the public through books, blogs, and public appearances
3:30 Reinventing journal impact Altmetrics and other means of evaluating impact from the inventor of the eigenfactor
4:00 Open Access How is OA affecting journal publishing? What are the different models of OA and how are they being adopted?
4:30 Open Data Journals are one thing, but data too? Practical and ethical challenges of global  efforts to open research networks and standardize and share data
5:00 Collaboration networks Best practices and lessons of experience from SAGE Bionetworks
5:30 Citizen science The promise and early lessons from the CEO of the world’s largest citizen science project, UBiome
6:00 The limits to rapid change Will change happen quickly? Can it? Should it? What are the personal, professional, legal, institutional, and science culture barriers?
15 min break
Dinner and workshop
6:45 Afternoon session Q&A
7:00 Workshop
8:00 Adjourn



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