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We held our annual user meeting, the PubForum, in DC on September 18th. It was a great day with a number of really interesting presentations and panels. As usual, the panel with existing clients was great. This year we concentrated on folks who had recently completed their transition to the platform. The one clear resounding take-away from this was that our Migration Task Force team (aka Phoenix) led by Martin Borbone did a fabulous job.

I found the Open Access panel especially fascinating. Mike Neff of ASHS discussed transitioning one of their three journals to OA. One of the things that they had worried about in advance―would authors continue to submit to the journal―was resoundingly answered in that they have seen their submissions go up by 23%. This positive reaction from their community led them to decide to transition all of their journals to OA this year. Kim Morello from Bioscientifica was more on the fence. They have supported hybrid journals for years but haven’t seen much uptake. They also are not particularly concerned by Plan S as less than 3% of their content is affected. So for the moment, they are taking a cautious wait-and-see attitude. Meanwhile, our third panelist Jeff Lewandowski from APS did not see any reason to move to OA anytime soon.

If you were able to make it, thanks so much for coming; and let us know what we can do better this year. If you weren’t, please do consider coming this year. We are targeting the week of October 5th and will once again hold the meeting in DC. We will send out a save the date email as soon as we have locked down a venue.

ALA Mid-Winter

I’m on the NISO Platform Migration Task Force. We are working on coming up with a code of practice for platform migrations that will be similar to the code of practice for journal transfers. We built a presentation on where we are with the project. If you are interested, I’m happy to discuss in more detail, and here is a copy of the slides that we presented:

Presentation PDF

London Book Fair

I will be at London Book Fair on Wednesday March 11. Please reach out if you would like to arrange a meeting.

SSP Webinar

I will be moderating an SSP webinar on March 17 called “Getting Users to the Content”. The intent is to examine a number of new initiatives that have been announced recently that are likely to have an impact on the discovery process, including GetFTR, Scite, and new alerting services from Meta and Scitus. If you are interested, you can register for the webinar here:


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