Journal publishing conferences can be excellent resources for publishers and those involved in the publishing community. Conferences provide many opportunities, from networking to marketing to education. Publishers can reserve space for staffed booths to market their businesses and titles as well as network with authors and service providers. They can purchase sponsorship packages to help market their brands, products, and services through marketing materials, mini-events, and more. They can present papers or information in an educational forum. Finally, publishers can simply attend conferences for chances to meet, learn, and network.
Publishing organizations hold many conferences each year, and it would be too costly in terms of both time and money to attend them all. It’s important that publishers plan their annual conference attendances for the best opportunities. Which will you sponsor or attend? At which will you reserve a booth? Should you consider submitting a proposal to present? Sheridan’s extensive 2018 journal event guide may not be inclusive of every journal publishing conference out there, but it can help you decide if one or some of these major conferences might be good investments for you.
- Association of American Publishers (AAP) Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Annual Conference
When: Feb. 7-9, 2018
Where: Washington, D.C.
Who: Academic, independent, and professional publishers as well as librarians and educators
Why: This year’s theme is “Data, Diversity, and Discovery: How Professional & Scholarly Publishing is Accelerating Change & Growth” and offers a pre-conference seminar on the latest in digital publishing.
- London Book Fair
When: April 10-12, 2018
Where: London, U.K.
Who: Publishers of all sizes interested in negotiating rights as well as selling and distributing content
Why: The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for those in print, digital, and multimedia outlets. It’s the perfect platform for those involved in the publishing industry to stay up to date on industry trends, engage with customers, build brand awareness, and do business on a global scale.
- Journal Article Tag Suite Conference (JATS-Con)
When: April 17-18, 2018
Where: Bethesda, MD
Who: Scholarly, independent, and professional publishers as well as others interested in journal tagging standards
Why: Gather with others who work with the NISO JATS project for all the latest on XML tagging standards.
- STM Annual U.S. Conference
When: April 24-26, 2018
Where: Philadelphia, PA
Who: Academic and professional authors and publishers as well as members of societies, nonprofits, and the research community
Why: Exchange ideas and information in areas such as copyright, technology developments, as well as end user and library relations.
- Council of Science Editors (CSE) Annual Meeting
When: May 5-8, 2018
Where: New Orleans, LA
Who: Editorial sciences publishing professionals
Why: Catch up on the latest trends and technologies in scientific scholarly publishing and network with editorial professionals in the sciences.
- Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Annual Meeting
When: May 30-June 1, 2018
Where: Chicago, IL
Who: Scholarly publishers, librarians, printers, editors, academics, and more
Why: With this year’s “Scholarly Publishing at the Crossroads: What’s working, what’s holding us back, where do we go from here?” theme, professionals in the scholarly publishing field meet to discuss challenges and opportunities as well as how to best serve the industry sector’s mission of publishing and distributing quality content.
- Association of American University Presses
When: June 17-19, 2018
Where: San Francisco, CA
Who: Cross-discipline university press colleagues
Why: Get together at this annual event to share information, experiences, and ideas to deal with stakeholders in the ever-changing world of academic publishing.
- American Library Association Annual Conference
When: June 21-26, 2018
Where: New Orleans, LA
Who: Librarians, authors, publishers, business professionals, educators, and others dedicated to children’s libraries and services.
Why: Leaders with a shared passion for library access for children and underprivileged families gather with others passionate about books, libraries, and shaping the future of the industry.
- Association Media and Publishing (AM&P) Annual Meeting
When: June 25-27, 2018
Where: Washington, DC
Who: Nonprofit print and digital publishers as well as marketing, communication, and media professionals
Why: Share insights on the latest communication trends and marketing techniques in association publishing while networking and establishing connections with exhibitors, peers, and colleagues.
- International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE)
When: Aug. 2-3, 2018
Where: Baltimore, MD
Who: Office staff members who drive technical and professional editorial publishing processes in the fields of science, academics, technology, and medicine
Why: Editorial office staff attendees and session leaders will network and train as they discuss publishing trends and best practices as well as new products, services, and technologies to help them and others in their editorial offices work faster and smarter.
- The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers
When: Sept. 12-14, 2018
Where: Berkshire, U.K.
Who: Scholarly and professional publishers in nonprofit organizations and institutions
Why: Share information and knowledge, learn about new initiatives, connect, and engage in open discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing international publishers today.
- Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
When: Sept. 17-19, 2018
Where: University of Vienna, Austria
Who: Global open access publishers in the scientific, technical, and scholarly fields
Why: Members meet to exchange information about open-access ideas, experiences, standards, best practices, and business models as well as promote the open-access agenda.
- Frankfurt Book Fair
When: Oct. 10-14, 2018
Where: Frankfurt, Germany
Who: The first three days are open to tradespeople — booksellers, translators, librarians, educators, students — and the weekend is for anyone interested in books and media
Why: This is a great place to see and buy the latest products from international booksellers, network to grow your business, catch up on global book trends, and form new partnerships.
- Charleston Conference
When: November, days TBD
Where: Charleston, SC
Who: Librarians, publishers, consultants, and vendors
Why: Open to everyone as those involved in scholarly publishing, CEOs, librarians, and more come together to casually discuss issues of importance to all involved in scholarly publishing to find solutions to their publishing problems.
Whether you choose your conferences from the list above or have other meetings in mind, it’s important you do your research and choose the events most valuable for you and your organization members. Does the conference provide enough value to make registration, travel, and lodging costs worthwhile? Is the conference’s theme or program a good match for your scope and the work you do? Does the conference have an established reputation? A little research and planning can help you choose appropriately as well as get the best registration and travel deals.
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