Annual Meeting Report

The ST in STM: Overcoming Challenges in Non-Medical Publishing

MODERATOR: Kimberly J. Retzlaff Senior Managing Editor American Water Works Association Denver, Colorado SPEAKERS: Angela Cochran Associate Publisher and Journals Director American Society of Civil Engineers Reston, Virginia Ken Heideman Director of Publications American Meteorological Society Boston, Massachusetts Amy McPherson Director of Publications and Managing Editor Botanical Society of America American Journal of Botany St. Louis, Missouri REPORTER: Angela Cochran   This session offered a peek behind the curtain of the day-to-day challenges of non-medical journals in Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishing. Those of us who work in science and technology face some challenges that are different than those in the medical disciplines. Ken Heideman of the American Meteorological Society spoke of the issues around open access (OA). He admitted that non-medical journals may be asking themselves: “Why are we being dragged into this?” This is a fair question. After all, OA came out of National Institutes of Health (NIH) policies and the desires of the biomedical field. Angela Cochran from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) shared the same sentiments. The civil engineers largely believe that anyone who needs access to content has access to content. Members report a distrust of OA journals, in part because of the large amount of spam messages they receive from less than reputable OA journals. Amy McPherson from the Botanical Society of America (BSA) said that her members like the idea of OA, but they do not understand why it costs so much (or why it is not free). The Society […]

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