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nSCI's Conference on Journals & Science is all set to happen this coming Friday. About 100 experts from across the country will be there. We'll make sure to take careful notes and prepare a written record of this event to share with all of you by mid-December.

In the meantime, we have about 10 spaces left for this event so if you're interested in attending, the first 10 nSCI newsletter subscribers who register using the promo code nSCI-subscriber will get in for free, courtesy of nSCI. Come for the whole day or just to hear your favorite presentations. Lunch, coffee and snacks are on the house.

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Thank you, and see you on Friday!

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Time Topic Description Presenter
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) Glenn Hampson
8:05 a.m. Keynote address: Science research and journals The importance of journals in science and how the relationship between journals and science has changed over the last 30 years. Ross Prentice
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? Bruce Hevly
8:55 Introduction to the issues   Glenn Hampson
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)? Hsiao-Ching Chou
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? Bryn Nelson
15 min break      
10:15 Science in the public eye Lay audiences for science: Why the public needs science information, how the public responds to it, and the skills needed to process it. Susanna Priest
10:45 Libraries and subscriptions How do journal subscription costs and practices affect access to libraries and researchers? Tim Jewell
11:15 Information overload or underload? Scientists in many smaller research institutions suffer from information underload. A limited budget does not afford them access to a wide spectrum of journals and pay-as-you-go articles. What can be done about this? Stewart Lyman
11:45 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? Robin Champieux
Lunch break (12:15 -1:00) and additional poster session and Q&A time      
1:00 Tenure How does publishing affect tenure? How is this relationship changing? Rob Wood
1:30 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? Scott  L. Montgomery
2:00 Public policy What are the current dynamics and challenges in creating science-based public policies? What are the cultural and political barriers to change? Is public policy more about politics than science (and does science realize this)? Cynthia-Lou Coleman
15 min break      
The future      
2:45 Into the future Improving science communication requires a greater understanding of how human communities are organized to transmit information Richard Gayle
3:00 Reaching the public Taking science directly to the public through books, blogs, and public appearances Leah Ceccarelli
3:30 Reinventing journal impact Altmetrics and other means of evaluating impact from the inventor of the eigenfactor Jevin West
4:00 Open Access How is OA affecting journal publishing? What are the different models of OA and how are they being adopted? Michael Boock
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 Claudia Emerson
5:00 Collaboration networks Accessible data and enhanced collaboration are being pioneered in Seattle by Sage Bionetworks. Hear about the lessons and experiences of this approach from Sage’s co-founder and president. Stephen Friend
5:30 Citizen science The promise and early lessons from the CEO of the world’s largest citizen science project, UBiome Jessica Richman
15 min break      
6:15 Dinner address: The limits to rapid change Will change happen quickly? Can it? Should it? What are the personal, professional, legal, institutional, and science culture barriers? Maryann Martone
6:45 What now? Develop a plan for future action on this issue. Work through some of the broader questions of priorities, stakeholders, realities, and more. Moderated by Ricardo Gomez
8:00 Adjourn    
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