Inaugural ICIS Meeting

Publish or perish? The future of scholarly publishing and careers February 13 – 14, 2014 UC Davis

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Scholarly publishing is in a bit of turmoil.  This upheaval impacts not only the dissemination of knowledge but also the assessment of scholars (and thus their careers).  For two days in February 2014 at UC Davis we will cover some of the key changes in scholarly publishing with a focus on how they impact the careers of academics.  Some key details of the meeting are summarized below:

  • Sessions topics will focus on changes occurring in scholarly publishing (in journal publishing, other forms of digital publishing, peer review, and economics of publishing) and on changes in assessment (alt metrics, assessment by institutions, and new models for evaluating scholars).
  • Each session of the meeting will include a mix of a keynote talk, short talks, and a panel discussion by leading experts in the field.  Ample time will be provided for discussions and networking as well.
  • In addition, at the end of Day 1 there will be a special Keynote talk by Yochai Benkler from Harvard University on “Open Access, Cooperation, and Commons: The (Uncertain) Retreat of Possessive Individualism in Networked Society” followed by a reception.
  • This meeting is organized by the UC Davis Innovating Communication in Scholarship (ICIS) Project (, which is a collaboration between Mario Biagioli (UC Davis School of Law), Mackenzie Smith (UC Davis University Library) and Jonathan Eisen (UC Davis Genome Center).

Session Topics and Confirmed Speakers/Panel Participants

DAY 1: Thursday, Feb 13th

  • 8 – 8:30 am | Registration
  • 8:30 – 9 am | Welcoming Remarks
  • 9 – 10:30 am | Session 1 | The Changing Nature of the Journal
    • Heather Joseph, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
    • John Inglis, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory & BioRxiv
    • Chris Kelty, UCLA
    • Gregg Gordon, Social Science Research Network
  • 10:30 – 11 am | Coffee
  • 11 am – 12:30 pm | Session 2 | Beyond Journals & New Forms of Digital Publishing
    • Carly Strasser, California Digital Library
    • Carl Boettiger, ROpenSci
    • Erik Kansa, Alexandria Archive Institute & Open Context
    • Kaitlin Thaney, Mozilla Science Lab
  • 12:30 – 2 pm | Lunch
  • 2 – 3:30 pm | Session 3 | Innovations in Peer Review
    • Victoria Stodden, Columbia University
    • Emily Ford, Portland State University
    • Ivan Oransky, Retraction Watch & New York University
    • Cesar A. Berrios-Otero, Faculty of 1000
    • Jonathan Dugan, Public Library Of Science
  • 3:30 – 4 pm | Venue Shift & Coffee
    • Note venue shift to Buehler Alumni Center, AGR Room for keynote address
  • 4 – 6 pm | Buehler Alumni Center, AGR Room | Keynote Address*
    • Yochai Benkler, Harvard University on “Open Access, Cooperation, and Commons: The (Uncertain) Retreat of Possessive Individualism in Networked Society”
  • 6 – 7 pm | Reception*

* Hosted jointly with the Mellon Initiative on Digital Cultures & the Provost’s Forums on the Future of the Public University and the Social Good


DAY 2: Friday, Feb 14th

  • 9 – 9:45 am | Opening Talk
    • Diane Harley, Center for Studies in Higher Education & UC Berkeley, “Predicting the future of scholarly communication: faculty values, disciplinary cultures, and advancing careers”
  • 9:45 – 11:15 am | Session 4 | Changing the Value Proposition of Publishing
    • Greg Tananbaum, ScholarNext
    • Peter Binfield, PeerJ
    • Allison Fish, UC Davis
    • Todd Vision, Dryad & UNC Chapel Hill
  • 11:15 – 11:30 am | Coffee
  • 11:30 – 1 pm | Session 5 | Altmetrics: Do They Measure Anything Useful?
    • Molly McCarthy, UC Davis
    • Nettie Lagace, National Information Standards Organization
    • Anurag Acharya, Google Scholar
    • Jennifer Lin, Public Library Of Science
  • 1:00 – 2:30 pm | Lunch
  • 2:30 – 4:00 pm | Session 6 | Assessment
    • Linda Katehi, Chancellor, UC Davis
    • Sarah Greene, Rapid Science
    • Margie Ferguson, Modern Language Association & UC Davis
    • Kerry Ann O’ Meara, University of Maryland
    • Josh Rosenbloom,  STAR METRICS
  • 4 – 4:15 pm | Coffee Break
  • 4:15 – 5 pm | Closing Discussion | What we have learned, where we are now, & what we need to do next
    • Discussants: Yochai Benkler (Harvard), Mario Biagioli (UC Davis), Jonathan Eisen (UC Davis), Josh Greenberg (Sloan Foundation), Heather Joseph (SPARC), and MacKenzie Smith (UC Davis).
  • 5 – 6 pm | Bonus Session | Lightning Talks

** Ideas for posters, demos, and bonus session lightning talks are invited. If interested please contact with a brief description and the organizers will review your request.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the following hotel:
Best Western Palm Court Hotel 234 D Street, Davis Ca 95616 Telephone: 530 753 7100 Discount Room rate $137 if reserved by December 31, 2013. Discount Group Name: IFHA Grant Project

The meeting is on the campus of the University of California, Davis in Davis, CA.  It will be held in the Multipurpose Room (MPR) on the second floor of the Student Community Center, in the center of UC Davis Campus.  The street address is 397 Hutchison Dr, Davis, CA.


By Air: The closest airport is Sacramento (SMF) which is about 25 minutes away.  Other nearby airports include Oakland ((OAK) and San Francisco (SFO) which are both about 1.5 hours away.


By Train: There is an Amtrak stop in Davis, about a 15 minute walk from the meeting venue.  The Amtrak Capitol Corridor train runs throughout the day from the Bay Area to Davis (and back).


By Bike: Bikes can be brought on the Amtrak train and then it is a short ride from the station to the meeting venue.  There is bike parking right in front of the meeting venue.


By Car: Driving directions can be obtained here (via Yelp) and here (via Google Maps).  Note that there are no cars allowed on the central campus. The closest visitor parking is in the West Entry Parking Structure or Visitor Parking Lot 40 on Hutchinson Drive, or Visitor Parking Lot 5 on Old Davis Road, and costs $8 per day. It is a 5-10 minute walk from the parking lots to the conference venue. From the UC Davis Web Site:


From San Francisco Bay Area or Sacramento to the West Entry Parking Structure Take Interstate 80 West to Highway 113 north exit. Exit on Russell Boulevard and turn right on Russell Boulevard. Make a right on La Rue Road. Make a left onto Hutchison Drive, and make a left into the Parking Structure.


From San Francisco Bay Area or Sacramento to Visitor Parking Lot 40/41 Take Interstate 80 West to Highway 113 north exit. Exit on Russell Boulevard and turn right on Russell Boulevard. Turn Right onto La Rue Road. Make a left onto Hutchison Drive, and make a right into Parking Lot 40/41.

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