The ScholarOne Manuscripts User Conference 2016

Ten years ago, we held the inaugural ScholarOne Manuscripts User Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia. Users from around the world gathered for two days of education and networking, to meet both their peers and many of the team from ScholarOne. Since then the conference has grown both in numbers of attendees and locations, taking in Europe and North America, with meetings held in Washington DC, London, Brussels, Lisbon, and Fort Lauderdale. In 2016, we arrived in Music City — Nashville, Tennessee.

Attendees ranged from the larger scholarly publishers to academic societies, hailing from the US, Europe, Japan, and Pakistan, with many attendees returning from previous conferences but also with no shortage of new faces making their debut. With an introduction and welcome from Josh Dahl, Head of Publishing and Associations, our full program began with James Testa’s keynote, in which he managed to set the world of scholarly publishing to a soundtrack of Bach. The agenda covered core areas such as product feature updates and future direction, but didn't stop there.

Partnerships constitute one area that is featuring highly in our development plans, so we were delighted to welcome John Hammersley from Overleaf, David Sommer from Kudos, Chuck Hemenway from the Copyright Clearance Center, and Andrew Preston from Publons for a panel session covering their products how they will feature and benefit users of ScholarOne Manuscripts.

Other presentations included a look at how to understand and measure the impact of published articles, the new Emerging Sources Citation Index and content selection processes, system integrations using web services — including a case study from Brett Holte of ACSESS — and an update on ORCID from Alice Meadows with a focus on how ORCID iDs in ScholarOne Manuscripts can benefit both users and publishers.

The conference finished with an interactive product management workshop, an opportunity for users to feed directly — literally! — into product development. (The user conference, in fact, is our largest focus group.) This session provided a wealth of suggestions and, for some reason, a number of cryptic references to the TV program Game of Thrones. You probably had to be there.

Closing with a prize ceremony, we wishes our users all the best for the year ahead. The ScholarOne Manuscripts User conference continues to be an ideal venue to learn more about the product and meet both other users and the people behind the scenes. We thank everyone who attended and, for the tenth year running, made it such a successful and entertaining event.

Here are a few pictures from the event!