The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is piloting a new programme for connecting scholarly publishing professionals with others who share interests, concerns, and the goal of advancing their collective understanding or sharing best practices and ideas. The Communities of Interest Network (CoIN) will launch this new program with two pilot communities. Communities of interest will rely on virtual (or occasionally face-to-face meetings), and web-based collaborative environments to communicate, connect, and conduct community discussions and activities.
The first community, Humanities, and Social Sciences (HSS) Publishing Professionals will provide a space for HSS professionals to discuss issues, best practices, and policies and provide networking opportunities. Primary engagement would be through a C3 community, where participants can share their questions and network.
If there is interest, regular online events to network or address particular topics facing HSS publishers would also be planned. This group will be facilitated by Laura Ansley, Managing Editor at the American Historical Association, and Dawn Durante, Editor-in-Chief at the University of Texas Press.
The second community, Early Career Publishing Professionals, will provide a dedicated space for individuals new to the publishing field to network, connect, learn, and grow. During monthly virtual meetups amongst participants for general networking or focused educational topics, group facilitators will encourage questions/engagement and provide attendees an opportunity to chat.
This group will be facilitated by Gabrielle Bethancourt-Hughes, Assistant Editor, Digital Product Management, Wiley, and Hans Koelsch, Director, Publishing, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Bethencourt-Hughes and Koelsch are both members of the SSP Early Career Sub-committee, and this group is an extension of the subcommittee's charge.
These two communities are now accepting applications from interested participants. While future communities may be limited to SSP members, these pilot communities are open to anyone within the field of scholarly communications. Participants should be willing to learn from others and contribute so that others learn from them. The pilot communities are expected to start convening before the end of July.
In the fall, the Community Engagement Committee, which oversees this new program, will evaluate suggestions for new communities of interest. These communities will have the autonomy to define their focus areas, size, method/frequency of communication, objectives, and rules for engagement. Community members, in most cases, must be SSP members in good standing and are subject to SSP's Code of Conduct. Each community is managed by one or more community facilitators and supported by the Community Engagement Committee.Click here to read the original press release.