The International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) is an organization dedicated to serving the community of editors and others who run scholarly journals. ISMTE has hosted annual meetings in North America and Europe for several years, but this year will see the society expand into Asia. The 1st Annual Asian Conference will be held April 4th and 5th at the Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay in Singapore. To learn some more about this exciting new opportunity, we caught up with Jennifer Deyton, Senior Partner at J&J Editorial and Program Chair for the ISMTE Asian Conference. Our conversation continues below, but if you would like more information about the conference, visit the ISMTE event page. A preliminary agenda is also available.
Ben Mudrak: Thanks for agreeing to share a bit about ISMTE’s new conference plans. Before we get to the Singapore event, can you tell us a bit about ISMTE? Who are its members, and what is the mission of the organization?
Jennifer Deyton: ISMTE was founded in August 2007 by a small group of managing editors and others involved in peer review management and journal publishing operations. We now have over 800 members across all continents. Our mission is to connect the community of professionals committed to the peer review and publication of academic and scholarly journals. We provide peer-to-peer networking, education and training, research and resources for best practices, and development of journal policy. This takes place through our website resources, through our discussion forum, through local groups, and most successfully through our annual conferences.
ISMTE’s mission, as described on its website: “The mission of the International Society of Managing & Technical Editors (ISMTE) is to connect the community of professionals committed to the peer review and publication of academic and scholarly journals. ISMTE provides peer-to-peer networking, education and training, research and resources for best practices, and development of journal policy.”
In line with the statement above, our mission in Singapore is to connect the community of professionals based in the East Asian region both with colleagues in that particular geographic context and with those in the North American/European region. A second intent of the conference is to provide the resources, training, and education available at North American and European conferences to the professional community in East Asia.
BM: I see that this will be the first ISMTE conference in Asia. Why was the organization interested in establishing a meeting in this region?
JD: To date, we have held conferences annually in North America and Europe. These have proved to be extremely successful opportunities for helping managing editor professionals to network, collaborate, and learn. A couple of years back, the Board felt that the Society should launch a similar annual conference in Asia. We are, after all, an international society, and our membership profile increasingly reflected this. There are many editorial office and peer review managers in the region who we feel will benefit from the opportunities provided by our conference, and we feel that the Society will mutually benefit from the insights and experience of people within this part of the world.
The very name of ISMTE (International Society of Managing and Technical Editors) indicates its international focus. Its resources as well as associated opportunities for networking and professional advancement must necessarily be accessible to a global audience in order to live up to its stated intent as a society. The growth of our field of publishing in Asia makes this region a priority, as more members may be there to benefit from a conference such as this.
BM: What is the focus of this year’s conference? Can you share some of the major topics or themes that will be discussed?
JD: The focus of the program is Best Practicing in Scholarly Publishing. Our Keynote Panel will highlight three professionals leading the industry in conversations about different forms of peer review and maintaining ethics in the peer review process, regardless of your workflow. We will have sessions on broader topics affecting our industry such as Open Access, Standards, Metrics, Platforms, and other topics of interest. We will also have hands-on sessions including a COPE seminar and workshop, as well as a workshop on posters and abstracts. In addition, we will bring in some of the larger manuscript tracking software programs for break out sessions that will provide up close and personal contact and demonstrations of these systems. We will also have many schedule and organized networking opportunities and a dine-around to experience a little of Singapore.
BM: Thanks very much for sharing. This sounds like a great event, and we hope it’s a huge success!
Research Square is proud to collaborate with the ISMTE by serving on the North American conference planning committee and hosting an ISMTE local group in North Carolina.
Jenn Deyton is Senior Partner at J&J Editorial and an ISMTE Board member. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Utah and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Duke University.