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NISO Virtual Conference, The Preprint - Integrating The Form Into the Scholarly Ecosystem

According to Wikipedia, the preprint is a “version of a scholarly or scientific paper that precedes publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly or scientific journal”. Preprint archives, such as arXiv and SSRN, rapidly achieved prominence in both the hard and social sciences as rapid access to new work became a priority. It’s wonderful to have those platforms, but what are best practices for libraries and other content providers in working with them? Should preprints be assigned DOIs? What relationship should exist between pre-prints and discovery services? What is the interoperability with link resolvers like? What are the implications for citation practices?

Darla Henderson


Assistant Director, Open Access Programs, ACS Publications

Darla Henderson, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director of Open Access Programs, Publications Division, at the American Chemical Society. She is responsible for the conception, development, and execution of ACS’s multi-faceted open access publishing strategy, including expanded license options, rewards, ecommerce, hybrid and fully open access journals in the ACS portfolio, and is co-leading the development and launch of ChemRxiv, a preprint server for the chemistry community. She is a frequent speaker at key publishing industry and chemistry events, and 7 products under her lead have been awarded PSP/SSP Best of Awards . Follow her on twitter @DarlaPHenderson (personal) and ACS on twitter @ACSPublications (corporate).

Gregg Gordon


President and CEO, Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

GREGORY J. GORDON holds dual roles for the Research Products division of Elsevier; Managing Director of SSRN and Knowledge Lifecycle Management. SSRN is a leading Open Access multi-disciplinary online repository focused on providing Tomorrow’s Research Today for early stage scholarly research. In May 2016 SSRN joined Elsevier, the world’s leading provider of scientific content and solutions. Since joining Elsevier, SSRN has grown from 20 to 50 discipline based research networks and includes 900,000 papers and has delivered over 140,000,000 downloads to date. In January 2019, he expanded his role to work across the organization to build trusted relationships with researchers, institutions, funders, and other publishers, and help identify solutions for making the Knowledge Lifecycle more efficient. Prior to helping Michael C. Jensen found SSRN in 1994, Gregg started his career at KPMG and worked at or founded entrepreneurial companies in technology and health care. Gregg regularly speaks around the world and writes regularly about scholarly research and the changes needed to create innovative research faster. He co-authored The Question of Data Integrity in Article-Level Metrics published by PLOS Biology and gave a TEDx talk, Trust to the Power of One, in May 2019.

Jamie Wittenberg


Head, Scholarly Communication, Indiana University - Bloomington

Jamie Wittenberg is Head of the Scholarly Communication Department at the IU Libraries. Her work focuses on enabling open access to scholarship, facilitating reuse, and advocating for transparent research practices. Jamie and her team run an institutional repository for the IU research community as well as an open journal publishing platform. Jamie is working in collaboration with library developers to operationalize workflows from the IU faculty reporting system to the institutional repository. Jamie’s current research includes work on preprint deposit pipelines, pedagogical models for data services, personal digital archiving methods, and NSF and Sloan-funded research on publishing digital 3D objects.

John Inglis


Executive Director, Cold Spring Harbor Press

John Inglis graduated from Edinburgh University Medical School with a Ph.D. in immunology and soon afterwards joined the editorial staff of the weekly medical journal The Lancet. Three years later, he founded the monthly review journal, Immunology Today (now Trends in Immunology) and edited it for seven years while launching and managing other journals. Inglis has authored articles on biomedicine for British newspapers and New Scientist magazine. In 1987, he came to the United States to found Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, building on a respected publishing program that consisted then of the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium proceedings, a small number of monographs and manuals, and the 6-month-old journal Genes & Development. Today, the Press is a digital publisher of 9 journals, 200 books in print and electronic formats, and online media with varied business models. It has developed two of the world’s top genetics journals as well as many laboratory manuals, handbooks, and monographs that scientists worldwide regard as essential. The mission of the Press is to create publications and services that help scientists succeed, while contributing funds to the Laboratory and maintaining its exceptional reputation in scientific communication and education. Inglish also co-founded and manages bioRxiv, a service of the Laboratory launched in 2013 that has become the largest source of preprints of research papers in the life sciences.

Mark Seeley


Principal, SciPubLaw

MARK SEELEY, consults on science publishing and legal issues through SciPubLaw LLC (, and comments (including on twitter at regularly on publishing, licensing and copyright issues, including recently on the European Digital Single Market. Mark retired in December 2017 from his position as General Counsel for the science publisher and information analytics provider Elsevier. Mark served on the Copyright Committees of both the International STM Association (from 2004-2016 as chair) and the Association of American Publishers. Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Copyright Clearance Center, and is a member of the Copyright Society of the USA and the Society for Scholarly Publishing. Admitted in Massachusetts and New York. Mark is currently adjunct faculty (international intellectual property law) at Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

Matt Spitzer


Community Manager Center, Open Science

Matt is the Community Manager at the Center for Open Science, and works with communities interested in using and expanding the public-goods infrastructure based on the OSF. He works directly with researchers, their institutions, and their funders to improve transparency, foster collaboration, and extend the visibility of research at all levels. Find Matt's work online here:

Neil Thakur


Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health

Oya Rieger


Senior Advisor, Ithaka S&R

Oya Y. Rieger is the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Preservation Services and the Program Director for Her program involves the full lifecycle management of digital and print scholarly content, including selection, creation, design, publishing, delivery, preservation, and conservation. She has provided leadership in various initiatives that promotes new and sustainable models of scholarly communication. She holds an M.S. in Public Administration (University of Oklahoma), an M.S. in Information Systems (Columbia University), and a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction (Cornell University).