PLATFORM STRATEGIES delivers opportunities for scholarly and professional publishing leaders to learn, network, and share their thoughts on the technology and strategy trends shaping the industry. Bringing together case studies, innovators in adjacent industries, and in-depth discussions on the hot topics, Platform Strategies offers powerful insights for publishing leaders. This year, the popular in-person event returns to Washington, DC on September 25th to tackle the technology challenges facing the scholarly publishing industry.

Register now: use code PS24-EARLY for $50 off the ticket price through July 1st.

platform strategies 2024, September 25, washington, dc

Platform Strategies attracts 150+ thought leaders and decision-makers from across our industry for a day of engaging, inspiring discussions, with ample networking built in to the day. A third of attendees are C-Suite and Executives, and another 40% are senior leaders at their organizations. Read what they had to say about the meeting here.

View the preliminary agenda below, then save your seat at this "not-to-be-missed" event!

"As usual, Silverchair put on an interesting, thought-provoking, community event." —Colleen Scollans, Clarke & Esposito

"A provoking, informative, and very stimulating time at Platform Strategies. An excellent series of prescient, meaningful discussions on AI, leadership, marketing strategies, publishing integrity, and of course, platform strategies for today, tomorrow, and looking boldly forward to the years to come." —Richard di Santo, JMIR


  • 8:30 AM - Breakfast & Check-in
  • 9:00 AM - Welcome: Platform Strategies brings together speakers on the biggest topics influencing scholarly technology. Silverchair CEO Will Schweitzer will review the themes driving innovation and preview the day’s events.
  • 9:20 AM - Opening Keynote: Innovating with Purpose & Adaptability
  • 9:50 AM - What's your strategy if there is no platform? The very nature of scholarly platforms faces uncertainty as influences like aggregation, OA mandates, and now AI have disrupted the way users experience research content. So what happens if platforms disappear entirely? If content discovery and usage occur outside of publisher-controlled venues? This panel will discuss aspects like licensing, analytics, and the role of members in a possible disintermediated future.
  • 10:40 AM - Networking Break: Refresh, refuel, and catch up with other attendees in our networking lounges.
  • 11:00 AM - Table Topics: Risk & Reward: How do your organizations balance a conservative approach to risk with the opportunity risk of not moving fast enough? How can / do smaller organizations manage risk versus large ones? For-profit versus nonprofit? What are examples of risk-taking you've witnessed in our industry? How have you supported innovation and entrepreneurship in your own organizations? This session will kick off with a short presentation, followed by small group discussions.
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch
  • 1:30 PM - Who funds innovation? Scholarly publishing has long been plagued by the question, who pays? For OA, for infrastructure, for innovation? As a somewhat niche and highly developed industry, is scholarly publishing still investable? If so, by whom?
  • 2:15 PM - Pitch Tank: Innovation dollars can best be spent to achieve _____: You’re given a million dollars to fund a key need in scholarly publishing—how do you leverage it? For cost-savings? Open Access? Research integrity? DEIA? Hear pitches from industry innovators, then vote on where you’d put YOUR money.
  • 3:15 PM - Networking Break
  • 3:35 PM - The Trough of AI Disillusionment: What have we learned? Two years after ChatGPT irreversibly shifted the technology landscape, we find ourselves sliding into what Gartner’s Hype Cycle calls “the trough of disillusionment,” where interest begins to wane as initial experiments and implementations fail to deliver. What can we learn from these early ventures, and what are we hearing from early adopters that can inform our path forward?
  • 4:00 PM - Closing Keynote: Reid Blackman: Renowned AI Ethicist and Philosopher Advising Leaders on Ethical AI Principles for Risk Mitigation; Founder and CEO, Virtue Ethics Consultancy; Founding Member, Ernst & Young’s Artificial Intelligence Advisory Board; Author of Ethical Machines
  • 5:30 PM - Closing Reception at Wild Days

This event is generously sponsored by DCL , PSI /Touchstone, & Digital Science. Email to inquire about the two remaining sponsorships, to suggest a speaker, or with any questions about the event.

Platform strategies: with thanks to our sponsors, DCL, PSI, and Digital Science

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