ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing: The finalists

Video of the lightning session that showcased the 2019 ALPSP Awards finalists. Winners were announced at the Awards Dinner on Thursday 12 September. Wednesday 11 September, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM (1 Hour)

Presentation of the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2019

Video of the presentation of the ALPSP Awards for Innovation 2019.  Your host for the evening was David Sommer from Kudos. Thursday 12 September, 7:30 PM

This year’s finalists were:

BMJ Best Practice from BMJ with 67 Bricks
preLights from the Company of Biologists
Ripeta from Scite, Inc
Read the press release here.

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Awards Finalists – Ripeta
Awards Finalists – BMJ Best Practice and 67 Bricks
Awards Finalists – preLights

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[00:00:15.53] WAYNE SIME: Well, I hope you all enjoyed your dinner. And thank you again to our generous sponsor, Atypon. We will come to the main ALPSP award shortly. But before that, we have another presentation to make to the person who did the most laps at the Fun Run this afternoon in aid of FODAD.
[00:00:40.79] For those of you who don’t know about FODAD, this is a charity that was set up by Della Sar, who worked in scientific publishing for her entire career, and who was caught up in the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka in 2004. As a thank you to the fisherman who saved her life and to the village he came from, Della set up FODAD, with the aim of helping the villagers regain their lives. Over the years, generous ALPSP delegates have undertaken various challenges to support this fundraising. And you can see the ALPSP boat and water tank bear testimony to this. Most recently, your donations have contributed towards funding teachers for the village school. Let’s hear from some of the children who have benefited from this.
[00:01:38.49] [VIDEO PLAYBACK] [00:01:38.96] – Hi. Good afternoon. We are the students of Friends of Della and Don classroom. I’m Kishmi. I’m the eldest student of this class. First of all, I would like to give my gratitude to members of ALPSP charity. And also, thank you very much members of all the charity. And I would like to say that we are located in this classroom. And we have to remember the fortune we have. And also, we appreciate your helping. And thank you Della and Don who help us a lot. Thank you, again and again, all of you, thank you.
[00:02:19.62] – I’m Ashan. Thank you very much, members of ALPSP charity for helping us do our studies. We are doing very well. And thank you Della and Don very much, who help us a lot. And thank you old members and new members for your kindness. Thank you.
[00:02:47.01] – Good afternoon. We are the students of Friends of Della and Don classroom. I am Natasha. I would like to thank you members of ALPSP for helping. We do our studies well and we have good teachers also. We can understand math because of this class. And also, thank you for Della and Don who help us through all the charity. Thank you and God bless.
[00:03:16.39] [APPLAUSE] [00:03:24.23] WAYNE SIME: I think you will all agree, this is such a worthy cause. So if you haven’t donated yet, please do– details on the FODAD page, on the conference website, or ALPSP. But now I will hand over to Della herself to make the award.
[00:03:41.60] [APPLAUSE] [00:03:42.09] [MUSIC – MUSE, “STARLIGHT”] [00:03:55.14] DELLA SAR: Thank you so much, Wayne. And thank you, thank, you thank you to everybody at ALPSP. We’re now nearly 15 years since the tsunami. And without the help and support of the publishing friends and colleagues I’ve made throughout my years in publishing, I know that we could never have done any of these things.
[00:04:15.99] Those kids could not speak a word of English when I first met them. And there are two people in this room– I’m not staring at you, Sarah and Toby– but have both been out there, and witnessed what we do there, and met some of these people. And I can’t tell you what it really means to them to be able to speak English now because you’ve supported a teacher.
[00:04:40.20] It means they’re going to get jobs in the future. And without jobs, they’ll never have independence. So thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you a million times again. Now I’ve got the trophy here somewhere. It was–
[00:04:52.49] WAYNE SIME: It’s in front of you.
[00:04:52.96] DELLA SAR: Oh, it’s in front of me.
[00:04:53.87] [LAUGHTER] [00:04:55.82] And I’ve only had one glass of wine, because I’m driving. So this was all a bit difficult, because everybody did so well running round. I only did one lap, myself. And that was walking. But I’m really glad that so many people participated and wanted to participate. And so many people have donated. And thank you so much.
[00:05:25.40] Now, I believe this is a shared reward, two people who I think went round together. And I understand it’s Jonathan Griffin and Erin who did the most laps. So if you’re both here, would you like to come up and tear this apart?
[00:05:43.69] [APPLAUSE] [00:05:43.81] [MUSIC – WALK THE MOON, “SHUT UP AND DANCE”] Don’t you dare look back. Just keep your eyes on me. I said you’re holding back. She said shut up and dance with me. This woman is my destiny. She said ooh, shut up and dance with me.
[00:06:01.33] A backless dress and some beat up sneaks, my discotheque Juliet teenage dream– I felt it in my chest as she looked at me. I knew we were bound to be together, bound to be together. She took my arm. I don’t know how it happened. We took the floor. She said, Oh don’t you dare look back.
[00:06:26.69] WAYNE SIME: OK, I would now like to introduce Patrick Alexander, who is an ALPSP director, who will present the ALPSP Award for Contribution to Scholarly Publishing– Patrick.
[00:06:38.28] [MUSIC – CFF EA, “RATHER BE”] If you gave me a chance, I would take it. It’s a shot in the dark, but I’ll make it. Know with all of your heart–
[00:06:48.14] Thanks very much, Wayne. It’s my pleasure to be here. It was my first ALPSP. And it certainly won’t be my last. I really enjoyed meeting everybody and being involved in council. It’s quite a privilege to be here.
[00:07:04.21] In more than 20 years in scholarly communication, Ann Michael, who I would like to invite to come up here, has made a considerable impact on her colleagues, on peers, on the industry at large. She founded the strategic consultant Delta Think in 2005. And through her leadership, it has grown from a single consultant to an extended team working for over 115 clients worldwide.
[00:07:35.66] Ann is an ardent believer in data-informed decision making. And she was instrumental in the 2017 launch of Delta Thinks’ open-access Data and Analytics Tool, which contributes greatly to an industry education to open access trends, benchmarks, and funding mandates. Ann has recently transitioned to Chair of the Delta Think Tank Board. And she is now serves as Chief Digital Officer at PLOS. Ann, would you come up?
[00:08:06.88] [MUSIC – CALVIN HARRIS, “FEEL SO CLOSE”] [00:08:44.92] ANN MICHAEL: Well, I was actually shocked when I found out that I won this. I didn’t even know that I had been nominated. And I really appreciate it. One of the things that has kept me in this industry– I’ve been in nine different industries, but somehow this one has lasted 20 years, the rest of them were a lot faster– is just the amazing people and the dedication. And I love working with all of you and hope to do so for another 20 years. Thanks.
[00:09:09.41] [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE] [00:09:19.28] WAYNE SIME: I would now like to hand over to David Sommer, who will compare the ALPSP Awards for Innovation and introduce tonight’s quiz. Thank you.
[00:09:27.55] [MUSIC – EUROPE, “THE FINAL COUNTDOWN”] It’s the final countdown. The final–
[00:09:37.12] DAVID SOMMER: Good evening. So it’s time for the winner to be announced for the ALPSP Innovation Awards. I’m David Sommer. I chair the panel of judges. And it’s a tremendous privilege to do that.
[00:09:48.52] And before we announce the winner, I want to introduce somebody from MPS to come and join us. MPS have sponsored these awards for many years. And it wouldn’t be possible without them. So please, could I ask Yamini Arora to come up and say a few words? Yamini.
[00:10:01.10] [MUSIC – IMAGINE DRAGONS, “ON TOP OF THE WORLD”] ‘Cause I’m on top of the world, hey. I’m on top of the world, hey. Waiting on this for a while now.
[00:10:07.67] YAMINI ARORA: Thanks, David. MPS is pleased to present these awards as part of our commitment to innovation in publishing. Innovation is at the heart of everything that we do. And MPS’ goal is to make publishing smarter. So with that, congratulations to everybody that was shortlisted. And congratulations most of all to the winner. And thank you for very engaging presentations yesterday. That was great to see. Good luck to everybody, and congratulations.
[00:10:36.10] [APPLAUSE] [00:10:41.85] DAVID SOMMER: OK, so before announcing the winner, I mentioned our tremendous panel of judges yesterday. And I’d just like to name check them, because they do such amazing work three or four days of their life each year going through all those applications. So our award judging panel this year were Andrew Barker from Liverpool John Moores University, Kivmars Bowling from SIAM, Cath Cotton from IHE Delft, Lorraine Estelle from COUNTER, Richard Gedye, publishing consultant and quizmaster, Jane Harvell, University of Sussex, Robert Iannello, ARM Education Media, David Smith from the IET, and Jo Wixon from Wiley. So could we give our judges a round of applause?
[00:11:18.92] [APPLAUSE] [00:11:25.35] So if you were here for yesterday’s finalist session, you would have seen the extremely high standard we had of our four finalists. I’m sure you’ll agree that all very worthy finalists. So just to remind you of who our four finalists are– and I’m going to ask them just to stand up and sort of wave when I call them out so you can see where they are. There is BMJ Best Practice. Where is BMJ Best Practice? Over there, hello.
[00:11:45.62] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [00:11:47.29] [00:11:50.50] PreLights from the Company of Biologists, where is preLights?
[00:11:53.56] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [00:11:54.94] Somewhere over there. There they go.
[00:12:00.77] Ripeta, where is Ripeta? Over there.
[00:12:03.90] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [00:12:07.26] And scite, where is scite? There is scite over there, very good.
[00:12:12.05] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [00:12:14.50] OK, and with submissions from such many different sectors and aspects of our industry, a number of themes came out in the applications, which kind of sort of went across many of the applications, which were trust, integrity, reproducibility, and access to research. And I think those four themes are reflected in our finalists. So now it is time to reveal the winner. This year, There. Is one winner. Tonight’s winner of the 2019 ALPSP Award for Innovation in Publishing is–
[00:12:45.09] [HEART BEATING] [00:12:46.51] [LAUGHTER] [00:12:53.17] –scite.
[00:12:54.27] [MUSIC – SIGALA AND PALOMA FAITH, “LULLABY”] So sing to me. Need the sound of your sweet melody, so sing to me. Need the sound of your sweet melody, so sing to me.
[00:13:18.07] ‘Cause I just need your song, something to sing along. When I’m not feeling strong, I need you to sing me your sweet lullaby. Need the sound of your sweet melody, so sing to me.
[00:13:33.95] JOSH NICHOLSON: So A, I didn’t think I was going to win, because clearly, I’m wearing jeans. And second, no one told me that you guys are all dressed so nice. And so thank you everyone for this. And thanks for listening to me. And hopefully I’ll start to email you all after this and we’ll actually do things to move this forward. So thanks very much for this. And thanks.
[00:13:51.59] [APPLAUSE] [00:13:52.01] DAVID SOMMER: Great, Josh from scite.
[00:13:53.28] [MUSIC – SIGALA AND PALOMA FAITH, “LULLABY”] Need the sound of your sweet melody, so sing to me. ‘Cause I just need your
[00:13:59.29] song.
[00:14:00.26] DAVID SOMMER: So that’s it for the ALPSP Innovation Awards for this year. Thank you very much to everybody that entered. Congratulations to all four of our finalists and to scite, the winner. And if you’re thinking that you might like to be up on stage next year, it’s not too early to start thinking about your submissions for 2020. So have a think.
[00:14:17.12] So it’s now time to move on to the final part of the evening, which is the quiz. And that means it’s time for me to introduce you to our team quizmaster. Some say that he likes to arrange his 37 pairs of shoes in order of hex color code and that he is a man who absolutely refuses to go compare. But before I invite him up onto the stage, he has asked me to prepare you for tonight. So what I need you to do is, I need everyone to be very quiet, very still, breathe, feel yourself grounded, because you’re all going to go to sleep. Everybody is going to go into a hypnotic state.
[00:15:04.24] [AMBIENT MUSIC PLAYING] [00:15:05.33] You’re going to be taken deep down. And you’re going to follow my commands. So when you wake up, the first thing you will do is you will notice that you have woken up in the most amazing ALPSP Innovation Awards, and finalists, and quiz ever.
[00:15:22.09] You will notice the quizmaster is 20 years younger than he really is. And when he comes to the stage, you will all stand up and cheer wildly to show your appreciation of his quiz mastery. And 3, 2, 1, you’re back in the room, eyes open, wide awake. Please welcome our quizmaster for this evening, the man I call Gedyepedia, but to you, he’s Mr. Richard Gedye.
[00:15:42.91] [MUSIC – CALVIN HARRIS, “LET’S GO”] Let’s go. Let’s go.