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At Elsevier, we’re gaining valuable experience with the Society for Scholarly Publishing

September 26, 2023

By Simon Holt, Meredith Adinolfi

The Board of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Author Simon Holt is on the far left and author Meredith Adinolfi is in the blue pants.

Colleagues from Elsevier and the SSP are working together for a more equitable, transparent and sustainable future in scholarly publishing.

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)opens in new tab/window brings together people from across scholarly publishing — including publishers, librarians and vendors — to discuss industry trends and challenges, share perspectives, and learn from each other’s experiences. At Elsevier, we value taking part in these conversations. They relate to our mission to help researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We work together to address common challenges to make scholarly publishing more equitable, transparent and sustainable.

In May, several hundred people convened in Portland, Oregon, for the 45th Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Annual Meetingopens in new tab/window. The theme of the conference was “Transformation, Trust, and Transparency,” and major topics included publishing ethics, AI and its role in research integrity, technological innovation for workflow optimization, and open access for sustainable development.

The program featured thought leaders from across scholarly publishing, including several Elsevier representatives. During the conference, Elsevier was recognized for its contribution to SSP’s Generations Fundopens in new tab/window, which creates inclusive opportunities for the publishing thought leaders of tomorrow to fullfil their potential.

We both represent Elsevier on the SSP Board of Directors (Meredith as VP, Publishing Operations, and Simon as Head of Central Strategies, Content Acquisition). We serve on committees and support the community in various capacities. In the process, we’ve gained valuable skills and experience that have helped us in our work with Elsevier.

The conference further strengthened the already strong bonds between Elsevier and SSP. Elsevier has been an organizational member of SSP for many years, supporting its work and ensuring that our employees can take part in SSP programs and serve on its committees. As part of this organizational membership, Elsevier employees are entitled to various benefits, including discounts to SSP’s events.

SSP’s volunteer-driven committees work to facilitate conversations that focus on learning and sharing our collective knowledge and also pursue initiatives to improve the industry from multiple angles (for example, SSP is deeply engaged with C4DISCopens in new tab/window’s work to create inclusive, industry-specific toolkits for equity). Elsevier employees play an active part in several SSP committees, including the committees for Education; the Annual Meeting Program; Membership; Early Career; and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility.

Trina Arpinopens in new tab/window, Deputy Managing Editor for Cellopens in new tab/window, joined SSP in 2019 when she was asked to present in a session on publishing videos at the annual meeting. She joined the membership committee, where she has worked to align benefits with what members, including organizations, value the most.

“For me,” she said, “the real benefit of SSP has been in conversations with other members — through committee work, discussions within Elsevier, or by attending the annual meeting. These discussions provide a valuable perspective on how a variety of stakeholders, including librarians and commercial, university and society publishers, view challenges and opportunities for the industry.”

SSP also runs a program of webinars and seminarsopens in new tab/window on timely topics. Elsevier employees regularly contribute to these discussions, helping to take our industry forward in meaningful ways. Shirley Decker-Luckeopens in new tab/window, Director of Content for SSRN — Elsevier’s open access online preprint community — has been actively involved with SSP for the past six years. She has presented and moderated on various topics at the annual meeting, presented and moderated webinars, and served on the Education Committee. While representing Elsevier, she also learns a lot herself, she said: “This has been a wonderful way to share my own thinking and expertise and also learn from others in areas such as innovation, future thinking in scholarly publishing, and the role of books and preprints.”

One of SSP’s most popular initiatives is its Mentorship Programopens in new tab/window, which matches publishing industry professionals together to aid mutual professional development. Elsevier employees regularly serve as both mentors and mentees. Here, Elsevier colleagues share their experiences and how participation has aided their daily work:

“I joined SSP to participate in the Mentorship program with the goal of increasing my network and developing skills to support my career. I’ve been matched with an amazing mentor who works in a completely different area of publishing, and it’s really increased my perspective to opportunities, challenges, and needs across our industry. I am so grateful that Elsevier is a participating member of SSP so I could have access to this opportunity – it’s been a huge benefit for me personally and professionally.”

Jennie GIles


Jennie Giles

Head of Marketing, Cell Press at Elsevier

“I was involved both as a mentor and as a mentee. This allowed me to practice and enhance my leadership and coaching skills as well as expand my network. It’s wonderful that Elsevier supported my growth by encouraging me to participate as one of my development goals.”

Sarah Huggett


Sarah Huggett

VP, Global Research Solutions at Elsevier

“The mentor I was paired with has been really outstanding. He was incredibly helpful with some specific issues I was working through during the program and has continued to support my career since then, providing invaluable advice and perspective as we’ve kept in touch over the years. Elsevier's support of my membership enabled me to join SSP's Career Development committee a few years ago; I now work specifically with the mentorship program, helping others in the community make the same sort of connections that I continue to benefit from.”

Alisa Clark


Alisa Clark

Production Editor, Cell Press at Elsevier

I have been involved with SSP since 2018, initially via the cross-company mentoring scheme, having benefitted from being mentored by two industry members (one in books commissioning; the other a senior sales director). I have found their mentoring scheme to be very effective.”

Jason Mitchell


Jason Mitchell

Senior Acquisitions Editor at Elsevier

At Elsevier, we seek to actively engage with our environment to better serve the communities we are a part of. Through industry organizations like SSP, we can help to lead publishing industry conversations and shape our collective future.


Meredith Adinolfi


Meredith Adinolfi

CP of Publishing Operations, Cell Press