10 - 11 January 2023, Berlin

About the Event

Out with the old,
In with the new!

Almost 20 years after the ‘Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities’: APE 2023 calls for action. Since 2004 a lot of progress has been made in Open Access, but in spite of the DEALS and a fast-growing number of transformative agreements, we are still far from a world with unlimited exchange of information. We need fewer barriers and better technology for equitable access and sustainable preservation. The multi-platform approach is hard to navigate through for researchers, librarians and information specialists. Are we prepared for the global flip? Trust, peer review, research integrity and existing technology that might bring us closer to solutions are not yet fully integrated in today’s workflows. In our (mostly) open world, creating, distributing and consuming information has never been easier.


10 & 11 January 2023
With a Pre-conference
on Monday, January 9th.

ESMT Berlin, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany

But how do you know what’s trustworthy? In short, what are the greatest challenges for researchers, publishers, librarians, and others involved in scientific communications?

Event Schedule

Monday , 9 January 2023

Full Conference

Day 1

Tuesday, 10 January 2023

Doors Open

Welcome Coffee


A Short Welcome

Marta Dossi, CEO, Berlin Institute for Scholarly Publishing (BISP)

Day Moderation:  Dr. Jasmin Lange, CPO, Brill 

Greetings & Opening

Prof. Dr. Geraldine Rauch, President, Technical University Berlin


Leadership Panel:
Embracing the New

Chair: Dr. Caroline Sutton, CEO, The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), Oxford/The Hague

This panel brings together leaders within the STM publishing industry for a thoughtful discussion related to the 2023 APE theme: Almost 20 years after the ‘Berlin Declaration on Open Access’: Building Technological Support for Scholarship and Scientific Publishing.

In conjunction with this theme, we will discuss topics connected to the question of: What are the greatest opportunities to achieve a scholarly communications system built for the 21st century?


Judy Verses, President, Academic and Government Markets, Elsevier

Rachel Burley, CPO, American Physical Society

Dr. Guido Herrmann, Sr Vice President, Wiley Partner Solutions 

Harsh Jegadeesan, CSO, Springer Nature

Dr. Damian Pattinson, Executive Director, eLife


Lunch Time & Networking


Management and Technology

Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD,  President, ESMT Berlin


Panel: (Re)Building Trust in Research Integrity

Introduction and Chair: Alice Meadows, Director of Community Engagement, NISO, Baltimore, MD

With more content being published in more journals and more formats than ever before, most publishers have increasingly turned to technology to help deal with this  ever-increasing flood of information. At the same time, rogue players including predatory publishers, paper mills, and citation rings are exploiting the move to automation to bypass the checks and balances that were in place when processes were more manual. As a result, we’ve seen an increase in reports of fraud and, subsequently, retractions — sometimes en masse — contributing to a declining trust in research overall, among both researchers and the general public.

It’s fair to say that scholarly communications has a problem on its hands, but how much of a problem? Who should be responsible for solving it? Do we need less technology or more? Is better peer review the answer; if so, what does that look like? What other aspects of the research process should we be considering? Does the existing research infrastructure support these changes, or is further investment needed? And how do we make sure that all stakeholders have a say in rebuilding  trust, including those working in non-STEM disciplines and those in the Global South?

This session will bring together a group of experts with a variety of perspectives and opinions for a lively discussion of the challenges and opportunities for our community as we seek to improve trust in the quality of research we fund, publish, and use.


Rachel Burley, CPO, American Physical Society, College Park, MD

Chris Graf, Research Integrity Director, Springer Nature, London

Dr. Damian Pattinson, Executive Director, eLife, Cambridge, UK

Dr. Sabina Alam, Director of Publishing Ethics and Integrity, Taylor & Francis Group, Oxford


Coffee Break & Networking


Session: Innovation, Technology & Infrastructure

Chair: Dr. Daniel Hook, CEO, Digital Science, London

Out with the old, in with the new! Moving science forward means embracing disruption and innovation, rather than clinging to the old ways of doing things. Where is the innovation? We still have to overcome many challenges around ‘digital transformation’.  Current legacy tools/technology used within most publishers and institutions do not        accommodate this massive and pivotal transition process. How can publishers and libraries respond to and support sustainability issues? And what does all this mean for technology and research infrastructure?       


Dr. Nandita Quaderi, Editor-in-Chief and VP Editorial, Web of Science, Clarivate, London

More Speakers TBA

17:30 PM - 18:00

The APE Lecture:
The Journal of Impossible Results

Prof. Dr. Günter M. Ziegler, President, Free University Berlin


Conference Dinner


Behrenstraße 42, Berlin Mitte

Due to limited seating only for invited guests and ticket holders.

Day 2

Wednesday, 11 January 2023

Doors Open

Welcome Coffee


Wake-up Session:
STM's New Dotcoms to Watch

A Session sponsored by the STM Association, Oxford/The Hague

Presented by Tod Toler, VP Digital Product Strategy and Partnerships, Wiley

The Dotcoms will be announced shortly before the Conference


Coffee Break & Networking


Stepping up on Climate Action

Chair: Thea Sherer, Director of Sustainability and Climate Action Officer, Springer Nature, London

Against a backdrop of both extreme weather events, predicted over decades by the research we publish, and the adoption of new reporting requirements in the EU’s CSR Directive, how can scholarly publishers step up on climate action?

Speakers TBA


Lunch Time & Networking


Accessibility & Sustainability

Chair: Dr. Liz Marchant, Global Portfolio Director, Life, Earth & Environmental Science Journals at Taylor & Francis Group, Oxford

GOing FAIR and DOing FAIR

Dr. Erik Schultes, FAIR Implementation Lead, GO FAIR Foundation, Leiden


Dr. Irina Sens, Dep. Director, Head of Library Operations, German National Library of Science and Technology, Hannover

More Speakers TBA


Coffee Break & Networking


At the Crossroads

Panel with Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from APE 2023 Satellite Symposium

Results from this Symposium on 9 January,  organized by BISP and the Quest Center, will be presented by Early Career Researchers, moderated by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl und Dr. Tracey Weissgerber, QUEST Center for Responsible Research, BIH Charité, Berlin

The aim of this Symposium was to bring Early Career Researchers and Scholarly Publishers together. Publishers would like to learn more about the views and wishes of ECRs and ECRs have lots of questions understanding the complexities of scholarly communication. 

Furthermore, publishers and ECRs will collaboratively explore ideas and solutions that ECRs are developing to improve scholarly communication.

More information about the Symposium HERE.


The APE Award & Farewell

The APE Award for Innovation in Scholarly Communication was born to celebrate the 18th birthday of the APE Conference in 2023, and it is going to accompany the conference for the years to come.

This award, supported by Digital Science, will be given to an individual who has brought innovation in scholarly communication to the community, through infrastructure, technology, business models, and output on the topic, theory, or practice. Nominees can be part of organizations, or they can be independent.

Please note: APE 2024 will be held on 9-10 January 2024

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Do not miss the chance to be part of the first publishing event in the New Year. APE 2023 is going to be a hybrid conference: whether in person or virtually, join the discussion!

About The Event Organizer

The Berlin Institute for Scholarly Publishing (BISP) is a not-for-profit organization under German law founded in 2020 and dedicated to bringing publishers, researchers, funders, and policymakers together. Starting with the 2021 edition, BISP is the organizer of the Academic Publishing in Europe (APE) Conference.
BISP organized the past APE Conferences side to side with the founder of this yearly event, Arnoud de Kemp, who is responsible for curating the annual exchange of information between publishers, researcher institutions, libraries, universities, and decision-makers at local, national and EU level since 2006.
Next to the organization of the APE Conferences, BISP will develop and run seminars and workshops for early-career researchers, early-career publishers, and early-career professionals.
The purpose is to bring these groups together to ensure that key stakeholders in the research ecosystem develop a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that they face together and separately.


ESMT Berlin – Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany

APE 2023 is going to take place in the European School of Management and Technology, ESMT Berlin, on the perimeters of what once was the East German State Council first, and the Federal Chancellery after that. With its unique history, the ESMT Berlin is an exceptional location for the first publishing event in the New Year.

These Are

Our Speakers

Dr. Caroline Sutton

CEO, The STM Association, Oxford/The Hague

Judy Verses

President of Academic and Government Markets, Elsevier

Prof. Dr. Günter M. Ziegler

President, Free University Berlin

Prof. Dr. Jörg Rocholt

Präsident, European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), Berlin

Chris Graf

Research Integrity Director Springer Nature

Prof. Dr. Geraldine Rauch, President

President, Technische Universität Berlin

Rachel Burley

Chief Publications Officer, American Physical Society

Harsh Jegadeesan

Chief Solutions Officer at Springer Nature Group


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