10th GW Ethics in Publishing Conference

Conference Postponed

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Conference Postponed

In light of the difficult and unprecedented circumstances concerning COVID-19, we have postponed the GW Ethics in Publishing Conference, originally scheduled for April 23. We plan to find a date in Fall 2020 and we hope to have the same outstanding and inclusive lineup at that time.

buff decorative lineThe theme of this year's conference is Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility.

Topics include equity, inclusion, diversity, accessibility, sustainability, peer review, and other issues of ethics in publishing.

Presentations include panels, as well as “PechaKucha” style, short talks.

Hosted By:
Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program at the George Washington University.


  • The Association of University Presses (AUPresses)
  • The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)
  • The Association of American Publishers

Registration is free and lunch will be provided.

George Washington University
National Churchill Library and Center Main Room (101)
Gelman Library, First Level
2130 H St NW, Washington, DC 20052

buff decorative lineConference Schedule

9:30-9:45 | Welcome

John W. Warren, Director and Associate Professor, Masters of Professional Studies in Publishing, George Washington University

buff decorative line9:45-10:30 | Opening Plenaries

  • The Ethical Imperative of the University Press: Peter Berkery, Executive Director, Association of University Presses
  • Developing a Culture of Dignity at Johns Hopkins University Press: Barbara Kline Pope, Director, Johns Hopkins University Press

buff decorative line10:35-11:25 | Diversity and Equity Toolkit 

  • Niccole Leilanionapae‘aina Coggins, Editorial, Design, and Production Coordinator and Assistant Project Editor, University of Virginia Press;
  • Jocelyn Dawson, Journals Marketing Manager, Duke University Press;
  • Damita Snow, Senior Manager, Publishing Technologies, American Society of Civil Engineers;
  • Randy Townsend; and Hanni Nabahe (facilitators)

buff decorative line11:30-12:00 | Publishing and Inclusive Language

  • Beth Bouloukos, Director at the Amherst College Press and Lever Press
  • Elizabeth Crowley Webber, Senior Production Editor, Georgetown University Press

buff decorative line12:00-12:45 | Lunch Plenary

Developing the App: Indigenous Guide to DC
Dr. Elizabeth Rule, Assistant Director, AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy, George Washington University

buff decorative line1:00-1:30 | Millenials and Manipulation

  • Josephine E. Sciortino, Managing Editor, Canadian Science Publishing
  • Yael Fitzpatrick, Consulting Art Director and Brand Manager, Gazelle Design Consultancy

buff decorative line1:40-2:10 | Talking and Tweeting

  • Hanni Nabahe, Resident Librarian, Scholarly Resources and Content Strategy, University of Virginia
  • Aliza Becker, Managing Editor, MediaSphere Medical

buff decorative line2:20-3:00 | Peers and Authors

  • Cheryl Johnson, Publishing Editor, American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Lois Jones, Peer Review Manager, American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Jenna Miley, Peer Review Coordinator, Journals Department, American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Randy Townsend, Director, Publications Operations, American Geophysical Union

buff decorative line3:10-3:35 | Born Accessible: The Past, Present and Future of Accessibility in Publishing 

Bill Kasdorf, Principal, Kasdorf and Associates

buff decorative line3:35-3:45 | Coffee Break

buff decorative line3:45-4:15 | Ethics and Unethical Behavior

Danielle Galian, Editor, American Massage Therapy Association

Erin Price, Senior Writer and Editor, Curie Learning

buff decorative line4:15-5:00 | Closing Plenary

The Recommended List: Ten Notes I’ve Learned from Diversity & Inclusion Efforts So Far:

Elda Rotor, VP and Publisher, Penguin Classics, Penguin Random House

buff decorative line5:00 | Conference concludes

Panels marked by italics are PechaKucha-style talks, which feature faster presentations and a conversational tone shared across multiple speakers.