Shaping the Future of Research and Discovery: The 2018 Japan Wiley Research Seminar

November 6, 2018 Atsuko Inoue

On a hot summer day in Tokyo, over 60 senior leaders from across the research sector, including society directors, funders, journal editors, librarians and industry partners gathered at the Wiley Research Seminar with the theme "Shaping the Future of Research and Discovery".  The morning kicked off with an eye-opening keynote on the future of research, followed by plenaries and afternoon breakout sessions in three streams of interest: "society journal publishing", "universities", and "corporates". Afterwards, everyone reconvened for the closing session on publication ethics followed by a reception filled with lively conversation and networking across different sectors.


Curiosity-Driven Research

The keynote presentation "Innovation and Future Research: from a mathematician’s viewpoint", delivered by Masato Wakayama, VP and Director of Kyushu University, captivated the audience with an intriguing and colorful interpretation of innovation by the magic of numbers.  Prof. Wakayama pointed out the dangers of "agenda-driven research" which may block scientific advances in the long term, as opposed to "curiosity-driven science." While the latter may not bring immediate results, it may prove to have much greater impact decades or even centuries later.


End to end Open Science

Following the keynote, Deborah Wyatt, VP, Asia-Pacific Society Publishing from Wiley, spoke about the evolving global research landscape, and societal trends that are impacting scholarly and scientific publishing. The presentation ended with guiding principles such as the need to constantly focus on quality, ethics, and integrity, the importance of global collaboration, listening to the research community, and investing in the future.


The second plenary, "Implementation and practice of Open Science and Open Access" was presented by Yasushi Ogasaka of the JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency). Dr. Ogasaka introduced JST’s work on J-STAGE which is an online journal platform that serves as an infrastructure for supporting Open Science in Japan. He highlighted the recent challenges of appointing Persistent Identifiers (PID) for research resources and concluded that there is a need to provide open access not only for research results, but also for processes ranging from research strategy planning to tackling societal challenges.


The Evolution of Open Access Policy

In the third plenary session, Mr. Kazuhiro Hayashi of NISTEP (National Institute of Science and Technology Policy) introduced the recent progress of the Open Science policy in Japan and how the Cabinet Office is promoting Open Science and providing guidelines. He stated that the combination of a top-down approach from policymakers and a bottom-up approach by researchers and related stakeholders is a key part of fostering the culture of Open Science in a data-sharing world.


Simon Goudie, Senior Journal Publishing Manager at Wiley, discussed Wiley's recommended policy types on data sharing, while pointing out some of the caveats of implementing a journal data-sharing policy. Simon also raised the important role that learned and professional societies can play in establishing practices which meet the needs of their communities.


The final morning plenary, presented by Dr. Nobuko Miyairi, explained how Open Scholarly Infrastructure can be created by taking the development and progress of Persistent Identifiers (PID) as an example, and the importance of communities working together to support Scholarly Infrastructures.


Learning from Stakeholders

The Society journal publishing sessions offered a range of perspectives and a spotlight on new technologies.  First, Raymond Abruzzi, Program Director, Wiley Digital Archives, offered insights into the obligations and challenges which institutions face in making their archive collection available. Next up, Ms. Anne Harvey, Managing Director Asia Pacific, Digital Science, introduced New Dimensions, which is Digital Solutions’ next generation data module solution interlinking multiple data modules such as: grants, publications, patents, clinical trials, policy documents and metrics. Richard Threlfall, Data Product Manager, Intelligent Solutions at Wiley, introduced services that offer authors, peer reviewers, editors and societies support with data-driven decision-making. The last half of the Society journal publishing sessions were led by Professor Kohei Miyazono, Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Science, and Dr. Takashi Kawahara, Managing Editor of International Journal of Urology, two of the most successful society journals in Japan. The editors presented best practices from their experiences working on these journals.


The afternoon’s University session focused on equipping researchers for the future, with Tsuyoshi Abe, Senior Vice President, CMO, YOKOGAWA Electric Corp. proposing that Open Innovation and industrial and academic cooperation are crucial in maintaining international competitiveness.  Professor Seeram Ramakrishna from the National University of Singapore (NUS), provided specific examples of best practices and strategies to improve and sustain the ranking of universities.  Then Jose Oliveira, VP & Editorial Director at Wiley, introduced Wiley Researcher Academy which facilitates publication process learning for early career researchers.


In the Corporate sessions, Professor Jian-min Liu, Associate Chief-Editor of Journal of Diabetes, Rui-jin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao-tong University School of Medicine, shared practical advice on how to survive the peer review process in the context of industry sponsored content. The session was followed by a lively panel discussion between Prof. Liu and Simon Goudie from Wiley. To wrap upMartine Docking, ISMPP board of Trustees and VP Corporate Sales at Wiley, provided an introduction to enhanced content, the different formats accepted by Wiley journals, and most importantly, the impact these new types of content have on the quality of the engagement with the target audience.


The closing session was presented by Dr Trevor Lane of Edanz Group. He introduced the mission and strategies of the Committee on publication Ethics (COPE) and explained how COPE can help to raise international standards in research publication ethics.


Feedback from the participants was extremely positive and encouraging, and many have mentioned that they would like to attend again in the future.


During the breaks at the seminar, we were fortunate enough to hear from five leading journal editors and society leaders in Japan.Watch the video interviews to hear different views on the three questions posed below.


Do you think the role of journals as a cornerstone of the research and publishing ecosystem will change in the future?



If you could re-design the publishing process from scratch, what is the first thing you would change?




How do you think societies need to adapt to continue to stay relevant and to continue to play an important role in a professional’s career?





Prof. Atsushi Kume, Executive Director for the Ecological Society of Japan

Dr Kazutaka Ikeda, Editor of Neuropsychopharmacology Reports

Dr Kohei Miyazono, Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Science, Director of the Japanese Cancer Association

Dr. Takashi Kawahara, Managing Editor of International Journal of Urology

Prof. Takayuki Matsumoto, Editor-in-Chief of Digestive Endoscopy


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