Past Events
Thursday 09 March 2017

Developing Open Access and Hybrid Journals

This course will be running in 2018. Please contact for dates. If you are interested in running this as an in-house course contact - this option is available to ALPSP members only.


The aim of this course is to introduce staff from all areas of journals publishing to the complexities and unique challenges of running an open access journal or journals programme. Delegates will participate in discussion of open access journals and experiment with financial modelling, enabling them to gain an understanding of the necessary steps to take when establishing and maintaining both full and hybrid open access journals.


  • A short introduction to the open access landscape
  • Why open access? Market research, subject area differences
  • Workflows and best practice: for full and hybrid titles, suggested workflows from author to journal to production to invoicing. Allowing green open access and complying with funding bodies
  • Business models including case studies: author charges, memberships, sponsorship, consortia deals, etc
  • Setting author charges: including developing countries’ rates and waivers
  • Pricing: relating subscription pricing to open access take-up, how to avoid ‘double-dipping’
  • Open access launches versus transitioning mature journals: what should be expected in either scenario, including case studies
  • Ethics: avoiding vanity publishing, distinguishing editorial decisions from financial decisions. Keeping quality high through the cascade and the mega journal
  • Rights, permissions and licensing: different Creative Commons licences, which licence to use, what rights to allow, what is a truly open access licence, what problems arise with open access licences
  • Keeping in touch: with the open access community, industry bodies, author relations
  • Marketing and branding: how to market an open access journal as opposed to a ‘regular’ title. How to market the open access option on hybrid journals
  • Discussion: the future of open access publishing.

Please bring a laptop or tablet along to this course if possible.

What will you learn?

Appreciate the measures required to create successful open access journals, understand the open access publishing workflow, assess the pros and cons of different open access business models, know the context of the open access industry including the green open access lobby and influential funding bodies, and understand the ethics of open access publishing.

Who should attend (Level 2-3)

This course is aimed at journal publishing managers, publishing editors and publishers interested in developing open access journals or expanding an existing programme. We will assume some prior awareness of the open access industry, although this isn’t essential.

Delegate comments

“A very useful course, up to date and highly topical.” Sarah Edwards, BMJ

"Helpful and informative, an excellent practical and ‘publisher friendly’ approach." Kairi Look, IOS Press 


Vicky Gardner, Taylor & Francis

Vicky GardnerVicky is Head of Researcher Services Development at Taylor & Francis/ Routledge where she is responsible for improving current researcher focused systems and creating new products and services for the community.

Michael Osuch, Elsevier

Michael OsuchMichael is Publishing Director, Neuroscience & Psychology Journals, at Elsevier. He has over 20 years’ experience of launching, managing and developing proprietary and society journals within the medical and biological sciences. He has previously worked at Wiley, Nature Publishing Group and Informa Healthcare.

This course will commence at 09:30 (registration, with tea/coffee, from 09:00) and end at approximately 17:00.
Members           £372.00 (+ VAT where applicable)
Non Members   £541.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Academic          £409.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Venue: Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5DG, T: +44 (0)20 7766 0625 (Map) 
Contact: Melissa Marshall  T: +44 (0)1622 871035 E:

How to book
Please note that you will need to log in to your account or register a new account to book a place on this training course. If you have any questions about this please email Melissa Marshall or any of the ALPSP team

Excellent course pitched at the right level. This was the best ALPSP course I have attended, detailed and engaging.

Neil Hammond, Cambridge University Press

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Thu 09 Mar 2017
  • Thu 09 Mar 2017
  • Prince Philip House, ,