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Wednesday 04 October 2017

Disruption, Innovation and Creativity: How to generate and implement new ideas in scholarly publishing

This course is available as in-house training (members only), please contact Amanda Whiting. If you would like to attend the open course, please register your interest with Melissa Marshall.



The rate of innovation in scholarly publishing is accelerating. Researchers need new services for a changing environment and technology now provides a multitude of options to help. But where do you start, what should you do to respond and how can you successfully implement innovative new ideas within your company? This course will allow delegates to reflect on a changing publishing landscape and understand wider drivers of change. Participants will discuss how to scope out and identify what the community really needs, choose new tools and approaches to generate new ideas, understand how to validate these ideas with the audience, and engage with stakeholders and colleagues to build support for new innovations. Case studies and interactive exercises will demonstrate new agile ways to test assumptions, adapt and revise concepts allowing you to identify the best way to implement change and deliver successful new products.


• Introduction: publishing today
• What is innovation? Incremental versus disruptive and testing what’s real and what’s not
• Practical application of creative techniques including boundary analysis and reversal
• Interactive role and game play exercises
• How to apply techniques for success
• Validation techniques for success with stakeholders
• Implementation and the agile mind set.

What will you learn?

Understand, research and articulate the need for innovation in your company. Consider the different options for innovation open to you and drive these forward within your organization. Use new tools and techniques apart from traditional brainstorming to effectively generate ideas. See these through to leads, scoping, refinement and implementation.

Who should attend

The course is suitable for those working in product development or management with responsibility for owning, developing or directing the strategic vision for a list or product group area, typically at manager level or above. An undertanding of scholarly publishing and the wider community is assumed.


David Smith, The IET

David Smith After he received his D.Phil from the University of York David decided to trade life as a scientist for a life in publishing. His introduction to scholarly publishing came in the late 90s via Vitek Tracz at Current Science Group and then BioMed Central. He joined CABI in 2001 taking on a variety of roles around innovation. David is currently Head of Product Solutions at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET). He’s been proud to sit on the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing Judging Panel for the last few years. He’s not on Facebook, but he does tweet via @drs1969.

Will Russell, University of Cambridge

Will RussellWill works for the University of Cambridge as an enterprise service manager for several key systems. Will has a keen interest in all things digital - particularly new interfaces and technologies and methods of identifying novel and useful new opportunities. Will previously worked for the Royal Society of Chemistry for 19 years in a variety of roles including investigating new innovative technologies and managing the technical development behind the societies online platform for journals, books and databases.

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: Bloomsbury House, 2-3 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2RL +44 (0)207 3959900 (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 queries please email

“We’ve seen a burst of digital innovation across the scholarly sector with hundreds of digital initiatives aiming to transform and enrich the publishing sector.”

Laura Ceballos, CEDRO


Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Wed 04 Oct 2017
  • Wed 04 Oct 2017
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