Wednesday 09 October 2019

How Journals Work: A complete introduction - Online Training

This online training will be running in 2020. Dates to be announced soon.

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Overview (Level 1)

Developed from our most popular introductory course this online workshop is now available globally.  We have amalgamated the previous 2 separate training courses into one interactive course over 2 sessions. In this workshop delegates will have interactive time with the tutor online as well as pre- and post- course work to prepare for and reflect on what has been discussed and will provide delegates with an understanding of what makes successful journal, finance and business models as well as the basics of copyright and IP. The workshop provides an introduction to context, job roles and the publication stages in scholarly publishing and also covers the fundamentals of marketing. It is relevant to all those new to journals publishing with up to one year's experience or those who have been out of this area for several years and are seeking a refresher.

Online Session 1 - How Journals Work: An introduction

Date and Time: 
Wednesday 9 October, Online, (CEST 3.30pm-5.00pm, EDT 9.30am-11.00am, BST 2.30pm-4.00pm)

Online Session 2 - How Journals Work: Measuring success

Date and Time: 
Wednesday 30 October, Online, (CET 3.30pm-5.00pm, EDT 10.30am-12.00pm GMT 2.30pm-4.00pm)

The course will comprise

  • Pre-course reading/exercises
  • Comprehensive delegate pack 
  • Pre-course questionnaire
  • 2 one and a half hour interactive online workshops
  • Post course exercises marked by our tutor
  • 48 hour email follow up with the tutor
  • Certificate on completion of all elements.


  • Introduction to the basics of marketing
  • Journals and membership associations
  • Measures of journal success (1) impact, (2) finance, (3) visibility
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Challenges, opportunities and initiatives - including archiving, relationships with libraries, developing country access, linking and quality standards
  • Types of publishers
  • Roles in journal publishing
  • Authors: why they publish, what they want, article types
  • Editors, editing and editorial responsibilities
  • Publishing ethics
  • Print and online publication, fulfilment and customer service
  • Subscription and open access journals
  • Online journals: publisher sites, aggregators

What will you learn?

Understand what success criteria are applied to journals by learned societies, publishers, librarians and all in the scholarly communication environment and the place of the scholarly journal in research communication;  have a greater awareness of journal finances in both open and subscription-based journals; comprehend why intellectual property rights are important and all the publication stages after acceptance; apply this knowledge to improve the quality of your work and to improve your working efficiency.


Pippa Smart, PSP Consulting

Pippa Smart 2014Pippa is a research, communication and publishing consultant, working for her own company, PSP Consulting. She has been in scholarly publishing for over 20 years, working for CAB International, Blackwell (Wiley) and Cambridge University Press. She then became Head of Publishing at INASP, directing initiatives to support research publishers within Africa, South East Asia and Latin America. She specializes in editorial strategies and copyright, and has developed many training courses as well as providing advisory services for journal publishers around the world. She is the editor/author of the monthly ALPSP Alert newsletter, and also the Editor-in-Chief of Learned Publishing.

Guest Speaker

Simon Linacre, Cabells

Simon LinacreSimon is currently Director of International Marketing & Development at Cabells having spent 15 years in publishing at Emerald, where he had direct experience in journal acquisitions, open access and business development. His background is in journalism and he has been published in academic journals on the topics of bibliometrics and knowledge transfer. He holds Masters degrees in Philosophy and International Business and has global experience lecturing to researchers on publishing strategies.

Early bird rates for members - Book by 9 July 2019*

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Members early bird            £308.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Members full price             £344.00 (+ VAT where applicable) 
Non Members full price     £572.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Academic rates are available, please contact

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 Susie Brown or any of the ALPSP team.
Any discounts will be applied at checkout.

*In order to take advantage of the early bird discount for ALPSP members, you must (i) make a booking by 9 July 2019 and (ii) be an ALPSP member on the date of the event. In the event that you cancel your membership prior to the event, you agree to pay ALPSP the difference between the discounted price and the full price for the event.


Upcoming Dates for this event

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