Past Events
Wednesday 07 March 2018

Introduction to Journals Publishing

This course will be running again in 2019. It is available as an in-house event to ALPSP members. Please contact for details.


This is an essential introductory course covering all aspects of journals publishing for those who are at the beginning of their careers. It covers everything from peer review to online delivery, and provides delegates with a clear understanding of how all the elements in this fast-moving area fit together. Tutors will draw on case studies from their own experience and across all disciplines.


  • Roles in journal publishing and types of publishers
  • Authors: why they publish, what they want, article types
  • Intellectual property
  • Publishing ethics
  • Subscriptions, licensing and consortia
  • Other means of access to content: open access, philanthropic arrangements, pay-per-view, membership models
  • Models of open access
  • Online journals: publisher sites, aggregators Print distribution, fulfilment and customer service
  • Marketing
  • Measures of success (citation metrics, altmetrics, financial performance)
  • Online archiving and repositories; libraries and pricing; the evolving journal.

What will you learn?

Understand the role of the editor and editorial office; know what happens to a paper after acceptance; understand how journal finances work; appreciate what goes into a journal marketing plan and how it is executed; understand the difference between the subscription and open access business model, and be aware of some of the threats and opportunities in the future for journal publishers.

Who should attend (Level 1)

All those new to journals publishing with up to one year’s experience. Particularly relevant to those working in editorial, production and marketing with job titles such as publishing/editorial assistant, assistant/associate editor, production assistant, assistant production editor, assistant marketing manager. Also relevant to those in the related departments of sales, subscriptions and customer service; as well as those who have been out of this area for several years and are seeking a refresher.

Delegate Comments

"Excellent course  that covered content, which is incredibly relevant to my industry. Presenters were engaging and knowledgeable." Sophia Wheat, Wiley

"Having only worked in publishing for three months, this was a thorough, clear and succinct introduction. The presentation handout will, no doubt, become my bible.” Krysta Monopoli, Oxford University Press

"The course was pitched correctly and served as an excellent overview to journals publishing. Very informative and detailed course material." D. Bedwell, Informa UK

A fantastic course, whether you are new to publishing or have been working a few years - excellent and thorough.

Fran Lee, BMJ


Jon Newbury, University College London and School of Advanced Study

Jon Newbury pictureJon is both Teaching Fellow for the MA in Publishing at UCL and Publishing Manager for the SAS interdepartmental publishing platform and open access programmes. His key experience and interest lies in open access, digital publication, process management, and development strategy. Jon has managed journal portfolios spanning medicine, life sciences and the humanities for a number of commercial publishers, most recently as Associate Publisher for Elsevier. He holds a BA (Joint Hons.) in English and History and an MA in Publishing from UCL.

Simon Linacre, Emerald Group Publishing

Simon LinacreSimon is Head of Business, Management & Economics Journals at Emerald with oversight of marketing, accounting, finance, economics and tourism subject areas. He has been with Emerald for 14 years with direct experience in journal acquisitions, open access publishing and new business development. His background is in journalism, and he has himself been published in academic journals on the topics of bibliometrics and knowledge transfer. He holds Masters degrees in Philosophy and International Business with global experience lecturing to researchers on publishing strategies.

Early bird rates for members - Book by 7 December 2017 

Members early bird            £372.00 (+VAT where applicable)
 full price             £413.00 (+ VAT where applicable) 
Non Members full price     £601.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Academic rates are available, please contact

Venue: West One (De Vere), 9-10 Portland Place, London, W1B 1PR, T: +44 (0)20 7034 9700 (map)
This course will commence at 09:30 (registration, with tea/coffee, from 09:00) and end at approximately 17:00.
 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.
Any discounts will be applied at checkout.


Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Wed 07 Mar 2018
  • Wed 07 Mar 2018
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