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Thursday 13 February 2020

Journal Development 1: Practical plans for improving journal success

Please contact to find out if this course is running in 2021. It is available as an in-house event to ALPSP members. Please contact for details.


This workshop provides an essential practical introduction to the business of developing journals in order to improve performance or meet strategic goals. The course is highly interactive and participants will undertake realistic exercises to familiarize themselves with methods of evaluating their current journal (or portfolio), identify areas where journal development is required, and implement plans for change. Although some familiarity with the scholarly publishing environment is required, part of the course will also involve discussion of the role of journals in today’s research environment and will consider what threats and opportunities exist for current publishing models.


  • Why develop journals: where journals have come from and where they are going; why do we continue to publish journals – who do they serve (and with what); what does development mean, and why do it
  • The big picture: what is changing in research communication and how this affects journal publishers and journals themselves; different dissemination and business models; challenges and opportunities within journals publishing
  • Developing a development plan 1, evaluation: how to identify where development is necessary using financial data and key performance metrics, competitor benchmarking, gathering feedback; pulling it together into something useful (SWOT)
  • Developing a development plan 2, prioritizing and identifying the key objectives
  • Developing a development plan 3, the plan: goals and actions; getting buy-in; reviewing and revising; risk management; case study
  • Implementation: putting the plan into action and reviewing progress; practical exercise.

What will you learn?

How to implement a system for evaluating your journal/s and identify areas where changes can be made. At the end of the course delegates will be able to develop, propose, and defend their suggested development plans.

Who should attend 

This course is aimed at all those responsible for managing and developing one or more journals. Participants should be familiar with scholarly publishing although the course will suit those participants who have only recently taken on development responsibilities. The course is suitable for those working in both small and large organizations, and covers all disciplines (STM, social sciences and humanities).

Delegate Comments

"A good course covering a lot of detail on journal development, as well as broader business content and latest trends in the industry.” James Cleaver, Taylor & Francis

"Both reinforced and added to my existing knowledge. Very enjoyable course, hugely informative of a wide range of aspects of journal publishing." Jenny Hudson, BMJ Group

"I found the structure of the course well thought and topical."  Alessandra Conte, Frontiers


Neil Scriven, Springer Nature

Neil ScrivenNeil leads Springer's Astronomy journals editorial team. He has worked in scholarly publishing for over 25 years covering both production, editorial and management roles. His current role includes developing a portfolio of 10 journals across a variety of subjects. Neil previously worked for Oxford University Press and IOP Publishing developing flagship publications in the physical sciences, mathematics, engineering and computing. This blend of experience has given him an insight into the journal development process in both learned society and commercial environments across a range of disciplines.

Matt Pacey, Oxford University Press

Matt PaceyMatt is Executive Publisher for Science and Mathematics Journals at Oxford University Press. He has worked in scholarly publishing for over 17 years. His current role involves managing a team of Publishers working on OUP’s life science, physical science, and mathematics lists, and overseeing OUP’s society advisory panel.  Matt previously worked for Taylor & Francis and Wiley where he was responsible for Biomedicine and Life Science lists and also oversaw the development of in-house Editorial Office services. During his career Matt has used strategic journal development in a number of contexts and with the aim of meeting both broad and specific objectives. 

Early bird rates for members - Book by 13 December 2019*

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Members early bird            £382.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Members full price             £425.00 (+ VAT where applicable) 
Non Members full price     £619.00 (+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.
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.
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 13 December 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.


Probably one of the most useful courses I have done - excellent! I started off with almost no ideas for journal development and now I feel confident I can come up with an action plan.

Susan Molony, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Upcoming Dates for this event

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