Thursday 04 July 2019

Managing and Influencing your Editorial Board

Please contact to find out if this course is running in 2020. It is available as an in-house event to ALPSP members. Please contact for details.


One in three meetings are not nearly as productive as they could be, and only 50% of members actively contribute. Most editorial board meetings have broad agendas and try to cover everything, but very few decisions are actually made. This course will provide you with the essential practical skills to make your meetings highly effective, where everyone contributes and all necessary decisions are reached.


  • Identifying what makes an effective editorial board
  • Setting expectation and objectives for the editorial board 
  • How strategic and operational objectives affect performance
  • How to get buy-in from all members, and ensure everyone stays engaged
  • Essential processes and tools for highly effective communication before, during and after editorial board meetings 
  • The importance of identifying the stages of team development 
  • How to influence confidently.

What will you learn?

Have the skills to create a high performing editorial board; identify how your editorial board is performing; prioritise areas that will improve performance and develop a strategy to implement change; easily build effective partnerships and influence others.

Who should attend (Level 2)

This course is for publishers, managing editors, publishing editors and academic editors responsible for managing editorial boards, either directly (as chair) or indirectly. As it will assume some prior knowledge and experience of editorial boards, the course is particularly aimed at editors with at least 1-2 years.The course will also really benefit members of editorial boards.

Delegate Comments

"A fantastic course(by far the most useful ALPSP course for me so far) Niamh and Mark covered an extensive range of topics in very little time. Weren't afraid to look at perceived obvious issues which actually had not so obvious solutions. Thank you for a productive course!" Buchi Okeraeafor, The Royal Society

"I learned a lot from this course, and had great discussoins with other attendees. Good balance of presentation and discussion."



Mark Thomas, Consultant

Mark Thomas photoMark has coached and facilitated senior boards and project teams through strategic change for over 10 years. His background is in medical science, healthcare and the psychology of communication. He works predominantly across the scientific, medical and technology industries where communication is essential but not a priority. Mark has a vast amount of experience working internationally across different cultures and helping highly intellectual professionals to communicate with ease. 

May Copsey, Executive Editor, Royal Society of Chemistry

May Copsey photoMay is currently an Executive Editor at the Royal Society of Chemistry, where she is responsible for the flagship journal, Chemical Science. She joined the RSC twelve years ago, and has spent nine years of this managing Editorial Boards, as both Managing and Executive Editor. She has experience of a range of different journals from smaller, community-led journals to broader, multidisciplinary titles and the challenges that developing each of these bring. She has worked to develop and implement journal strategies with these varied Editorial Boards, in order to meet the needs of the relevant journal and community.

Early bird rates for members - Book by 4 April 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 4 April 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

  • Thu 04 Jul 2019
  • Thu 04 Jul 2019
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