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Tuesday 03 July 2018

Managing and Influencing your Editorial Board

Please contact to find out if this course is running in 2019. 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

"The course had applicability for a range of seniorities and experience for anyone working with (especially) journal editorial boards. This was an informative course, with a good breadth and depth of content. The presenters were knowledgeable, engaging and enthusiastic, they were able to articulate their experiences in a thoughtful and interesting way." Andrew Dunn, The Royal Society

I found the session incredibly useful and thought provoking and have recommended the course to my colleagues and HR department. 

Elisabeth Bowley, Frontiers


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. 

Niamh O Connor, Journals Publishing Director, PLOS

Niamh O'ConnorNiamh is Journals Publishing Director at PLOS where she has responsibility for the business management of PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine and the PLOS Community Journals, as well as working with the Editorial Teams to ensure that the journals maintain and grow their connections with their communities. Previously she was the Director of Publishing at the Biochemical Society/Portland Press, where a central part of her role focused on developing collaborative relationships with Boards, Committees and the wider community to recommend and deliver against organizational strategic objectives. Prior to joining the Biochemical Society she spent nine years at the Royal Society of Chemistry in a variety of publishing roles including Publisher and Managing Editor, where she worked to co-create and implement journal strategies with Editorial Boards to meet the needs of the evolving global scientific community.

 Early bird rates for members - Book by 3 April 2018 

Not an ALPSP member?  Want to take advantage of the reduced member rates? Click here to find out how your organization can join ALPSP

Members early bird            £372.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Members 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

  • Tue 03 Jul 2018
  • Tue 03 Jul 2018
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