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Wednesday 24 April 2019

ALPSP Networking: Society Publishers Accelerating Open Access & Plan S

Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SN, United Kingdom (map)

A discussion and networking evening for ALPSP members.

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Chair: Niamh O'Connor, Director, Global Journals Development, PLOS and Chair-Elect, ALPSP Council


Plan S, developed by the European Commission in partnership with Science Europe, seeks to move to a world where all research findings are made Open Access (OA). As the number of researchers covered by Plan S-compliant funding increases, it will put pressure on the business models of many learned societies which rely on hybrid journal publishing, not only to cover their publishing costs but to generate revenue for other important activities they undertake such as hosting meetings/conferences and awarding fellowships and other grants. Learned societies support researchers and contribute to a vibrant research ecosystem, and so other stakeholders in this ecosystem are keen to support society publishers to adapt and thrive as they transition to Open Access and align with Plan S.

As part of a partnership between ALPSP, Wellcome and UKRI, Information Power has been engaged to explore a range of potential potential strategies and business models through which learned societies can transition to Open Access and Plan S.  The project is entitled Society Publishers Accelerating Open Access and Plan S (SPA-OPS) and will report on its findings in July 2019. Click here for more details.  

Information Power has published an initial consultation document. If you have not yet fed back via the survey, the deadline for responses has been extended to 24 April.  You will find more details here.

ALPSP is pleased to host a panel discussion and networking event to update ALPSP members on the SPA-OPS project. Many innovative business models have emerged with the active engagement and encouragement of library consortia, who understand which models are feasible to implement and will gain the support of their membership. The focus of the evening will be to provide a quick project update, including preliminary feedback from interviews and surveys, and also to discuss how society publishers can work with library consortia on transformative OA agreements. This will be an opportunity for ALPSP members to ask questions and feed into the work that Information Power is doing.


17:30 Registration, tea & coffee  
18:00 An update on the SPA-OPS Project 
Lorraine Estelle & Alicia Wise, Information Power (ppt)
  How library consortia an work with publishers
Liam Earney, Jisc Collections (ppt)
  How society publishers can, and would like to, work with library consortia
Sybille Geisenheyner, Royal Society of Chemistry (ppt)
Rod Cookson, IWA Publishing (ppt)
18:30 Panel Discussion  
19:15 Drinks reception & Networking  
20:30 Close

Chair and Speakers

Niamh O'ConnorDirector, Global Journals Development, PLOS and Chair-Elect, ALPSP Council

photo Niamh O'ConnorNiamh is Director of Global Journals Development at PLOS (Public Library of Science), responsible for ensuring that the biology and medicine journal portfolios grow their profiles, and for identifying and developing new opportunities globally. Previously she was the Director of Publishing at the Biochemical Society/Portland Press, where she provided strategic leadership for the creation of strategies and business plans to drive business for Portland Press through engagement with the global scientific and publishing communities. 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, worked to develop the journals portfolio to meet evolving community needs.

Rod Cookson, Managing Director, IWA Publishing

photo Rod Cookson Rod currently runs IWA Publishing, which spreads knowledge about our most valuable resource, water. He spent eight years at T&F as Editorial Director, transforming the Earth, Biological & Environmental Science journal division and bringing Medical journals back into the company. He has also worked for Blackwell Publishing and Reed Education. He is an entrepreneurial publisher who delivers profitable growth and organisational improvement. 

Liam Earney, Director, Jisc Collections

photo Liam Earney Liam Earney is Director of Jisc Collections, the unit of Jisc responsible for the licensing and negotiation of agreements for digital content on behalf of UK universities. Jisc Collections negotiated agreements covered approximately £126million of expenditure in 2017. Liam has worked at Jisc since 2003, where he has been involved in negotiations for wide variety of agreements in higher and further education as well as working with the NHS, museums and public libraries in the UK and overseas. He has overseen the evolution of Jisc Collections’ approach to open access, in particular how its negotiations can best support the sector achieve its aims around pure gold, hybrid and green open access. Something he has written and presented widely on. He is a member of the UUK Open Access Coordination Group, the European Universities Association High Level Group on Big Deals and the OA2020 Advisory Group.

Lorraine Estelle, Director, Information Power

photo Lorraine EstelleLorraine Estelle is a professional with experience in the development of new business models, collaborative library services, and information standards. She has orchestrated UK library support for open access initiatives such as arXiv, BioMed Central, Knowledge Unlatched, OpenEdition, and PeerJ. She developed the first models to demonstrate the total cost of publication including APC costs for UK academic institutions and led the first national negotiations to successfully agree offset models to alleviate the cost faced by higher education institutions in maintaining subscriptions to hybrid journals while also paying APC charges. Through her role in COUNTER she is experienced with working collaboratively with different types of publishers societies and their professional associations in reaching consensus. Lorraine is also co-editor of the open access journal Insights: the UKSG journal.

Sybille Geisenheyner, Sales Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry

photo Sybille GeisenheynerSybille oversees Europe, Middle East, Africa & India in her role as Sales Manager for the Royal Society of Chemistry. During her  twenty years in the industry, Sybille has worked for organisations such as SilverPlatter, Walter de Gruyter, Thomson Reuters and WoltersKluwer. She is involved in OA discussions with stakeholders globally and was part of RSC’s negotiation with MIT Boston for the first Read & Publish deal outside of Europe. Sybille is also a member of the RSC’s Open Access Strategy group. 

Alicia Wise, Director, Information Power

photo Alicia WiseAlicia has more than 30 years’ experience in the academic information space including roles with libraries, publishers, and researchers. Most recently she was with Elsevier where she led on Open Access and global strategic relations. Prior to this she held roles with the Publishers Association, Publishers Licensing Society, Jisc, Archaeology Data Service, and in universities. She has served on the boards of Access to Research, Accessible Books Consortium, CHORUS, CLOCKSS, Digital Preservation Coalition, and Research4Life.

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Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Wed 24 Apr 2019
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