Mentorship Scheme

First launched in January 2021, ALPSP is now accepting applications for the next phase, running from August 2021 - January 2022.

Our scheme aims to connect colleagues across our network and create a collaborative conversation between participants which benefits all who are involved. 

Mentees will also be offered a free place at our virtual conference, in September 2021.

Download the ALPSP Mentorship Scheme Handbook

If you would like to apply for the next phase of this scheme (from August 2021 - January 2022)  please complete the relevant application form: 

Main aims

Our mentoring scheme connects and supports publishing industry colleagues with a wider network of expertise and skills to help foster development and progression. By facilitating these conversations, we're taking an active role to help individuals learn and share experiences with each other. The scheme encourages collaborative learning between the mentor and mentee, whereby both will benefit from the dialogue, and share knowledge, insights and experiences.

As a founding member of C4DISC ALPSP is committed to its principles and therefore especially welcomes applications from a diverse range of publishers. C4DISC Mission and vision statements: The Mission of C4DISC is to work with organizations and individuals to build equity, inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in scholarly communications. The Vision of C4DISC is a socially just community that welcomes, values, and celebrates all who seek to contribute to scholarly communications.  


  • Currently employed mentors and mentees must work for a member organization
  • As mentorship is skills based we do not require mentors to have worked for a particular number of years in scholarly publishing
  • Mentees can be at any stage in their career

How the mentorship scheme works

We have a limited number of places on the scheme, and mentees will be selected by the ALPSP mentorship working group (which includes members from both the Training and Membership and Marketing Committees). This group will also be responsible for matching mentors with suitable mentees. If you are not selected this time (for scheme running August 2021 - January 2022)  please let us know (via the mentor and mentee application form) if you would automatically like to be considered for the next cohort. 

We suggest that mentors and mentees arrange at least four virtual calls during this time but if they wish to continue communications beyond this period, it is fine. We will contact you in July/August 2021 to let you know if you have been accepted onto the scheme. We will then host introductory sessions, one for all mentors and one for our mentees.  A call will also be arranged three months into the scheme to gather feedback. 

With thanks to PLS for platinum sponsorship of the ALPSP Mentorship Scheme.

Any questions or queries, please email:


As a new entrant in the academic publishing market, membership has provided a raft of useful resources to draw upon, including connections with other organizations via the conference and website, useful advice from the ever-helpful staff, and regular, up to date access to industry news and research. 

Melissa Good, ARM Education Media

Sign up to receive information on all ALPSP events.