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Wednesday 30 January 2019

ALPSP Networking: Plan S

A discussion and networking event for ALPSP members.

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

Chair: Peter Ashman, CEO, BMJ and Chair, ALPSP Council


On 4 September 2018, Science Europe announced Plan S, a proposal for the transition of European-funded research to a fully open access environment, in line with the principles of open Science.  ALPSP issued a briefing paper on 21 September to outline the key issues and invited feedback from members on the proposal and how it might affect their organisations. Since then there has been much discussion and engagement between the various stakeholders as the detail of the proposals has developed. ALPSP is working with Wellcome and UKRI to engage a consultant to explore strategies and business models through which learned societies could adopt and thrive under Plan S. Click here for more details.

As a next step, ALPSP is pleased to host a speaker-led panel discussion and networking event to explore some of issues around the launch of Plan S, its implementation and impact for societies, publishers and researchers.  The evening will be chaired by Peter Ashman, Chair of ALPSP. Chatham House rules will apply.


Peter Ashman, CEO, BMJ and Chair ALPSP Council
photo Peter AshmanPeter became BMJ’s Chief Executive Officer in January 2017 and provides the company with strong leadership skills and a specialist knowledge of the STM industry. He joined the company in 2007 and served as Publishing Director for nine years before taking on the additional responsibility for BMJ Learning and OnExamination in 2016. Previously, he spent six years at Nature Publishing and eight years at The Lancet in New York. In 2015, Peter became Chairman of Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers - the largest international association for scholarly and professional publishers. Peter is a passionate advocate of BMJ’s values which maintain the company’s focus on its vision to help create a healthier world.


Robert KileyHead of Open Research, Wellcome Trust
photo Robert KileyRobert Kiley is Head of Open Research at the Wellcome Trust where he is responsible for developing and implementing an open research strategy.  The overarching aim is to help ensure that researchers are equipped, empowered and motivated to make research outputs findable, accessible and usable – and to use these outputs to accelerate research and improve health. Over the past decade Robert has played a leading role in the implementation of Wellcome’s open access policy and overseeing the development of the Europe PubMed Central repository. Robert also acts as the point of contact for eLife, the open-access research journal, launched in 2012 with the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust, and more recently championed the work to create a new open publishing platform for Wellcome researchers – Wellcome Open Research. Robert is a qualified librarian and an Associate Member of CILIP. Robert also sits as a Director on the ORCID Board and as a member of the “cOAlition S” taskforce.
Nicola RamseyHead of Editorial, Edinburgh University Press
photo Nicola RamseyHead of Editorial (Books) at Edinburgh University Press, Nicola is also the Publisher for EUP's highly-regarded Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies list, where she has published a range of works from academic trade titles and textbooks to research monographs and reference volumes. As Head of Editorial she has responsibility for the strategic direction of the business as well as ensuring the editorial team meet their core objectives on an annual basis. Having worked in the academic publishing industry for over 20 years, Nicola has developed skills across research, commissioning, copywriting, editing, and a strong interest in all aspects of academic book publishing (print and online) – not least Open Access, which she sees as representing both opportunities and challenges. She has a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling as well as a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Reading.
Sophia Anderton, Head of Publishing, British Institute of Radiology
photo Sophia AndertonSophia Anderton has been Head of Publishing at the British Institute of Radiology since 2013, where she is responsible for managing and developing all publishing products and operations. The Institute is a self-publishing society, publishing a mixture of subscription and open access journals. Sophia’s experience in STM publishing spans almost 15 years and she previously worked for the Royal Society of Chemistry, specialising in peer review operations, policies and ethics across a large portfolio of journals.


17:30 Registration, tea & coffee  
18:00 Presentations from the speakers and Panel Discussion  
19:15 Drinks reception & Networking  
20:30 Close  

Booking and registration

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ALPSP Members: £35.00 excl VAT.  This event is only open to members of ALPSP.

How to book

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Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Wed 30 Jan 2019
  • Wed 30 Jan 2019
  • Mary Ward House, , London