Training

ALPSP training is devised and delivered by publishers for publishers. All courses are proposed and directed by our industry Professional Development Committee to help organizations develop skilled, informed and motivated staff who are better able to deal with the rapidly changing landscape of scholarly and professional publishing.

New for 2018 - Early Bird rates for members

Courses are suitable across different organization sizes and disciplines and feature:

  • Industry tutors with relevant knowledge and experience to share
  • Limited delegate numbers to ensure a hands-on experience
  • Pre-course questionnaires to allow course content to be tailored
  • Up-to-date content that reflect current trends and delegate feedback
  • Comprehensive course materials and further reading.

Course levels

Level 1       
Aimed at people who are new to their jobs or who have been in them for a short period of time. They are also excellent refreshers for people returning to publishing or changing disciplines.
Level 2  
Suitable for delegates with some experience in publishing who are now looking to expand their skills.
Level 3
Aimed at delegates with several years' experience in publishing in more specialist, senior or strategic roles.

Contact Melissa Marshall if you have any questions about selecting or booking a course.

If you are an ALPSP member, we can also run an in-company version of a course. See our In-House Training page for details or contact Amanda Whiting to discuss your requirements. 

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Understanding Copyright

This online course provides an essential introduction to copyright law and how it is used in practice. Delegates will gain an understanding of the legal publishing landscape, and be able to make sense of their own organization’s contracts and licences. more >

Wednesday 07 November 2018

An Introduction to Agile Project Management for Publishing

The focus of the course is to present the core philosophies behind successful Agile project management, brought to life by anecdotes, war stories, publishing case studies and robust discussion on the various techniques. The role of product owner will be briefly examined, with respect to stakeholder management and user story development. Delegates will work in small groups to practice the relevant concepts and learn how to avoid the common pitfalls. The course will allow team members embarking on a project to use a range of Agile techniques through practical exercises. more >

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Acquiring and Selling Publishing Assets

This workshop will examine the issues, decisions and legal processes involved in the acquisition and sale of publishing assets and demonstrate how to achieve these as successfully and smoothly as possible. It will focus on asset sales and purchases but will also touch upon the considerations involved in buying or selling a company. more >

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Advanced Journal Development: Strategic development for journal managers

This course has been designed as a follow-on from Journal Development 1 which provides participants with a toolbox system for planning the development of their journals. This more advanced course looks at overarching strategies for journal development including acquisition and portfolio development. The course is built around case studies to allow participants to work on simulated scenarios in order to discuss and test ideas and strategies with their peers and the course facilitators. more >

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Creating an Inclusive Culture

Diversity and inclusion are not just issues of social justice, they also make good business sense. However, addressing them can seem daunting. This is a practical course to help you understand your legal and ethical obligations and implement a successful diversity and inclusion strategy in your workplace. Diversity and inclusion have never been higher on the news and social agenda than at present, and this course will help delegates understand what the law requires, and the practical steps they can take to improve inclusion. more >

Wednesday 06 March 2019

Journal Development 1: Practical plans for improving journal success

This workshop provides an essential practical introduction to the business of developing journals. The course is highly interactive and participants will undertake realistic exercises to familiarize themselves with methods of evaluating their current journal (or portfolio) and provide ideas on how they can introduce changes. Although familiarity with the scholarly publishing environment is required, part of the course will also involve discussion of the role of journals in today’s research environment and will consider what threats and opportunities exist for current publishing models. more >

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Publication Ethics: Fraud and misconduct

A wide range of ethical issues can arise in academic publishing. These can be caused by misbehaving authors (e.g. committing plagiarism or fraud), by abuse of editorial positions and also by conflicts between publishers’ and societies’ commercial interests and principles of editorial freedom and integrity. This course will cover how to detect and deal effectively with possible misconduct and show the importance of having sound ethical policies. While the principles and theories covered are applicable across most publication types, some issues covered will be particularly relevant to journals publishing more >

Wednesday 03 April 2019

Effective Journal Editorial Management

This course introduces the common issues and tasks encountered in journal management. Considering various approaches to effective journal management and relationship building, it enables delegates to build on their skills to be more effective in meeting the day-to-day challenges of journal publishing, changing business models and editorial processes. The emphasis is on practical advice and guidance. more >

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Introduction to Journals Marketing

An essential introduction to the changing and challenging role of promoting journals in today’s market, which starts by considering the context in which we are striving to get noticed, including competing with free online resources, declining academic library budgets, and the shift away from journals and on to articles. How does all of this impact on the marketing we should be doing? How do we engage with audiences with so many demands on the attention? We also discuss the sector’s increased emphasis on author and society relationships and on ‘input marketing’ – encouraging high quality submissions and therefore marketable content. more >

Thursday 20 June 2019

Journal Financial Strategy for Non-Financial Managers

This course is essential for middle and senior publishing managers, who meet a multiplicity of financial problems in managing a journals portfolio. The workshop will introduce finance and accounting problems that managers face at senior level, and ensure they have the tools to deal with these effectively. more >

Thursday 04 July 2019

Managing and Influencing your Editorial Board

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. more >

Wednesday 17 July 2019

Effective Journals Marketing

Technology is changing, new business models are developing and new markets emerging – the journal publishing landscape is shifting. These new developments offer challenges for journals marketing. This course provides a strategic overview of this dynamic environment and how best to apply marketing techniques to achieve your journal’s objectives. The workshop will be highly interactive. more >

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Effective Social Media for Scholarly Publishers

Social media now offers the opportunity to reach huge audiences around the globe, but how can publishers effectively harness these new tools to achieve their own objectives? This course will help you to integrate social media into the marketing communications and wider promotional plans of your organization, regardless of budget or size of publisher. It will include setting measurable objectives, practical tips on what works - and what doesn’t - for different platforms. more >

Thursday 26 September 2019

Online Journal Discovery and Delivery: Working with libraries and industry intermediaries to maximise readership

Formerly Understanding EJournal Technology this course has been updated to reflect the needs of delegates. This course will provide an insight into the technologies behind online journal delivery, and help delegates understand the challenges faced by libraries in providing readers with access to their journals. The course will be business-centric – clearly positioning technologies in the context of the industry issues they aim to solve. Participants will learn how technologies influence the delivery of journals from publisher via library to the end-user. more >

Wednesday 02 October 2019

Commissioning Content: Working effectively with authors and editors

This course considers ways in which to develop and manage a commercially successful academic journal and book programme. Taking delegates step-by-step through the commissioning process, it aims to provide practical advice, relevant tips and techniques to commission and solicit successful content and titles – from market scanning and community development through to proposal management and eventual publication. It also considers appropriate financial forecasting models. more >