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.

Discounts and early bird rates for ALPSP members

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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 08 May 2019

Growing Successful Open Access Journals

Are you running a journal or journal programme to deliver on your Open Access publishing strategy? Do you have responsibility for implementing an OA programme? Do you need to inform your approach to OA with a practical perspective? This course will equip participants with the tools to make a success of an Open Access journal or journal programme. more >

Friday 17 May 2019

Project Management for Publishing

Projects are vital for all publishing organizations to move forward and implement change. Everyone gets involved in them. They may involve developing new products, new processes and systems, adopting new technologies, reaching new markets, acquiring new business, selecting new suppliers or improving existing processes. Projects are also challenging and often fail to achieve the desired results. This course provides those managing projects as well as those working on them with a template and many supporting tools that can be applied to all projects, large or small, to help ensure successful outcomes. It has a strong emphasis on getting things right at the outset because this is where most problems with projects arise. The programme is highly practical and includes break-out sessions using real project scenarios provided by delegates as well as providing publishing case studies as examples of what works and what doesn’t. 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 >

Wednesday 03 July 2019

Journal Metric Analysis and Measuring Impact - NEW Online Training

Metrics and impact measurement have become an increasingly important part of the scholarly publishing and research landscape. This course covers some of the ways publishers can measure impact and the associated metrics. It is divided between citation metrics, such as the Impact Factor and citation based analysis, and altmetrics looking at a range of tools such as altmetric.com, Impact Story and PlumX. The course also covers usage as a metric and various author and article level metrics such as the h-index. There will be break-out sessions offering extensive hands-on use of the main citation databases and altmetric data – illustrating the types of analysis which can be derived from these data sources. 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 >

Tuesday 24 September 2019

Introduction to Sales Management in Scholarly Publishing: Selling to libraries, academics and institutions

This course will accelerate the learning of sales managers new to scholarly publishing who aim to build a revenue stream and customer-base by focusing on how to formulate and implement sales strategy for institutions, libraries, academics, and consortiums, appropriate to markets both domestic and international. 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 >

Tuesday 08 October 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 09 October 2019

How Journals Work: A complete introduction - Online Training

Developed from our most popular introductory course this online workshop is now available globally. We have amalgamated the previous 2 separate training courses into one interactive course over 2 sessions. In this blended learning workshop delegates will have interactive time with the tutor online as well as pre- and post- course work to prepare for and reflect on what has been discussed and will provide delegates with an understanding of what makes successful journal, finance and business models as well as the basics of copyright and IP. The workshop provides an introduction to context, job roles and the publication stages in scholarly publishing and also covers the fundamentals of marketing. It is relevant to all those new to journals publishing with up to one year's experience or those who have been out of this area for several years and are seeking a refresher. more >

Wednesday 13 November 2019

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 20 November 2019

Understanding Copyright Online

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 27 November 2019

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 >