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. 

Thursday 30 November 2017

How to make Content more Discoverable through SEO

If you’re in marketing or editorial and writing copy for your website, what can you do to help readers to find your products? You need to understand how to make search optimization work for you. This course focuses on the practical things you can do, explains how search engines work, and equips you with essential tools you can start to use immediately. more >

Tuesday 05 December 2017

Introduction to Journals Publishing: How journals work and the different roles involved in publishing them

Developed from our most popular introductory course this online workshop is now available globally. We have taken a blended learning approach – 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. Part one provides an introduction to context, job roles and the publication stages in scholarly publishing. more >

Wednesday 07 February 2018

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 07 March 2018

Introduction to Journals Publishing

This is an essential introductory course covering all aspects of journals publishing for those who are at the beginning of their careers. It covers everything from peer review to online delivery, and provides delegates with a clear understanding of how all the elements in this fast-moving area fit together. Tutors will draw on case studies from their own experience and across all disciplines. more >

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Developing Open Access and Hybrid Journals

The aim of this course is to introduce staff from all areas of journals publishing to the complexities and unique challenges of running an open access journal or journals programme. Delegates will participate in group discussion of open access journals and will work through case studies to develop high level strategies for launching or converting open access journals including finances, operations, and sales and marketing. By the end of the course delegates should have an understanding of the key steps involved in establishing and maintaining open access journals, as well as an awareness of some of the key issues to navigate. more >

Tuesday 20 March 2018

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

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 28 March 2018

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 18 April 2018

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 >

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Journal Metric Analysis and Measuring Impact

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 >

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Introduction to Journals Publishing: The role of journals and how to measure success

Developed from our most popular introductory course this online workshop is now available globally. This course will provide delegates with an understanding of what makes a successful journal, finance and business models as well as the basics of copyright and IP. The workshop also covers 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 23 May 2018

Introduction to Journals Publishing: How journals work and the different roles involved in publishing them

Developed from our most popular introductory course this online workshop is now available globally. The course provides an introduction to context, job roles and the publication stages in scholarly publishing. This workshop 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 >

Monday 04 June 2018

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 13 June 2018

Fundamentals of Finance for Publishers

Can you make any sense of the financial information provided to you? What do all those financial terms mean? This course provides an essential and in-depth look at finances with an overview of profitability, revenue streams and expenses. It also examines emerging industry trends such as open access and the impact on journals financial management. This course is specifically for non-finance budget holders new to budget management or those looking to take on responsibility for finance in publishing. more >

Wednesday 20 June 2018

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 >

Wednesday 27 June 2018

Licensing your Content

Licensing content has rapidly become a key component of the academic publishing environment, but why is this needed and what are the practicalities? What are the key issues to be aware of and consider when negotiating a licence? This course will outline the development of licensing on various platforms including print and online (and mobile). It will also cover current issues around author licensing, open access and the use of Creative Commons licences, and will give delegates a full understanding of the growing range of licence arrangements that are now available for all content. more >