Tuesday 02 February 2021

Managing and Influencing your Editorial Board - Virtual classroom 2 & 3 February


The course will be delivered in two sessions on 2 & 3 February, online at the following times: 9:00-12:00 EST (New York), 14:00-17:00 GMT (UK), 15:00-18:00 CET (Central Europe)


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 knowledge and skills to improve how your Board operates, understand more about how to motivate your Board members, and make your meetings highly effective, where everyone contributes and all necessary decisions are reached.


•             Identifying the five areas that will make your editorial board more effective
•             Find out how your editorial board compares to others
•             Setting expectation and objectives for the editorial board
•             How to get buy-in from all members, and ensure everyone stays engaged
•             How governance can change the way your board operates for the better
•             How to influence with confidence during virtual and face to face meetings

What will you learn?

Have the skills to create a high performing editorial board; identify how your editorial board is performing; prioritise areas that will improve performance and develop a strategy to implement change; easily build effective partnerships and influence others.

Who should attend

This course is for publishers, managing editors, publishing editors and academic editors responsible for managing editorial boards, either directly (as chair) or indirectly. As it will assume some prior knowledge and experience of editorial boards, the course is particularly aimed at editors with at least 1-2 years. The course will also really benefit members of editorial boards.

Delegate Comments

A fantastic course (by far the most useful ALPSP course for me so far). The tutors covered an extensive range of topics in very little time. Weren't afraid to look at perceived obvious issues which actually had not so obvious solutions. Thank you for a productive course!"
Buchi Okeraeafor, The Royal Society

I learned a lot from this course and had great discussions with other attendees. Good balance of presentation and discussion.

I liked how interactive it was and getting us to think about how we can apply the teaching in our scenarios. I think this worked well, especially as the boards we oversee are all very different, so we could apply it to individual situations.
Ania Wronski, IOP Publishing, delegate on Managing and Influencing your Editorial Board


Mark Thomas, Consultant

 Mark Thomas webMark has coached and facilitated senior boards and project teams through strategic change for over 10 years. His background is in medical science, healthcare and the psychology of communication. He works predominantly across the scientific, medical and technology industries where communication is essential but not a priority. Mark has a vast amount of experience working internationally across different cultures and helping highly intellectual professionals to communicate with ease.

May Copsey, Executive Editor, Royal Society of Chemistry

May CopseyMay is currently an Executive Editor at the Royal Society of Chemistry, where she is responsible for the flagship journal, Chemical Science. She joined the RSC fourteen years ago, and has spent eleven years of this managing Editorial Boards, as both Managing and Executive Editor. She has experience of a range of different journals from smaller, community-led journals to broader, multidisciplinary titles and the challenges that developing each of these bring. She has worked to develop and implement journal strategies with these varied Editorial Boards, in order to meet the needs of the relevant journal and community.

Early bird rates for members - Book by 11 December 2020

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Members early bird            £225 (+VAT where applicable)
Members full price             £275 (+ VAT where applicable) 
Non Members full price     £475 (+VAT where applicable
Academic rates are available, please contact

Our virtual training will be held over several afternoons (generally two) using Zoom Meetings, with sessions not longer than 3 hours (and with breaks built in). The courses have been designed to be as interactive as possible, with small group breakout sessions, pre-course work, polls, Q&A, and with plenty of time built in for networking and discussion with the tutors and delegates throughout. Helpful information for delegates attending here .

How to book
If you have any questions about this please email Melissa Marshall or any of the ALPSP team.
Any discounts will be applied at checkout.

*In order to take advantage of the early bird discount for ALPSP members, you must (i) make a booking by 11 December 2020 and (ii) be an ALPSP member on the date of the event. In the event that you cancel your membership prior to the event, you agree to pay ALPSP the difference between the discounted price and the full price for the event.



Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Tue 02 Feb 2021
  • Tue 02 Feb 2021
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