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. 

Thursday 06 February 2020

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 >

Thursday 13 February 2020

Journal Development 1: Practical plans for improving journal success

This workshop provides an essential practical introduction to the business of developing journals in order to improve performance or meet strategic goals. The course is highly interactive and participants will undertake realistic exercises to familiarize themselves with methods of evaluating their current journal (or portfolio), identify areas where journal development is required, and implement plans for change. Although some 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 04 March 2020

Creating an Inclusive Culture

Improving diversity and inclusivity can seem daunting, as the issues are so varied and best practice is not yet clear. But there are many steps you can take to start on this journey and begin creating an inclusive culture. This practical course will help you understand the benefits of a strong Diversity and Inclusion strategy, your legal and ethical obligations as a manager, and how to develop and implement a successful strategy going forward. Diversity and inclusion have never been higher on the news and social agenda than at present, and this course will help delegates understand how to take practical steps to improve inclusion. more >

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Introduction to People Management in Publishing

Becoming a manager can be daunting for even the most accomplished people in publishing. Fortunately, management is a skill like any other that can be learnt and developed through self-awareness and practice. This course offers new and developing managers a framework and approach to help support the transition into management, along with plenty of practical tips and tools to help them master the essentials and build confidence. Throughout, delegates will be encouraged to share their own experiences and to explore new ideas and techniques through practical exercises and case studies, all grounded in the context of real-world publishing. more >

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Introduction to Journals Publishing

This is an essential introductory course covering the core aspects of journals publishing for those at the beginning of their careers or new to their current role. With a focus on practical understanding, it will provide delegates with a solid foundation and the confidence to discuss and engage with key issues across their own and related functions. Case studies and small group exercises will allow participants to explore the ideas presented and network with their peers. more >

Thursday 30 April 2020

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 >

Tuesday 05 May 2020

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 13 May 2020

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 20 May 2020

Licensing your Content

Content licensing is a key component of the online scholarly publishing environment. This course provides an overview of why licensing is needed, how it works in practice, and the key issues to consider when negotiating and agreeing licenses. It aims to give delegates a full understanding of the range of license arrangements that are available, and practical guidance in how to manage them. In addition to covering licensing for online content (with a focus on third-party licensing), we also review current issues in author licensing, particularly open access and Creative Commons, and discuss recent market trends (such as the EU Digital Single Market) that may impact licensing activity. more >

Wednesday 03 June 2020

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 17 June 2020

Understanding Copyright

This 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 24 June 2020

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 >

Wednesday 01 July 2020

Journal Metric Analysis and Measuring Impact Online Training

Metrics and impact measurement have become an increasingly important part of the scholarly publishing and research landscape. This online 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. more >

Wednesday 08 July 2020

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 09 September 2020

Growing Successful Open Access Journals

This course will equip participants with the tools to make a success of an Open Access journal or journal programme. We will do this by taking people through the complexities and challenges of Open Access, highlighting the ways in which OA publishing is deeply different to subscription publishing (and some ways that it is the same!). more >