ALPSP Awards

ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2022

Call for entries - closing date 5 May


Applications are invited for any new development, product, service, launch or project which is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. Submissions can relate to any part of the scholarly and professional publishing industry but must demonstrate excellence in terms of originality and innovation, significance and value to its community, utility and long-term viability. Applications must define clearly the benefits and advances they represent in their sector. The judges may make more than one award depending on the submissions received. 

In order for the panel to make a reasoned assessment, each application must include detail on the background, business model, resources, development, operation of the product or service and how you are measuring its success. Applications should be sent by email to Lesley Ogg

The closing date for receipt of applications has been extended to Thursday 5 May (6pm BST). 

The shortlist will be confirmed in June and the winners announced at the ALPSP Annual Conference in September.

ALPSP may publish a list of submissions together with the statements of innovation.  All other information within the applications will be treated in strictest confidence. 

Application process

Please preface your application with a summary Statement of Innovation (maximum 100 words) outlining the key features which make the product or service innovative and demonstrate its value to the industry.

Supporting information should include detail on the following:

  • What are the main features and functions of the product or service?
  • What was the background and research behind its development or launch?
  • What resources went into its creation?
  • What makes it significant and innovative?
  • What value does it offer, how is this measured?
  • What is its business model and what is the scope for further expansion?

Please be sure to include the following in your application:

  • Name of product or service
  • Publisher or owner
  • Date product or service launched
  • Product or service website
  • If a username and password is required to access the content, please supply details with your application.
  • Full contact details of person submitting the application

There is no word limit for your application but we suggest a minimum of 500 words and maximum of 2000 words. Please aim to be concise and provide the key information necessary for the panel to judge it rather than providing unnecessary additional background material – less is more! If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to give a more detailed virtual presentation to the judges on Friday 8 July

The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 5 May.  

Please note that if you do not provide sufficient information about the innovation you are submitting, the panel will not be able to give due consideration to the application. If the publication, product or service is produced on behalf of another organization, the owner’s written permission for the submission to be made is required.

For further information please contact Lesley Ogg (email; +44 (0)7740 702848)

Panel of Judges

David Sommer, Chief Product Officer & Co-founder, Kudos (Chair)
Andrew Barker, Director of Library Services and Learning Development, Lancaster University
Kivmars Bowling, Publications Director, SIAM
Iain Craig, Senior Director of Market & Publishing Analytics, Wiley
Richard Gedye, Scholarly and Professional Publishing Consultant
Athena Hoeppner, Discovery Services Librarian, University of Central Florida
Robert Iannello, Senior Product Manager, ARM Education Media
Haseeb Md Irfanullah, Independent Consultant, Environment Climate Change & Research System
Andrea Powell, Director of Outreach and Publisher Coordinator for the Research4Life initiative
Louise Russell, Director, Tutton Russell Consulting
David Smith, Head of Technology Strategy, The IET

Conditions of Entry

  1. The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) reserves the right to make no Award if there are insufficient high quality applications.
  2. Applications must be made in accordance with the instructions under ‘How to apply’.
  3. The closing date for receipt of entries is 5 May 2022.
  4. ALPSP may publish a list of submissions together with the statements of innovation.  All other information within the applications will be treated in strictest confidence. 
  5. The judges will consider all the applications and draw up a shortlist. Representatives of the shortlisted applications will be invited to give a 15-minute virtual presentation to the Judges on 8 July.
  6. Each finalist will be invited to give a 5 minute presentation to showcase their application at the ALPSP Conference.
  7. There are no geographical restrictions on entries.
  8. If the publication or service is produced on behalf of another organization, the consent of the publication’s owner or service provider is required.
  9. Award Winners will receive a trophy and certificate. No cash alternative can be substituted for the prize.
  10. There are no restrictions on number of entries.
  11. Criteria for judging entries are as detailed above.
  12. Entries will not be returned.
  13. Winners of the Awards will be announced at the ALPSP Conference on 15 September 2022.
  14. Post event publicity: (a) Details including photographs of all Award winners may be published on the ALPSP website; (b) Press Releases announcing the winners will also be distributed to relevant media; (c) Details of winners may be published in ALPSP Alert and Learned Publishing.

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For further information please contact Lesley Ogg (email; +44 (0)7740 702848)