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ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2020 - the winners

ALPSP is delighted to announce that the winners of this year’s ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing, are Jus Mundi and WordToEPUB with the Open Library of Humanities receiving highly commended. Read the Press Release here.

The ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2020, sponsored by Publishers’ Licensing Services, were presented by David Sommer, Chair of the judging panel, at the opening of the ALPSP Virtual Conference 2020 on Wednesday 16 September.

Winner: Jus Mundi

Jus Mundi Academic Research logoJus Mundi 
Jus Mundi is a multilingual search engine for international law. We provide legal researchers worldwide with an innovative way to build comprehensive international legal knowledge

Winner: WordToEPUB

Daisy Consortium logoWordToEPUB  
WordToEPUB is the exciting free tool to create EPUB publications with built-in accessibility features which facilitate use by people with print disabilities.


Highly Commended: Open Library of Humanities

OLH logoOpen Library of Humanities 
The Open Library of Humanities, a sustainable scholar-led consortial funding model for Gold Open Access in the humanities without publication fees.

The finalists were showcased at the Awards Lightning Session online on 8 September and the winners will be announced at the start of the ALPSP Conference on 16 September.  

Awards Finalists Presentations  

Access the recording here


Awards shortlist: 

Charlesworth Group logoCharlesworth WeChat Gateway
Charlesworth WeChat Gateway provides STM Publishers with the ability to integrate back end systems into WeChat to create engaging experiences for China based authors.

DataSeer logoDataSeer
We guide researchers through the data sharing process for their manuscripts, allowing journals and funders to have consistent and enforceable data sharing policies.

RigorTransparency logoRigor and Transparency Index powered by SciScore

An automated reviewer (SciScore) scored over a million papers, detecting which of the rigor and transparency criteria authors addressed. How did your journal fare?

Scholarcy logoScholarcy 
Scholarcy applies machine learning to extract structured data and knowledge summaries from scholarly content, helping researchers manage information overload and making primary research accessible to non-experts.

Select Crowd Review logoSelect Crowd Review 
Select Crowd Review is an interactive and safe way to improve the quality and speed of publishing, using the mechanisms of social media communication.

You can view all of the 2020 submissions here 

About the Awards Application and Judging Process 

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 was Thursday 7 May (5pm BST).

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. 

How to Apply

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 presentation to the judges on Wednesday 8 July. Where travel to London is not practical, this can be via a conference call.

The closing date for receipt of applications was Thursday 7 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)
Kivmars Bowling, Publications Director, SIAM
Iain Craig, Senior Director of Market & Publishing Analytics, Wiley
Astrid Engelen-Visser, Business Strategist, IOS Press
Lorraine Estelle, Project Director, COUNTER
Richard Gedye, Scholarly and Professional Publishing Consultant
Athena Hoeppner, Discovery Services Librarian, University of Central Florida
Robert Iannello, Senior Education Manager, ARM Education Media
Andrea Powell, Outreach Director and Publisher Coordinator, Research4Life, STM
David Smith, Head of Product Solutions, 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 7 May 2020.
  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 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 Virtual Conference on 16 September 2020.
  14. Post event publicity: (a) Details including photographs of all Award winners may be published on the ALPSP website after the Awards Dinner; (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)

The 2020 ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing are sponsored by PLS.PLS Logo