Tuesday 23 February 2016

Introduction to Journals Publishing

This course will be running again in 2017. Please contact Melissa Marshall for dates. For in-house enquiries (members only), please contact Amanda Whiting.  


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.


  • Roles in journal publishing and types of publishers
  • Authors: why they publish, what they want, article types
  • Intellectual property
  • Publishing ethics
  • Subscriptions, licensing and consortia
  • Other means of access to content: open access, philanthropic arrangements, pay-per-view, membership models
  • Models of open access
  • Online journals: publisher sites, aggregators
  • Print distribution, fulfilment and customer service
  • Marketing
  • Measures of success (citation metrics, altmetrics, financial performance)
  • Online archiving and repositories; libraries and pricing; the evolving journal.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to

Understand the role of the editor and editorial office; know what happens to a paper after acceptance; understand how journal finances work; appreciate what goes into a journal marketing plan and how it is executed; understand the difference between the subscription and open access business model, and be aware of some of the threats and opportunities in the future for journal publishers.

Who should attend (Level 1 course)

All those new to journals publishing with up to one years’ experience. Particularly relevant to those working in editorial, production and marketing with job titles such as Publishing/Editorial Assistant, Assistant/Associate Editor, Production Assistant, Assistant Production Editor, Assistant Marketing Manager. Also relevant to those in the related departments of sales, subscriptions and customer service; as well as those who have been out of this area for several years and are seeking a refresher.


Jon Newbury, University of LondonJon Newbury

As Publishing Manager at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, Jon is responsible for the development and delivery of the School of Advanced Study’s interdepartmental open access publication project. He has worked for a number of academic journals publishers, most recently as Associate Publisher for open access at Elsevier. He holds an MA in Publishing from UCL and acts as an alumni mentor for students interested in publishing. 

Simon Linacre, Emerald Group PublishingSimon Linacre

Simon is an Executive Publisher at Emerald with oversight of Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Economics and Tourism subject areas. He has been with Emerald for 12 years with direct experience in journal acquisitions, open access and business development. His background is in journalism, and he has been published in academic journals on the topics of bibliometrics and knowledge transfer. He holds Masters degrees in Philosophy and International Business and has global experience lecturing to researchers on publishing strategies.

Delegate Comments

"The course was pitched correctly and served as an excellent overview to journals publishing. Very informative and detailed course material." D. Bedwell, Informa UK

"The speakers were enthusiastic, helpful and interesting. It's a great introduction to journals publishing. I think everyone enjoyed the day." Charlotte Walton, Wiley

Having only worked in publishing for three months, this was a thorough, clear and succinct introduction. The presentation handout will, no doubt, become my bible.

Krysta Monopoli, Oxford University Press

This course will commence at 09:30 (registration, with tea/coffee, from 09:00) and end at approximately 17:00
Members           £365.00 (+ VAT where applicable)
Non Members   £530.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Venue: 41 Portland Place, London, W1B 1QH, T: +44 (0)20 3176 2182 (Map)
Contact: Melissa Marshall  T: +44 (0)1622 871035 E:

How to book
Please note that you will need to log in to your account or register a new account to book a place on this training course. If you have any questions about this please email Melissa Marshall or any of the ALPSP team.

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Tue 23 Feb 2016
  • Tue 23 Feb 2016
  • 41 Portland Place, Academy of Social Sciences, London