ALPSP launches industry forum with London Book Fair and Publishers Association

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ALPSP has teamed up with London Book Fair and the Publishers Association to launch of the inaugural Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum.

Developed in collaboration with London Book Fair (LBF), ALPSP and the Publishers Association, Access all Areas: Global Trends in Research and Scholarly Publishing will provide scholarly publishers with the opportunity to hear about the international trends affecting research publishing. The forum will be held at the London Book Fair, at London's Olympia, on 15 April.

At a time of unprecedented change in academic and scholarly publishing, when the internet has dissolved physical supply chains, and the process of disseminating research is more global than ever, different national approaches to funding, assessment and open access are creating new friction points in this process – which, ALPSP says, is in turn affecting researchers, their institutions and publishers worldwide.

Access All Areas: Global Trends in Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum will provide an opportunity for speakers to provide an overview to help navigate these fundamental changes, and a forum for international publishers to learn from each other, improve business, and develop new models and markets.

Facilitated by Toby Green, head of publishing at OECD and Alicia Wise, director of access and policy at Elsevier, the programme features four sessions:

  • Walls come tumbling down: what happens to academic and scholarly publishing when digital removes physical barriers? Chair: Audrey McCulloch, chief executive, ALPSP;
  • Mind the gap: how can we learn from different cultures to do business successfully and seek new opportunities?Chair: Richard Mollet, chief executive, The PA;
  • Where does all the money go? How do different international approaches to funding higher education and research affect institutions and publishers? Chair: Toby Green, head of pPublishing, OECD; and
  • MINT or BRICS? How do other countries approach academic and scholarly research, what are the incentives and which are the emerging domestic markets to watch? Chair: Alicia Wise, director of access and policy, Elsevier.