ANALYSIS & OPINION

Celebrating academic publishing at LBF

Jacks Thomas, director of London Book Fair, previews next month's event

In less than a month the grand halls of Olympia, London, will open their doors for the 46th installment of The London Book Fair. As ever, we look forward to welcoming a growing number of delegates from the scholarly publishing community, who flock to the fair to gain valuable insights on big themes and market trends, to be inspired by the industry’s greatest minds, and to meet up with likeminded peers – all during the course of three jam-packed days.

The Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum

Access All Areas: Global Trends in Research and Scholarly Publishing; Wednesday 15 March 2017, 09:30 to 14:00

Last week we announced the line-up for our dedicated half-day academic publishing conference, The Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum, and I am particularly excited about what’s in store this year. Back for the third year running, the conference will offer a compact schedule of lively panel debates, ‘in conversation with’ sessions, keynote speeches and networking opportunities. This year the proceedings will be hosted by two industry powerhouses – Mandy Hill from Cambridge University Press and Helen Dobson from the University of Manchester, and high-level speakers from Wiley, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis are just some of the prestigious names on the roster.

Highlights from the event include:

  •     A discussion about the future of open access in the UK between Alicia Wise, Elsevier’s director of policy and access, Liam Earney, Jisc Collections’ head of library support services, and Chris Banks, assistant provost and director of library services, Central Library, Imperial College London;
  •     A panel presenting global research policy developments chaired by Wiley’s James Perham-Marchant, featuring speakers from Taylor & Francis, Berghahn Books and Research Consulting; and
  •     A panel session on new innovations to watch, chaired by Tracey Armstrong, President and CEO of the Copyright Clearance Center, including speakers from Sparrho, Frontiers and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

The Faculty @ LBF; 14 – 16 March 2017

Five years ago we made the decision to expand our scholarly offering to ensure that our academic delegates really get the most out of their visit to LBF. Collaborating with our partners at ALPSP and the Publishers Association, we programmed a dedicated academic show floor theatre within this area. Bustling, buzzing and packed to the rafters, The Faculty has now become one of LBF’s most successful features and each year its seminar schedule goes from strength-to-strength.

Highlights from this year’s programme include:

Day One – 14 March 2017

  •     Connecting readers to content and keeping their interest (11:30)
  •     Journal sales strategies for smaller academic publishers (13:00)
  •     Shaping the story: How new technologies are bringing about the next chapter in academic book publishing (16:00)
  •     Making Open Access work for scholarly monographs (17:30)

Day Two – 15 March 2017

  •     How to enhance value: revenue and content models of the future (11:30)
  •     The academic book of the future: policy and practice findings (13:00)
  •     The winning move for Open Access (16:00)
  •     Is there a place for independent publishing in the academic world? (17:30)

Day Three – 16 March 2017

  •     Authentication and the holy grail (11:30)
  •     One size fits none: how to reach academics at various career stages (13:00)

To find out more or to book your ticket to LBF,  visit http://www.londonbookfair.co.uk

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