Stellar line-up for London Book Fair academic forum

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London Book Fair has announced the line-up for The Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum (7 April), which will explore technology and new concepts driving change, the nuances and realities of open access, as well as views from institutions, research funders and consortia.

The conference will be chaired by Malavika Legge, publishing director at the Biochemical Society and chair of the Society Publishers’ Coalition (SocPC) who also curated the programme.  Andy Ventris, event director at The London Book Fair will join Malavika in launching the conference, which will take place this year in the Pillar Hall in Olympia, London.

Speakers participating in the Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum include: Alex Freeman, director at Octopus; Yvonne Campfens, executive director at OA Switchboard; Robert Kiley, head of strategy for cOAlition S; Dr Frances Pinter, executive chair at Central European University Press; and Hong Zhou, Atypon's director of AI research and development, among others. Perspectives from Taylor & Francis, Jisc, and COPIM will also feature.

Sessions at the conference will tackle key topics within academic publishing, including: how AI and other technology is advancing workflows and knowledge discovery; novel approaches to sharing primary research; new data on transformative agreements; and the transition to open scholarship for books and monographs. There will also be a long-awaited opportunity for those in the field to network in person, with this being the first RSPF conference to take place physically since the pandemic. 

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