My Job In 5: Barry Fry, Head of Production Management, Journals, Taylor and Francis

My Job In 5: Barry Fry, Head of Production Management, Journals, Taylor and Francis

Describe your role

I am responsible for managing a group of team leaders who in turn manage over 30 production staff working on more than 500 journals that have to be published to schedule, budget and quality standards. The role is varied: one day I might be deep in analytics, reviewing workloads across the teams, setting objectives and managing progress, while another day might involve working on strategic changes to the production workflow.

What do you like best about your role?

Production is customer facing and it’s great to have real opportunities to shape and make decisions about the future strategy of the publication experience and help to develop changes, with colleagues, which have a real benefit to the author experience.

Which great new titles are you involved with at the moment?

We are currently integrating a new portfolio of medical titles and it is fascinating to communicate and learn about an entirely new author base in a discipline that is at the cutting edge of research.

How has production changed in the digital landscape?

We continually need to adapt and change the information we capture to reflect the public’s changing reading habits. The flow of information is now based around capturing article metadata and tagging content for delivery to multiple platforms across a range of devices. Technological developments mean the author can manage almost all of the publication process themselves via our online platforms and know exactly where their article is in the production process, from submission to publication.

What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry?

There are some great postgraduate publishing courses available that provide work-based placements and offer a detailed insight in to the different types of publishers out there and the roles available. Journals publishing is an ever-changing landscape, so do some research and talk to as many people in the industry as possible.

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