LBF to host new scholarly and research forum

LBF to host new scholarly and research forum

The London Book Fair (LBF), The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) and The Publishers Association (The PA) are launching a new Scholarly and Research forum at LBF.

The Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum, called “Access All Areas: Global Trends in Research and Scholarly Publishing”, will be a half-day programme of four individual sessions facilitated by Toby Green, head of publishing at OECD and Alicia Wise, director of access and policy at Elsevier. It will be sponsored by Publishers Communication Group, a division of Publishing Technology.

The forum will be an opportunity for speakers from across the globe to provide an overview to help navigate the current changes to academic and scholarly publishing. It will also provide a platform for international publishers to learn from each other, improve business, and develop new models and markets.  

The programme will feature four sessions. “Walls come tumbling down” will focus on what happens to academic and scholarly publishing when digital removes physical barriers, “Mind the gap”, will explore how different cultures do business successfully and seek new opportunities. “Where does all the money go?” will look at how different international approaches to funding higher education and research affects institutions and publishers and “MINT or BRICS?” will look at how other countries approach academic and scholarly research, what the incentives are and which emerging domestic markets to watch.  

Orna O’Brien, conference manager for LBF, said: “It is fascinating to see how different countries are approaching the new challenges and opportunities of our digital world, be it how academic and scholarly publishing is funded, to the issues around open access. We are very excited to announce this new forum to our portfolio, and I am sure attendees will create lively debates across the morning, as they share their individual approaches and points of view.” 

Mollet said that LBF would provide “the perfect platform” for publishers “from all disciplines and all countries to come together and discuss their common opportunities and challenges”.  

McCulloch added: “If you work in scholarly or research publishing, now, more than ever, connecting with international peers is essential for staying up-to-date with the latest global trends. “Access all Areas” will help you do this and we are delighted to be involved in this new initiative with LBF and the PA.” 

The forum will take place on Wednesday 15 April 2015 at LBF in the Olympia Conference Centre, London. Information about prices at booking can be found at the LBF site