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Join us for the 2023 UKSG Forum! The UKSG Forum is a dynamic exhibition and networking event designed to bring together the knowledge community. The UKSG Forum was conceived in response to requests from members. Returning by demand after a break it's a major event in the scholarly communications calendar supporting UKSG’s mission "to connect the knowledge community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication".


Tuesday, December 5, 2023 - 09:30 GMT
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 - 17:15 GMT


Leonardo Royal Hotel
245 Broad Street
Birmingham, B1 2HQ
United Kingdom

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About the Event






Registration is now closed to join the waitlist visit - Waitlist for the UKSG Forum 2023 | UKSG

The Forum is one of the key benefits of being a UKSG member and attendance is therefore free to anyone working for a UKSG member organisation or as an individual member

For non members a charge of £75+VAT applies. (More information on becoming a member can be found here).

Please note there will be a limit of 10 people from one institution.  

Sponsorship & Exhibition

If you are interested in sponsoring and/or exhibiting there are a limited number of opportunities and table tops available - click here to secure yours (it will be first come first served).  We will let you know that you have been successful.


The UKSG Forum is one of the key benefits of being a UKSG member and attendance is therefore free to anyone working within a UKSG member organisation. In line with its charitable status, UKSG also wishes to encourage attendance by members of the wider community and therefore subsidises the event so that a nominal charge applies to non-members. 

Programme chairs: Katherine Rose, Magaly Bascones, Tim Leonard

Free to UKSG members!

What can I expect at the UKSG Forum?

  • sessions on best practice and interesting projects
  • a comprehensive exhibition
  • ample, good-quality networking opportunities

The Forum is the place for ideas, debate, provocations and short briefings. The programme consists of short lightning talks that provide “food for thought", appealing to a broad range of interests and levels.

"The short presentations made the day very flexible.  I was able to attend the sessions, switch to the exhibition and pick up refreshments when I wanted."

"A laid back event, just right for networking, and a good combination of timings for lightning talks, meetings and networking."


This year’s theme is “Everything everywhere all at once”: keeping up with our users information needs in the age of open scholarship and TikTok.  We believe this theme encapsulates the challenges and opportunities we face in an increasingly interconnected and fast-paced world. 

As the world has emerged from the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the pace of change seems to be at an all-time high. This free UKSG Forum will explore the many facets of change affecting scholarly publishing today.


We’re committed to running accessible training and events. We want you to feel welcome, included, and able to fully engage in our sessions.

To help us, please share any access needs you have when prompted by our booking form. We may be in touch to ensure we’re making the right adjustments. 

If you have particular accessibility needs or questions about this seminar/webinar, we encourage you to contact to discuss further. 

The hotel's accessibility features include:

  • Accessible toilets in public areas
  • Lifts to all floors
  • A number of bedrooms suitable for wheelchair access


The hotel is well located and close to all key transport links in Birmingham, please click here for more details.

Do note: The hotel is situated in Birmingham Clean Air Zone (CAZ) which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is designed to reduce vehicle emissions inside the city centre. To view details, as well as check your vehicle compliance with the scheme, please visit 

With thanks to our sponsors:




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Programme and Speakers


Registration & Exhibition Viewing


Welcome and Introduction


Keynote: Don’t Leave Us This Way…How Do We Retain and Engage With Our Users in a Constantly Changing Environment

How do we engage with our users and put our users at the centre of what we need to deliver? But also how do we ensure that we continue to deliver what they need in the future and how do we future-proof our services with the challenges new technologies bring that move very swiftly onward and sometimes feel outwith our reach.

Kirsty Lingstadt
University of York

Kirsty Lingstadt is Director of Library, Archives and Learning Services at the University of York. Her focus is on digital for learning, teaching and research with a specific focus on online collections; digital making, scholarship and preservation. Previously she has worked at senior level at the University of Edinburgh as well as at Historic Environment Scotland and local government.


Promoting research in a (possibly) post twitter world - Beth Montague-Hellen

Research Librarians frequently spend time encouraging and supporting researchers to share their research more broadly, increasing visibility and impact. For many years Twitter (now X) has been a big part of this, allowing researchers to share both with fellow researchers and with the general public. Unfortunately, the new direction that Elon Musk has taken the social network has caused a general exodus and has made the tool generally less useful.

Beth Montague-Hellen
Francis Crick Institute

Dr Beth Montague-Hellen started off academic life as a Molecular Biologist studying at Manchester University. The next 14 years were spent as a bioinformatician, accruing an MSc and a Phd on the way.

Following this, Beth decided that supporting others to do excellent research was far more rewarding than actually doing the research and so moved into Libraries and Research Support. Beth takes an as open-as-possible, EDI focused approach to research support and is a big advocate for green OA alongside a completely transparent research cycle including radically open data and software sharing.


Five Tips: Understanding User Expectations in a New Information Landscape of Open Access Publishing

Scholarly journal publishing is currently influenced by various multifaceted and interlinked challenges, including the added complexities related to open access and open scholarship, and the changing needs of today’s authors, who aren’t just authors, but consumers of highly sophisticated, AI-driven technologies in their everyday lives.

In this inspiring lightning talk, we will dive into the evolving needs of authors, highlighting how their expectations have been shaped by innovative practices seen in other industries, and discuss methodologies that can be used to identify authors’ needs specifically when it comes to journal publishing.

Jan Rylewicz

Jan has worked in scholarly-and edudcational publishing for nearly twenty years. He started out as a bookseller in Germany, then moved into academic publishing, holding a variety of roles internationally at Nature Publishing, SAGE Publishing, and Cambridge University among others, with a focus on business development and production. He is passionate about scholarly publishing’s move towards Open Access and a more equitable, knowledgeable world.


Q&A Session - Beth Montague-Hellen & Jan Rylewicz


Break & Exhibition Viewing


Are society publishers a dying breed?

Learned societies are an under-appreciated part of the research and publishing landscape whose role is increasingly under threat. Drawing on an analysis of almost 300 UK societies, this talk will explain how the society publishing landscape has changed since 2015, highlighting the growing tendency for societies to outsource publishing to third parties, Using UACES as a case study, we will consider some of the reasons for societies changing their approach to publishing, including the role of open access in these decisions, and discuss the impact that a reduced role for societies in publishing may have on end users.

Rob Johnson
Research Consulting

Rob Johnson is the Managing Director of Research Consulting, a mission-driven business which works to improve the effectiveness and impact of research and scholarly communication. He began his career with KPMG, the international professional services firm, before working in a senior research management role at the University of Nottingham. Since founding Research Consulting in 2013 he has led more than 150 projects in the field of scholarly communication and research. He is a UKSG Trustee, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds an MSc in Higher Education Management from Loughborough University.


Emily Linnemann

Dr Emily Linnemann is Executive Director of UACES (University Association of Contemporary European Studies). She has worked at UACES since 2010, and as Executive Director since 2015. UACES publishes 2 journals in collaboration with Wiley: JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies and Contemporary European Politics. Until 2023, UACES also published an in-house open-access journal, Journal of Contemporary European Research. Dr Linnemann takes a lead role in decision-making about UACES’s publishing activities and works closely with UACES’s trustees on editor recruitment, journal marketing and strategic development.


Prioritising diversity, collaboration, and innovation in launching new academic journals

What happens to a journal if you focus on diversity and inclusion from the word go? Diversity in academic publishing is key in ensuring equity and representation in authorships, reviewer pools and on editorial boards. To combat the challenges experienced by established journals of implementing strategies to make their authorship more diverse and inclusive and reimagine the academic publishing model, Cambridge has launched two new journal series: Cambridge Prisms and Research Directions, which have been built with diversity, inclusivity and innovation at their core.

Jessica Jones
Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Dr Jess Jones is the Publisher, Scientific Editor of the Cambridge Prisms, a new series of open access journals published by Cambridge University Press that prioritise diversity and representation in authorship. Dr Jones has worked in academic publishing for almost 10 years and during this time has launched/relaunched over 20 open access academic journals. Coming from a career in academia in the area of determining electronic properties of solid-state materials, Jess is passionate for promoting representative publishing across different research fields

Monica Moniz
Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Dr Monica Moniz started at the Press in 2015 and, since, launched four new STM open access journals and managed several life science journals. She is now Programme Manager and Publisher of a new series of open access, STM journals at the press called Research Directions. This portfolio is comprised of 8 innovative, question-ked open access journals that include topics as varied as Bioelectronics and One Health. Having previously been a microbiologist, Monica is keen to experiment on how science journals can better reflect how research is conducted.


'In the Realm of the Databases': how academic users navigate the e-resourciverse

This session will focus on the core users of the aggregated platforms which are a key part of the library universe: UK and US undergraduates and instructors, in HSS subjects, who are often oblivious to issues such as Open Scholarship and simply focused on finding material for course assignments and teaching. Over the course of 50+ UX interviews, we learnt a lot about how users navigate search engines, discovery, VLEs, databases and eBook platforms. We found a sophisticated understanding of the different behaviour of each platform, listened to the language users use to describe them, and will be feeding all of this into our design process.

Matt Kibble

Matt Kibble is Director of Product Management for Gale’s academic databases, with responsibility for Gale Research Complete, the OneFile suite of aggregated periodical databases, specialist resources in Literature and Business Studies, and for areas such as Discovery and Usage. He has been working in this field for more than 20 years, primarily in specialist Arts and Humanities resources: prior to Gale, he helped set up and manage the Bloomsbury Digital Resources division, and before that managed Arts and Literature databases and historical archives at ProQuest.


Q&A - Rob Johnson, Jess Jones, Monica Moniz and Matt Kibble


Lunch, exhibition viewing and networking activities


Aibrary - including everyone in a ground up approach to AI for Discovery and Scholarly Communications

This talk will outline a 'ground up' approach to becoming a leader in AI adoption. Initial steps have grown into a network/community of practice that is exploring, analysing and using the new generation of AI discovery and research tools. This has resulted in the library service taking a significant role in the 'thinking' around AI in the institution. The lightning talk will provide a snapshot of why and how we started, positive (and negative) outcomes so far and where we hope to take this approach in the (near) future.

Mark Lester
Cardiff Metropolitan University

Mark is an Assistant Head Librarian at Cardiff Met – with the focal points of scholarly communications and research support in his remit. He didn't really know what it all meant when he first started in the role originally (don't tell anyone) but now he (very much) does understand (phew!). He is passionate about all aspects of open research, thinks a lot about (and does the work) to support research lifecycles and loves a bit of data wrangling - alongside a healthy interest in shiny new library things. Mark has been working for (nearly!) 20 years in academic libraries.


Digital Accessibility at the Open University

The Open University (OU) supports a large cohort of students with registered disabilities; 23.5% of Open University undergraduate (UG) students disclosed disabilities in 2020/21. As the OU is in the public sector, it is obligated to comply with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018. These regulations ensure that digital content is accessible to all individuals.

Tobe Amadi
The Open University

Tobe Amadi joined the Open University (OU) in 2014. As a Digital Services Development Officer, his responsibilities include ensuring digital systems and procedures are compliant with user experience (UX) best practices and current legislation, including GDPR and the Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations 2018. Tobe currently leads the accessibility workstream at the OU, where their vision is to embed accessibility in three ways: compliance, education, and culture.

His accreditations include an accessible certificate from WebAim, an Agile Project Management Practitioner from APMG International, a fellowship with Advance HE, a B.A. in Digital Media Design, and is currently completing a MSc in Technology Management.


Q&A - Mark Lester and Tobe Amadi


Break, exhibition viewing and networking


Rip it up and start again: embedding open research principles into a researcher skills development programme

This session will focus on how the University of Sussex Library is embedding open research principles into our cross disciplinary researcher development programme. Our starting point was a well-established suite of workshops that have been amended and adapted over the years to reflect changes in the scholarly communications landscape. An increase in capacity provided the perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at our offering; open research practice needs to be embedded in everything we do and reframing our workshops around the stages of the research lifecycle (discovery, evaluation, dissemination etc), rather than procedural has enabled us to make Openness the foundation on which our training is built.

Maggie Symes
University of Sussex

Maggie is the Research & Open Scholarship Librarian at the University of Sussex and her focus is supporting the design and delivery of Library services to support research and open scholarship; aiming to embed the principles of Open Research and Scholarship in practice, and culture across the University. She is responsible for the development and delivery of a programme of research skills training for doctoral researchers and research staff and managing the Sussex Research Hive and Hive Scholars.


Libraries gave us power - Silicon Valley took it away. It's time to reclaim!

Contemporary internet culture feeds our worst instincts- how can libraries be part of a better digital future that empowers users and contributes to a greater good?

Eilish Purton
University of West London

Eilish has worked in academic libraries in Belfast, Bradford and Bangkok and is passionate about the open library movement.


Q&A - Maggie Symes and Eilish Purton


Summary and Close


Saturday, June 25, 2022 - 14:00 BST - Thursday, November 30, 2023 - 11:00 GMT

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NB:  UKSG reserves the right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control without being obliged to refund monies.


General queries - 



For member registrations we are anticipating significant interest in the event, we kindly request that if your plans change, and you find you are unable to attend, we would greatly appreciate it if you could promptly notify us at at your earliest convenience.

For non member registrations the closing date for cancellations is Friday 24th November, after which date cancellations will not be eligible for a refund.  Cancellation should be sent into writing to 

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NB: UKSG reserves the right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control without being obliged to refund monies.

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