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A joint UKSG/ALPSP One Day Conference: The pace of change in our sector has accelerated - and that change has also become more wide-reaching. We are moving beyond the “fall out” from the digital revolution – and its implications for user behaviours, customer expectations, product formats and business models – into a much bigger shift, where established roles and accepted models are being questioned. Boundaries are blurring, with funders and universities taking greater ownership of how research is communicated, and publishers and libraries exploring new areas in which they can provide services and support. Where does all of this change leave researchers - are they already realising new benefits, or are they suffering from having one foot in the old world and one in the new? What will happen next, and how should scholarly publishers and librarians prepare?


Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 10:00 GMT
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 17:15 GMT


Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge
45 Prescot Street
London, E1 8GP
United Kingdom

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Shifting power centres in scholarly communications: Implications and future roles for libraries and publishers.

This year’s One-Day Conference is a partnership between UKSG and ALPSP, two organizations well placed to understand and address the scholarly communications’ community’s needs and concerns in this rapidly evolving ecosystem. The event promises strategic insight, practical takeaways and robust discussion among research funders, academics, librarians and publishers.


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Programme and Speakers


Registration and coffee


Welcome from the chair

Andrew Barker
Lancaster University

Andrew Barker has been Director of Library Services & Learning Development at Lancaster University since September 2019. Prior to that he held a number of senior roles within diverse university libraries, including the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. Andrew was Chair of UKSG between 2018 and 2022, and has been Vice-Chair of SCONUL since December 2021.


Emerging opportunities for libraries - implications and future directions for scholarly communications

Beth Montague-Hellen
University of Nottingham

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.

Regina Everitt
University of East London

Regina Everitt began her professional career as a technical author/trainer working with computer companies that developed bespoke software for the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and financial sectors in the US and UK.  She later transitioned into the HE sector developing and managing libraries, social learning spaces, and other learning resources. She is currently Director of Library, Archives and Learning Services at the University of East London.

Concerned about the low representation of BAME staff members in leadership positions in academic libraries, she co-project managed SCONUL research to document BAME staff experiences in LIS with a view to working with the sector to change the trend.  She is also a member of the CILIP Steering Group for the newly-formed Network for BAME Library and Information Professionals as well as a member of the Steering Group for the M25 Consortium of Libraries.

Carly Lightfoot
University of East London


UNIVERSITY JOURNALS: An efficient and convenient open access publishing platform owned by universities

Max Haring
University of Amsterdam Libraries

Max Haring works at the library of the University of Amsterdam as project manager for the University Journals platform initiative. Max has more than 12 years’ experience in academic publishing: he worked at Springer(-Nature) in several publishing positions and was responsible for setup and operations of an Open Access mega journal and linked manuscript cascade strategy. At Amsterdam University Press he developed Open Access policies and acquisition strategies for books and journals. He also provides consultancy for learned societies on how to developing their publishing portfolios and he educates junior publishers. Max has a PhD in biochemistry.




Society Publishers Accelerating Open Access and Plan S (SPA-OPS) project

Alicia Wise
Information Power

Alicia Wise is Executive Director of CLOCKSS, a community of research libraries and academic publishers working together to ensure the long-term preservation of the scholarly record. She has been active in increasing access to research information for 20 years in roles within our publishing community (e.g. with Elsevier, the Publishers Association, the Publishers Licensing Service) and also within the library community (e.g. Jisc, a range of universities). Her Ph.D. is in Anthropology and focussed on the Roman invasion of Scotland and resistance to this.


Transformative journals - a publisher perspective

Susie Winter
Springer Nature

Susie Winter is Director of Communications and Engagement, Research at Springer Nature where she heads up external communications for Springer Nature in its position as a leading research publisher.

Susie joined Springer Nature from the Publishers Association, the trade association for the publishing industry in the UK where, as Director of Policy and Communications, she was responsible for developing and leading the PA’s work across the policy agenda as well as promoting the contribution made by the UK publishing industry at both a UK and European level.

Prior to that she was the first Director General for the Alliance for Intellectual Property, working to ensure that the importance of IP rights to the UK economy is recognised. Having begun her career as a Press and Broadcasting Officer for the Liberal Democrat Party she then spent several years at communications consultancy Luther Pendragon.


How publishers are adapting to the shifting scholarly impact landscape

Ian Mulvany
Sage Publishing

Ian Mulvany is head of transformation at SAGE Publishing. He helped setup SAGE’s methods innovation incubator SAGE Ocean following a lean product development approach. Previously he ran technology operations for eLife, was head of product for Mendeley and ran a number of early web2.0 products for Nature Publishing Group.

He is passionate about creating digital tools that support the research enterprise. He is interested in the interplay between different stakeholders that can lead to the sustainably of these kinds of tools.


Lunch and networking

With thanks to our lunch sponsor:  Content Online

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The Funder perspective on owning OA platforms

Jocelyn LeBlanc
Association of Medical Research Charities

Jocelyn LeBlanc is the Research, Data and Impact Manager at the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), a membership organisation representing over 145 charities in the UK. She is responsible for demonstrating the impact of charity-funded medical research and connecting and supporting members on issues related to research and impact. She coordinates AMRC Open Research, an F1000 platform for author-led publication and open peer review of research funded by AMRC member charities. AMRC Open Research was launched in early 2019 by 24 AMRC members.


Before joining AMRC, Jocelyn earned her PhD in neuroscience from Harvard Medical School and spent several years as a research fellow at Boston Children's Hospital studying brain development. Her work with children and families affected by neurodevelopmental disorders inspired her to pursue a career in the medical research charity sector. She is passionate about accelerating research progress and bringing impact to people sooner.


The European perspective

Cathal McCauley
Maynooth University

Cathal is University Librarian at Maynooth University (MU), Ireland. He previously worked in University College Dublin (UCD) Library. Prior to joining UCD, he worked for FGS (now Grant Thornton) as Director of Consulting. He is Vice President and Council Member of the Library Association of Ireland, a former Chair, of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) Librarians’ Group and current Treasurer of the Consortium of National and University Libraries in Ireland. He is the Director of the Irish University Libraries Collaboration Centre at MU which houses the IReL initiative. He represents the IUA on the European Universities Association ‘Big Deals’.




Voices from the global south

Sian Harris

Siân has worked for INASP since 2014 and is responsible for communications within INASP and in programme work with the people and organizations that INASP works with in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In addition, she has been involved in the development and launch of Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS), represents INASP in the Think. Check. Submit. committee and serves as a mentor in the AuthorAID project. She is a chef on Scholarly Kitchen and, prior to joining INASP, was editor of Research Information magazine for more than a decade. She has also worked as a science and technology journalist and has a PhD in inorganic chemistry.


Panel: The implications of change for researchers

Anja Felmy
University of Oxford - Department of Zoology

Dr Anja Felmy is an evolutionary biologist. She obtained her Ph.D. from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, studying mating-system evolution in a hermaphroditic freshwater snail. Her doctoral thesis was honoured with the Silver Medal of ETH Zurich for being outstanding. After a maternity leave, Anja was awarded a Tailwind Grant to work as a postdoctoral researcher at EAWAG, Department of Aquatic Ecology, Switzerland. Since early 2019 she is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, funded by an Early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her current research focuses on developing a more accurate method to predict short-term evolutionary change in natural populations, using Trinidadian guppies (small tropical freshwater fish) as a study system.

Alan Warde
University of Manchester

Alan Warde is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. His expertise is in cultural sociology, the sociology of consumption and the sociology of food and eating. He has published widely, acted as principal investigator of many research projects, and has had positions of director of research at institute and faculty levels. He has previously served on the Executive Committee and as a trustee of the British Sociological Association with responsibility for publications. He currently has such a role with the European Sociological Association. He has just stepped down from the being Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Sociology. He has had a long career in research and writing and is in a good position to reflect on new pressures on social science researchers and changes in ways of reporting and publicising scholarly research.

Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins
Post-doctoral Research Associate Aberystwyth University

Dr Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins is a social anthropologist specialising in rural and regional development in the UK and Central Europe. She joined the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, after previous appointments at the University of Melbourne. Her current research is part of IMAJINE and ROBUST – two major consortium projects funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and working across sixteen and eleven countries respectively. Bryonny is an affiliate of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD), and was recently recognised as one of the Welsh Crucible’s thirty emerging research leaders in Wales.

Sergio Menchero-Fernandez
The Francis Crick Institute

I am a postdoctoral researcher in James Turner’ laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute (London, UK). My scientific interests include developmental biology and cell fate choices, specially from a transcriptional regulation perspective. My research training started at the Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris, France) thanks to the Erasmus program, where I could join Muriel Umbhauer’ group for a few months. I obtained my Degree in Biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) in 2012. As an undergrad student I joined Miguel Manzanares’ laboratory at CNIC (Madrid, Spain) to study the regulation of the trophectoderm lineage in the mouse preimplantation embryo. I stayed in the same lab to perform a PhD thanks to a “FPI-Severo Ochoa” fellowship, and I focused on the transition of the totipotent embryo towards the activation of the first lineages. During my PhD, I had the opportunity to carry out a short stay in Kat Hadjantonakis’ lab at the Sloan Kettering Institute (New York, USA) learning live imaging. Currently, I am studying epigenetic mechanisms regulating X-chromosome inactivation during mammalian evolution.


Wrap Up

Wayne Sime

Wayne Sime is the Chief Executive of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), the international trade body for non-profit organisations and institutions that publish scholarly and professional content.

Previously, he was the Director of Library Services for the Royal Society of Medicine. Wayne is an accomplished Executive who has extensive experience in financial, IT and people management. Wayne has worked within the NHS and the financial sector.

Wayne has been a chartered Librarian since 2001 and became a Fellow of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals) in 2009.


Networking drinks reception


Close of Conference


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