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A collaborative 1-day forum for publishers, librarians and academics




Monday 3 December, London Art House

Building on the success of the inaugural event in 2017, this one day conference provides a unique environment for the three stakeholder groups within scholarly communication – publishers, librarians and academics – to discuss the issues they face in the creation, dissemination and use of scholarly research

The forum is organised by Research Information magazine, in partnership with Info International.

Who should attend?


CEOs, business development managers, strategic directors, product managers, sales and marketing managers

Service providers

Subscription agents, providers of publishing platforms, library platforms, discovery platforms, content aggregators.


Those governing access to research in higher educational establishments and institutes.


Researchers and authors interested in representing the needs of academics – both as authors and users of research – to the publishers and librarians, and those interested in leading change.

This one-day conference will use the results of an industry survey (Challenges in Scholarly Publishing 2018) as the starting point for a day of interactive workshops – with each delegate attending focused sessions on publisher, librarian and academic perspectives.


Delegates will have a unique opportunity to learn from other stakeholder groups, and take away practical strategic and operational action points back to their own institution.

All delegates will receive a copy of the full survey results on the day, as well as the opportunity to view the results online a few days before the event to help prepare.

The day will provide invaluable insight for those in the scholarly publishing community seeking to strengthen collaborative links with other stakeholder representatives, and a unique opportunity to spend face-to-face time with those from ‘the other side of the fence’ – whether you’re an academic, a librarian, a publisher, or a service provider.

Our Facilitators

Helen Blanchett

Scholarly Communications Subject Specialist, JISC

Tasha Mellins-Cohen

Director of Publishing, Microbiology Society

Alastair Horne

Doctoral researcher, Bath Spa University and the British Library

Conference Themes & Programme

The day is about collaborative discussion among the three stakeholder groups in the scholarly publishing cycle – publishers, librarians and researchers – with a view to identifying, debating and delivering positive change within the scholarly publishing cycle.


To focus these discussions, we will be addressing three core themes:

  • How librarians are mediating between publishers and researchers to ensure compliance with the requirements of funding bodies.
Implementing the open access agenda
  • How the process of getting research published in the era of open access is affecting authors and their workload.
Investment for open access
  • How publishers and vendors are responding to open access through changes in technology and service infrastructure.



Below you will find information on the speakers confirmed so far for CISPC 2018. Please be aware that this page is frequently updated, so please check back regularly!

Warren Clark

Publisher, Research Information

Prof. Jeremy Frey

Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Southampton

Tim Gillett

Conference Chair, and Editor of Research Information

David Stuart

Research Consultant, Stuart Information Research

Helen Dobson

Scholarly Communications Manager,
University of Manchester

Bill Kasdorf

Principle, Kasdorf and Associates

Delegate Rates & Sponsorship


Individual Delegate Rates

Publishers and Service Providers – £250

Librarians and Academics – £100

What’s Included in the Delegate Rate:

• Participation in all sessions

• Advance copy of Challenges in Scholarly Publishing Cycle Survey Report

• Refreshments on arrival and in two networking breaks

• 3-course hot buffet lunch

• Wi-Fi

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