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There are two groups of members within the Association. All are fully entitled to take part in the activities of the Association, although only the representatives of Full Members are entitled to be elected to Council and to vote.


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ALPSP’s Council comprises the Directors, Ex-officio drawn from Chairs of Committees and Co-opted members. They have a range of skills and experience and provide strategic direction for the Secretariat while keeping member matters at the heart of what we...


When a Society Journal Changes Publisher

When a society journal moves from one publisher to another, a number of points need to be taken into account to ensure a smooth handover. Planning should commence as far ahead of the actual transfer as possible, to minimise disruption to subscribers. From the perspective of ALPSP members, the key...

ALPSP Networking: Communicating the Value of your Society Publishing Program

Event (multiple dates) - American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave NW # 400, Washington, DC 20009 A discussion and networking event for society publishers. In the increasingly complex debate around mandates and business models, how do societies ensure that the value and quality of society...


SPA-OPS Project update

Alicia Wise and Lorraine Estelle of Information Power provide an update from the first phase of this project in a piece for the LSE Impact Blog 'Learned Societies, the key to realising an open access future?'

ALPSP Networking: Society Publishers Accelerating Open Access & Plan S

Event (multiple dates) - Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SN, United Kingdom (map) A discussion and networking evening for ALPSP members. You may view the presentations from this seminar, where available. Please note the terms and conditions of use as stated in...


Towards transition strategies and business models for Society Publishers who wish to accelerate Open Access and Plan S

An initial discussion document from the Society Publishers Accelerating Open access and Plan S (SPA-OPS) project

Developing Ethical Commercial Revenues in a Changing Publishing Landscape

Event (multiple dates) - Date and time Tuesday 13 December 2016, online at 10:00 - 11:30 EST (New York) / 15:00 - 16:30 BST (London) / 16:00-17:30 CEST (Europe)* *Please note: if you are unable to join the webinar on this date and time, you may register and receive a recording for...


British Pharmacological Society honours contributions across pharmacology and related fields

The British Pharmacological Society has awarded Elizabeth Whelan, formerly at Wiley, an honorary fellowship for her service to their publishing. You can read the full release and list of other professionals honoured on the BPS website:


Learned Societies and Open Access - 27 September, London

Apply for a place at this meeting to review the findings of Universities UK OA Coordination Group

Learned Societies and Open Access

Event (multiple dates) - Location: Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger St, London WC1N 2JU Date: 27 September 2017 Time: 10:00 – 16:30 It has long been recognised that the move to Open Access could represent a threat to the financial sustainability of UK learned societies, many of whom are...


Glasstree Academic Publishing launches publishing platform for Academics, Libraries and Learned Societies

After more than twelve months of author consultation and intense development Glasstree Academic Publishing has launched its global online self-publishing platform. Glasstree’s core aims are to increase publication speed to market, put content owners back in control of their content, offer...


Delta Think Investigations Launches “The Evolving State of Open Access”

Delta Think, a consulting and advisory firm focused on innovation and growth in scholarly communications, has announced the debut of Delta Think Investigations, a set of execution-focused, data-driven analyses of relevant and timely topics in scholarly communications. Investigations will offer...


Lettie Conrad announced as new North American Editor for Learned Publishing

31 October 2016 The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) and the Society for Scholarly Publishing have announced Lettie Conrad as the new North American Editor of Learned Publishing journal. Audrey McCulloch, Chief Executive of ALPSP said: ‘We are delighted...

Effective Journals Marketing

Event (multiple dates) - This course will be running again in 2017. Please contact Melissa Marshall for dates. For in-house enquiries (members only), please contact Amanda Whiting.  Overview Technology is changing, new business models are developing and new markets emerging –...


ALPSP publishes special issue of Learned Publishing focusing on university presses

12 October 2016 The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has today announced the publication of a special open access issue of their journal Learned Publishing. The University Press Redux comprises articles arising from the conference of the same name held in...


ALPSP to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Conference in 2017 at the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in The Netherlands

14 September 2016 The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has today announced they will host the tenth anniversary of the annual conference at the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk, near Amsterdam in The Netherlands.  The three day event will take place...


ALPSP to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Conference in 2017 at the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in The Netherlands

14 September 2016 The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has today announced they will host the tenth anniversary of the annual conference at the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk, near Amsterdam in The Netherlands.  The three day event will take place...


Wiley acquires publishing technology company Atypon

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. yesterday announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Atypon, a Silicon Valley-based publishing-software company, for $120 million in cash. Atypon ( is a technology partner that enables scholarly societies and publishers to deliver, host...


Wellcome guidelines and requirements

Audrey McCulloch, ALPSP This article features in ALPSP Policy Bulletin, Issue 3: July 2016. Sign up to receive future issues here. As some of you may be aware, there are rumours that the Wellcome Trust is about to release guidelines that it expects publishers to adhere to, in order to receive...


ALPSP launches online workshop for those new to journals publishing

Blended learning online workshop will help train new entrants to scholarly publishing, wherever they are based. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE London, UK – 1 August 2016 The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has launched a new blended learning online workshop to...


Pay it Forward - a sustainable model of open access APCs report now available

We’re pleased to announce the availability of the final report of the Pay It Forward project, a joint research effort of the University of California at Davis and the California Digital Library to investigate a sustainable model of open access article publishing charges for large North...


ALPSP Learning and Development Toolkit survey results

We are often asked about which training course or seminar is best for developing certain skillsets. We also understand that access to ALPSP training and events can be difficult due to the location, travel costs or time out of the office, and this stops members from taking part. Earlier this...



ALPSP attends a number of industry exhibitions. You can find details of forthcoming events here.


Deni Auclair joins Delta Think as CFO and Senior Analyst

Delta Think, a business and technology consulting firm focused on innovation and growth in scholarly publishing and association management, has announced the appointment of Deni Auclair as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Senior Analyst. In her role as CFO, Ms. Auclair will support Delta...


The American College of Cardiology joins ALPSP

We are pleased to welcome the American College of Cardiology as a full member of ALPSP.  The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, clinical standards and practice guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care. It also provides professional medical...


Council Papers

ALPSP Council members can download meeting papers on this page.


Managing the Editorial Office

Whether it’s one assistant working with a journal editor in an academic department or a team of staff looking after a list of journals within the Secretariat of a Professional body, the editorial office is at the very heart of the publication process. Since each journal will have its own...


Journal Title Changes

This article provides a brief guide to the issues a publisher should consider when thinking about changing a journal title. It was first published in April 2002 written by Sally Morris and Pippa Smart.


The Society-Publisher Contract

Many major journals are owned by Learned Societies. They may publish themselves, or they may licence another society or a commercial publisher to publish on their behalf. Therefore, contracts between Societies & Publishers are very important. This articles provides an outline of the Key points...


Licensing in China

The People’s Republic of China is a remote country with a vast population, but one which has progressed by leaps and bounds after a period divorced from contact with the west. How can UK academic publishers and learned societies tap into the market and are there pitfalls for the...


Welcome to your new ALPSP website

We are pleased to announce the redesigned ALPSP website is now live. If you experience problems logging in or booking on an event, email The ALPSP team is on standby to help. Contact details are available on the ALPSP Team page.


IPEM and IOP extend partnership to create book programme

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and IOP Publishing (IOP) joint press release For immediate release – 6 November 2015 The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and IOP Publishing (IOP) have been journal-publishing partners for more than 40...


Aggregators and the Primary Journal 2004

An ALPSP Report on the Impact of Aggregated Databases on Primary Journals in the Academic Library Market and a Review of Publisher Practice


What do societies do with their publishing surpluses? ALPSP and Blackwell Survey 2004

In view of the current debates about publishing and the possible impact of open access, ALPSP and Blackwell Publishing felt that there was a need to focus on the special role of learned society and professional association publishers,whether they do all their own publishing or contract with a...