Mentorship Scheme

Mentorship image white bgWelcome to the ALPSP International Mentorship Scheme

We are now taking applications for our next Mentorship scheme. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 23 December. 

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As a founding member of C4DISC ALPSP is committed to its principles and therefore especially welcomes applications from a diverse range of publishers. C4DISC Mission and vision statements: The Mission of C4DISC is to work with organizations and individuals to build equity, inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in scholarly communications. The Vision of C4DISC is a socially just community that welcomes, values, and celebrates all who seek to contribute to scholarly communications.  


  • Mentees must work for an organization that is a member of ALPSP
  • Mentors can work for member or non member companies
  • As mentorship is skills based we do not require mentors to have worked for a particular number of years in scholarly publishing
  • Mentees can be at any stage in their career

While we will try our very best to offer all mentees a place on our scheme, this does rely on having enough mentors. We will let you know by 6 January 2023 if we are able to accept your application. 

This scheme aims to connect colleagues across our network and create a collaborative conversation between participants which benefits all who are involved. 

We have recently invested in mentorship software - Mentorloop -  which will enable the scheme to run more efficiently and offer a better experience all round. Both mentors and mentees will have access to extensive resources, there are goal setting facilities and on demand training webinars.

Early in January, we will turn on the self-match function within Mentorloop to allow mentees to approach preferred mentors.  Anyone not matched by 20 January, we will match you using an algorithm, based on your answers on your application form. 

Mentor feedback: "I have really enjoyed being part of ALPSP’s mentorship scheme as a mentor – one of the most rewarding things I have done this year. I have learned so much myself, hearing about how an organisation very different to my own functions, yet seeing the similarities in the situations we all face. I have been a manager for a long time, but this is a really different experience and one that has challenged me in a new way. I always look forward to the sessions with my mentee and would really recommend others to join the scheme." Sophia Anderton, BJU International

"I have really enjoyed and benefitted from being a mentor on the ALPSP scheme. Working with my mentee has been a really engaging, fruitful two way process and I think we have taught each other a lot: not only has being a mentor given me a fresh perspective on using my knowledge and experience, but I have also learned new approaches and embraced the opportunity to challenge myself and to grow my own skillset, and working with someone so focused and vibrant has renewed my own energy". Hannah Baldwin, RSC

Mentee feedback: "I am writing to thank you and all at the ALPSP mentorship team for running this programme. I have been part of the 2021 programme as a mentee and it has been quite a rewarding experience to connect with my mentor. I had joined the programme whilst working at BMJ and have changed roles since and it has been most wonderful to share parts of this journey with my mentor and learn. Over the course of the last 6 months, he has offered advice, knowledge & expertise, engagement, support, useful tips – the list will really be endless and I am grateful to both him and ALPSP for this". BMJ mentee

"When I look back at my career in marketing, I know that being part of the mentoring scheme will be a landmark moment. My mentor encouraged me to apply for my current Marketing Executive role at IOP Publishing and gave me the confidence and the support I was looking for to help advance my career".

"Learning from such an experienced and knowledgeable marketer was a really rewarding experience. My mentor constantly asked ‘why’ I was going about strategies and made me think about marketing from a completely new perspective. My marketing plans improved dramatically and I bettered my prioritization of workload".

"I jumped at the chance to apply for the mentorship programme and have been extremely grateful for the opportunity to participate! My main goal has been to improve my people-management skills, as I’m fairly new to this and have a large, global team depending on me. My mentor and I meet monthly for an hour and a half, and I’ve been able to share my fears, hopes and thoughts on a variety of my experiences, from managing underperformers to stretching top performers, helping my team build leadership skills to figuring out where I need to build out my own subject/industry knowledge and skills. I hope that I’ll be able to work informally with my mentor after the programme cycle ends!"

Main aims of our mentorship scheme

Our mentoring scheme connects and supports publishing industry colleagues with a wider network of expertise and skills to help foster development and progression. By facilitating these conversations, we're taking an active role to help individuals learn and share experiences with each other. The scheme encourages collaborative learning between the mentor and mentee, whereby both will benefit from the dialogue, and share knowledge, insights and experiences.

With thanks to PLS for platinum sponsorship of the ALPSP Mentorship Scheme.

Any questions or queries, please email Amanda at:

As a new entrant in the academic publishing market, membership has provided a raft of useful resources to draw upon, including connections with other organizations via the conference and website, useful advice from the ever-helpful staff, and regular, up to date access to industry news and research. 

Melissa Good, ARM Education Media

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