UK: The Research and Scholarly Forum: London Book Fair, March 14

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The ‘Research and Scholarly Forum’ at London Book Fair will look at AI, open access, and academic publishing policy.

At the 2023 London Book Fair. Image: Publishing Perspectives, Porter Anderson

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Academic Publishers, University Presses, and Organizations
As more information comes out on programming at London Book Fair (March 12 to 14), we have news today (January 22) of the Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum. The program is a conference-within-the-trade-show to be held on LBF Thursday, March 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Olympia Theater, the last 45 minutes being given over to a networking lunch.

Focused on open access, academic publishing policy, and artificial intelligence, the program’s agenda features the following topics and speakers, as announced to date.

Gareth Rapley

9:30 a.m. — Welcome

  • Gareth Rapley, director, London Book Fair
  • Rob Johnson, managing director, Research Consulting and conference chair

Joyce Lorigan

9:40 a.m. — Keynote: Successful Transformation Comes From Within

  • Joyce Lorigan, group head of corporate affairs and sustainability lead, Springer Nature Group
  • Antonia Seymour, CEO, IOP Publishing; president, Publishers Association
  • Daniel Ebneter, CEO, Karger Publishers
  • Charlotte Talmadge, founding CEO, Uuna Change Management

10:10 a.m. — Strategies and Trends in Academic Publishing

Description: In this session, academic publishing and university press players are to look at “the evolving landscape of academic publishing, shedding light on emerging trends and offering insights into their adaptive strategies. As open access and other developments gain momentum, university presses are increasingly expanding  their work beyond traditional academic publishing by exploring trade crossover titles, while trade and academic publishers are showing interest in learning about the operations and dynamics of the university press world.”

10:55 a.m. — Coffee break

11:15 a.m. — The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers in partnership with Publishers’ Licensing Services

12 p.m. — The Transformative Influence of Artificial Intelligence on Academic Publishing

Description: “We’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities that arise with the implementation of AI in scholarly publishing. This includes examining the potential benefits of AI in enhancing efficiency, accuracy, and accessibility in the publishing workflow. This debate will also address insights on how to strike a balance between fostering innovation and ensuring accountability in the field of AI, the importance of regulatory frameworks, ethical considerations, and the role of government in promoting responsible AI development.”

Richard Mollet

  • Richard Mollet, European government affairs head, RELX
  • Catriona MacLeod Stevenson, general counsel and deputy CEO, Publishers Association
  • A representative of Taylor & Francis

12:45 p.m. — Coffee break

1 p.m. — Evolving the Role of Open Access

Description: “As data-driven approaches continue to revolutionize industries and research fields, it’s essential to grasp the evolving role of open access. This session will include discussions with leaders and industry experts who are at the forefront of reshaping the research paradigm. Panelists will explore the progress of open access and its impact on their organizations, and will discuss future steps and the influence of open access on the research ecosystem.”

Victoria Eva

  • Victoria Eva, senior vice-president and industry relations, Elsevier
  • Nick Lindsey, director of journals and open access, MIT Press
  • Nicola Ramsey, CEO, Edinburgh University Press

1:40 p.m. — Conference chair’s closing comments

  • Rob Johnson, managing director, Research Consulting and conference chair

1:45 p.m. — Networking lunch

Information on this event and bookings for it is here.


 More from Publishing Perspectives on London Book Fair is here, more from us on trade shows and book fairs in world publishing is here, more on academic and scholarly publishing is here, more on open access is here, and more on the United Kingdom’s book market is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.