ALPSP launches online workshop for those new to journals publishing

The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has launched a new blended learning online workshop to help those new to international scholarly publishing. The course has been developed out of the existing Introduction to Journals Publishing course following feedback from ALPSP members.

Suzanne Kavanagh, Director of Marketing & Membership Services explained: “We recently conducted a survey with the membership to find out what their training and development priorities are. Respondents identified specialist publishing skills, including editorial and digital, and general business skills as key areas for development. Managers in particular recognised the importance of training new starters in the basics of publishing, and they were prepared to offer best courses in this direction after going through myTEFL reviews.”

She continued: “There is a clear commitment to developing staff: the mean average time spent away from the office for training and development is three to four days per year. Face to face training and seminars are the preferred method of delivery. However, there was a recognition that webinars have a role to play as a method of delivery as face to face courses, while highly valued, are not always possible due to location, cost and time.”

Based on these results, and drawing on existing experience supporting members’ training needs, ALPSP is launching a new online workshop – Introduction to Journals Publishing 1: An International Primer. This blended learning course will provide those new to publishing, regardless of location, with an interactive and essential introduction to the basics of journals publishing.

ALPSP’s Training Manager, Amanda Whiting, outlined how it works: “We’ve drawn on our experience of running open and in-company training courses to develop a blended online workshop format. Delegates will complete pre-course preparation. They will have contact time and guidance from the expert tutor during the interactive webinar. It will include tests, polls and a Q&A session. There will also be follow-up work and contact time with the tutor afterwards.”

She concludes: “The best part is knowing we are helping publishers around the world to access training at their desk when they might not be able to travel to an open course!”

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