18 – 20 April 2023

Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum

Now Available On-Demand


08:30 - 09:00



09:00 - 09:10

Opening speech

Andy Ventris, Event Director, The London Book Fair and Malavika Legge, Director of Publishing, Biochemical Society and Chair, Society Publishers’ Coalition

09:10 - 10:00

“Tech-decks” – new concepts and technologies supporting evolution and revolution in journal publishing

Learning outcomes:

  • Fundamental shifts and new approaches to disseminating primary research
  • Orchestrating data flow to enable open-access offerings in open-access journal publishing
  • Attendees will learn about how Artificial Intelligence and related development can improve and add value to the peer review and publishing processes


Alex Freeman, Director, Octopus

Yvonne Camfens, Executive Director, OA Switchboard

Hong Zhou, Director of AI Research and Development, Atypon

10:10 - 11:00

“Open books under the microscope” – examining the transition to open scholarship in the world of books & monographs

Learning outcomes:

  • How do we ‘open’ books successfully? What models are working and what lessons have we learned.
  •  Hear about what a transition to ‘open’ looks like from a variety of publishers producing books and monographs including ‘flip’ case-studies.
  • Find out more about how infrastructure is enabling shifts towards open.


Dr Frances Pinter, Executive Chair, Central European University Press

Joe Deville, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University

Dr Janneke Adema, Associate Professor, Coventry University

Nicola Parkin, Director of Books Editorial Services, Taylor & Francis

Becky Hill, Strategic Partnerships Manager at F1000.

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:15

“Perspectives from partners in the ecosystem” 

Learning outcomes:

  • Discover more about the Plan S price and service transparency work and the ‘Journal Comparison Service’
  • Receive a Jisc perspective on the UKRI open access policy
  • See latest data on if and how UKRI-funded authors are finding compliant routes to publication



Robert Kiley, Head of Strategy, cOAlition S

Romy Beard, Publishing Consultant, Romy Beard Consultancy 

12:15 - 13:15

“Highs and Lows” – what’s working well and what’s problematic in scholarly publishing; who’s gaining and who is getting left behind? 

Learning outcomes:

  • Hear about today’s key challenges 
  • Consider the opportunities for publishers to respond to evolving needs of scholars 



Prof. Mark Lemmon, Professor of Pharmacology & Co-Director, Yale Cancer Biology Institute

Dr Eugenie Regan, Vice President Research Solutions at Springer Nature  

Dr Varun Varma, Ecologist

Rod Cookson, Managing Director, IWA Publishing

13:15 - 14:00


Speaker Information

Andy Ventris

Event Director,

The London Book Fair

Alex Freeman



Hong Zhou

Director of AI Research and Development,


Joe Deville

Senior Lecturer,

Lancaster University

Romy Beard

Publishing Consultant

Romy Beard Consultancy

Yvonne Camfens

Executive Director,

OA Switchboard

Dr. Frances Pinter

Executive Chair,

Central European University Press

Dr. Janneke Adema

Associate Professor,

Coventry University

Professor Mark Lemmon

Professor and Director,

Yale University

Robert Kiley

Head of Strategy,

cOAlition S

Rod Cookson

Managing Director,

IWA Publishing

Dr. Eugenie Regan

Vice President of Research Solutions

Springer Nature

Speaker Bio

Alex Freeman had a career as a television producer and director, working on series such as Life in the Undergrowth, Walking with Beasts and Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, and winning awards from a BAFTA to a AAAS Kavli Gold Award for Science Journalism. After this, she moved to the University of Cambridge to be Executive Director of the Winton Centre for Risk & Evidence Communication, and it was there that she became interested in the problems caused by the current academic publishing system, and developed the idea of Octopus. Now, with finances from UKRI and in partnership with Jisc and the UK Reproducibility Network, Octopus is about to launch, as a radical new way to share scientific ideas and work, designed to encourage best research practice.

Hong established and leads Atypon’s Intelligent Services Group, which develops cloud-based publishing services based on advanced AI, big data, and related technologies. He also heads Atypon’s AI R&D Team, which designs artificial intelligence-based solutions and next-generation information discovery systems for scholarly research. His personal research passion is supporting publishers’ and researchers’ success in their transition to Open Access and Open Science. Before joining Atypon in January 2017, Hong applied machine learning algorithms for the insurance industry as the CTO of Digital Fineprint, served as a senior software engineer and development manager at Schlumberger, and developed racing games for the British video game developer Eutechnyx. Hong holds a PhD in 3D modeling with artificial intelligence algorithms from Aberystwyth University in Wales, an MBA in Digital Transformation & Strategy from University of Oxford, a master’s degree in computer science from The University of Sheffield, and a certification in AI from Stanford University. As well as serving as a distinguished expert in the National Key Laboratory of Knowledge Mining and Service for Medical Journals in China, Hong is widely published on computer science and AI topics and presents regularly at prominent industry events, most recently speaking on a panel for BioASQ with representatives from Google and NIH.

Joe Deville is a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University, based jointly in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology. He is a co-founder and co-editor of Mattering Press, an Open Access book publisher and UK-registered charity, as well as a founding member of the ScholarLed collective of Open Access book publishers.

Long standing concerns include the value of bringing an ethics of care to publishing practices and the politics of scholarly communication infrastructures. He is currently jointly leading a work package in the Community-Led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) project (copim.ac.uk) focused on developing new consortial library funding models for open access book publishing.

Romy Beard has been working in scholarly communications for 17 years – in sales, content acquisition, licensing and negotiations, and communications – and has worked with publishers, aggregators, libraries and consortia, and technology companies.

She is currently working on a long-term project with open access management platform ChronosHub, and a short-term project with Jisc to coordinate outreach to publishers about the new UKRI open access policy. 

Dr. Frances Pinter is the Executive Chair of the Central European University Press and formerly CEO of Manchester University Press. She advises several small university presses around the world. She was the Founding Publisher of Bloomsbury Academic. She is also the founder of Knowledge Unlatched, taking a particular interest in developing sustainable business models for Open Access monographs. Previously she was Publishing Director at the Open Society Foundation where she established EIFL, a leading library consortium and the Centre for Publishing Development working in all post-communist countries. Earlier she founded Pinter Publishers that also owned Leicester University Press and launched the environmental studies imprint Belhaven Press.  

Yvonne Campfens is a consultant with over 25 years in publishing and related service sectors, with a Masters in applied econometrics from University of Amsterdam (1993). Early in her career she held a publishing position at Elsevier Science and thereafter various positions at Swets Subscription Service, including in publisher relations and as business partner to ALPSP in managing the ALJC (ALPSP Learned Journals Collection). From 2007 – 2012 she led the on-boarding of learned society publishing partners at Springer Nature, and was a co-founder of the TRANSFER Code of Practice.

After running the Dutch language educational/professional business at Springer Media for three years as Managing Director, she returned to the international research group of the newly merged company (Springer Nature) in 2015, where she worked across all Springer Nature Research divisions. In 2018 she started her own consultancy business and following the role of project manager for the OA Switchboard in 2019/2020, she is now Executive Director for Stichting OA Switchboard, the independent foundation running OA Switchboard as operational solution since 1 January 2020.

Dr Janneke Adema (she/her) is a cultural and media theorist working in the fields of (book) publishing and digital culture. She is Associate Professor in Digital Media at The Centre for Postdigital Cultures (Coventry University). In her research she explores the future of scholarly communications and experimental forms of knowledge production, where her work incorporates processual and performative publishing, radical open access, post-publishing, scholarly poethics, media studies, book history, cultural studies, and critical theory. She explores these issues in depth in her various publications, but also by supporting a variety of scholar-led, not-for-profit publishing projects, including the Radical Open Access Collective, Open Humanities Press, ScholarLed, Post Office Press (POP), Cita Press. She is Co-PI the Research England and Arcadia funded Community-Led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) project, and has recently published her monograph Living Books. Experiments in the Posthumanities (MIT Press, 2021). You can follow her research on openreflections.wordpress.com


Mark Lemmon is the Alfred Gilman Professor of Pharmacology at Yale University, Deputy Director of the Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Co-Director of the Yale Cancer Biology Institute.  His research focuses on growth factor receptor signaling and mechanism-guided targeted therapy in cancer.  Educated in Oxford, U.K. (BA), Yale (MPhil and PhD) and NYU (postdoc), he started his independent academic career at the University of Pennsylvania, where he rose to the position of George W. Raiziss Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Biophysics.  In 2016, Dr. Lemmon returned to Yale to build the new Yale Cancer Biology Institute.  He serves on advisory boards of several cancer research programs and companies, and on Editorial Boards of Cell, Molecular Cell, Science Signaling, and other journals.  He is also Chair of the Biochemical Journal Editorial Board.  Dr. Lemmon was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016.

I am Head of Strategy at cOAlition S, working to accelerate the transition to full and immediate Open Access.
Prior to this I was Head of Open Research at the Wellcome Trust where I was responsible for developing and implementing their open research strategy.

Over the past decade I have played a leading role in the implementation of Wellcome's open access policy and overseeing the development of the Europe PubMed Central repository. I also led the development - in partnership with Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society - of eLife, the open-access research journal, launched in 2012.

More recently I championed the work to create a new open publishing platform for Wellcome researchers – Wellcome Open Research.

I am a qualified librarian and an Associate Member of CILIP. I am a Board member of Open Research Central, and served for 6 years on the ORCID Board of Directors.

Rod runs IWA Publishing, one of the first learned society publishers to completely transition its journals to Open Access. He is a Director of ALPSP, a Board member of OASPA, a Council Member of the Society Publishers’ Coalition and on the Publishing Board of The Royal Society. Rod previously ran Medical, Life Science and Environmental journals at Taylor & Francis for ten years. He has also worked at Blackwell Publishing, Reed Education and York Press.

I am an ecologist with an interest in both fundamental and applied ecology. My research focuses on global change, biodiversity, landscape ecology, vegetation dynamics, ecosystem services, ecosystem function and food security. At present, I am an ecosystems services modeller at Rothamsted Research.

I am a part of the AgLand project which looks to provide new data perspectives and models to design UK agricultural landscapes that deliver both sustainable food production and environmental benefits. Prior to this, I was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Exeter working on the BananEx project, where I assessed the risks to global banana production from climate change and disease using statistical modelling and remote sensing. I completed a PhD and a post-doc in savanna vegetation and fire ecology from the National Center of Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru (Bangalore).

Dr Eugenie Regan is Vice President of Research Solutions at Springer Nature where she leads a team developing innovative solutions for the global research community. She has over 20 years’ experience as a research scientist, consultant, and entrepreneur. She has developed and managed projects with governments, UN Environment, and World Bank, amongst others, in Europe, Africa, and Asia. She has also authored over 50 scientific papers (including in Nature Ecology & Evolution and Science) and two books. She is passionate about the environment, science, and women's leadership.

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