5 - 7 April, 2022

Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum


The Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum tackles Open Access by looking at the issues shaping the future of academic publishing. Participants gain an overview of the new infrastructure and service developments that underpin research information. Join us in 2021 and take this opportunity to network with the best in the scholarly publishing industry.


09:30 – 09:40



Andy Ventris, Event Director, The London Book Fair

Dr Alicia Wise, Director, Information Power

Steven Inchcoombe, Chief Publishing and Solutions Officer, Springer Nature 

09:40 – 10:45

Keynote: Moving Forward from Open Access: Deriving Best Value from A Variegated Scholarly Publishing System

Dr David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England 

10:45 – 11:10


Dr Sudeshna Sarkar, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur 

11:10 – 11:30

Delivering Open Access at Scale

Hear how Wiley are making the transition to open access a reality for authors, funder and library customers.


Kathryn Sharples, Senior Director, Open Access, Wiley

11:30 – 12:30

OA Agreements for Smaller Independent Publishers

  • Provide information about the recommendations in the Follow on to Society Publishers Accelerating Open access and Plan S Report
  • Surface how different stakeholders think about and are responding (or not) to those recommendations


Rod Cookson, MD, IWA Publishing

Robert Kiley, Head of Open Research, Wellcome Trust

Catherine Sharp, Head of Open Access Services, University College London   

12:30 – 12:35

A Not-For-Profit Publisher Perspective On Read & Publish OA Agreements

Dr Claire Moulton, Publisher, The Company of Biologists 

12:35 – 12:40

An Asia Pacific Perspective On Read & Publish OA Agreements

Diana Chan, Library Director, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology 

12:40 – 12:45

A Society Publisher Perspective On Subscribe to Open OA Models

Laura Simonite, Head of Business Development, EMS Press    

12:45 – 12:50

Connecting Book Publishing with Open Research: Introducing Open Plus Books

Anna Clarkson, Editorial Director, Taylor & Francis Group

12:50 – 12:55

Diamond OA Models

Vanessa Proudman, Director, SPARC Europe

12:55 – 13:00

Innovations in Library Press OA Publishing Models

Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian, Publishing, University of Michigan 

13:00 - 13:05

Closing Remarks

Dr Alicia Wise, Director, Information Power

Steven Inchcoombe, Chief Publishing and SolutionsOfficer, Springer Nature

Speaker information

Director, Information Power

Alicia Wise is the Executive Director of CLOCKSS. She has been active on access to research information for 20 years as an academic author and in roles with funders, libraries, consortia, publishers, and universities. Prior to joining CLOCKSS she held roles with Elsevier, the Publishers Association, Publishers Licensing Society, Jisc, Archaeology Data Service, and in universities. Most recently, Alicia has been working as a consultant in scholarly communications, advising libraries, funders, and publishers on sustainable strategies for navigating the rapidly changing information landscape. She has served on the boards of organisations including Access to Research, the Accessible Books Consortium, CHORUS, CLOCKSS, the Digital Preservation Coalition, and Research4Life.

Associate University Librarian, Publishing, University of Michigan

Charles Watkinson is Director of University of Michigan Press and Associate University Librarian for Publishing at University of Michigan Publishing. As of June 2021 he is President Elect of the Association of University Presses. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and was an initiator of the Library Publishing Coalition. At Michigan, he is responsible for the University Press, a Publishing Services operation, and the Deep Blue repository and research data services unit. These three parts comprise the Publishing division of the U-M Library (also known as Michigan Publishing, (https://www.publishing.umich.edu/). Charles also shares responsibility for the development of Fulcrum, an open source publishing platform for enhanced ebooks (https://fulcrum.org/). Fulcrum now hosts over 10,000 books including an increasing range of multimedia-enhanced products, one of which one the 2021 PROSE Award for Best eProduct from the Association of American Publishers.

Publisher, The Company of Biologists

Claire Moulton is the Publisher at The Company of Biologists, where she is responsible for the company’s journal and digital content strategy.

The Company of Biologists was the first publisher to be afforded Transformative Journal status by Plan S, following on from their early adoption of Read & Publish agreements and transparent metrics.

Another focus has been building community sites including preLights, an early-career initiative around preprint commenting.

Previously, Claire worked for Elsevier, where she was responsible for the Current Opinion and Trends journals. She has a background in molecular and developmental biology.

Company Twitter handle: @Co_Biologists

Executive Chair, Research England

After studying Statistics at the University of Aberdeen, David worked at two BBSRC research institutes, as a consultant statistician. David was a Director at Royal Holloway, University of London, before moving into university leadership as Vice-Principal in 2004.

He joined HEFCE in 2008 as Director and led the development and implementation of the first Research Excellence Framework. He was responsible for research policy and funding, knowledge exchange and university/business relations.

In May 2017 he was appointed the first Executive Chair of Research England which is one of the nine research councils that forms UK Research and Innovation. Research England is biggest research funder in the UK with responsibility for university block-grant funding for research and knowledge exchange.

David was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 2012, was Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Newcastle, NSW in 2015 and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. 

Head of Open Research, Wellcome Trust

Robert Kiley is Head of Open Research at Wellcome where he is responsible for developing and implementing Wellcomes’s open research strategy.

Over the past decade Robert has played a leading role in the implementation of Wellcome’s open access policy.  He has also been responsible for initiating the development of eLife, the online journal developed in partnership with HHMI and the Max Planck Society and Wellcome’s OA repository, Europe PubMed Central repository.  Most recently Robert championed the development of Wellcome’s own publishing platform – Wellcome Open Research – which has become the most used publication venue for Wellcome funded researchers.

Since March 2019, he has also assumed the role as cOAlition S Coordinator.

Robert is a qualified librarian and is a member of ORCID’s Board of Directors.

MD, IWA Publishing

Rod runs IWA Publishing, which helps give the world clean drinking water and safe sanitation. IWA Publishing is one of the first learned society publishers to completely transition its journals to Open Access. He is a Director and Council Member of ALPSP and a Council Member of the Society Publishers’ Coalition. Before IWA Publishing, Rod spent ten years at Taylor & Francis running the Medical, Life Science & Environmental journal portfolios. He has also worked for Blackwell Publishing, Reed Education and York Press.

Chief Publishing and Solutions Officer, Springer Nature

Steven Inchcoombe is Chief Publishing and Solutions Officer at Springer Nature. His responsibilities cover all Springer Nature’s research publishing and editorial activities, including Open Access, all its platforms, products, tools and services, including its moves to enable an Open Science future and all its benefits for the whole research enterprise. Previously Steven was CEO at Nature Publishing Group and President of Scientific American. Prior to that Steven was the Publisher at the Financial Times, led ft.com and spent 10 years in a variety of roles at financial database business IDC ultimately responsible for the company’s strategy. Steven was awarded a scholarship to Merton College, Oxford, where he read Physics and later qualified as a chartered accountant with PWC.

Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur