the london book fair
12–14 March 2024

Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum

Thursday, 20 April 2023  | Olympia Theatre

09.25 - 09.30

Welcoming Remarks 

Rob Johnson, Managing Director, Research Consulting

09.30 - 10.00

Opening Keynote: The transformation of science communication

How widespread adoption of preprints is transforming established models of science communication.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how the uptake of preprints is changing scholarly publishing.
  • Gain insight into eLife’s recent decision to change its publishing model.
  • Examine the implications of these developments for other publishers.


Dr Damian Pattinson, Executive Director, eLife Sciences Publications Ltd

10.05 - 10.35

D&I at STM Publishers

A discussion to explore Diversity & Inclusion in the STM Publishing: are we on the right track? Can we do more to make progress faster?

Learning outcomes:

  • How diverse (and inclusive) are STM publishers? What do we know about the diversity of our staff and does this reflect the society we live in?
  • How can we address diversity in our publications, e.g. journal editorial boards?
  • How can STM publishers support an inclusive research agenda?


Michiel Kolman, SVP Research Networks, Academic Ambassador, Elsevier

10.40 –11.10

Publishing, IP, Policy and Parliament: What are the current and potential future publisher-related policy challenges?

An informative discussion on the latest important copyright and publisher-related policy developments in Westminster and beyond. The panel will explain recently proposed changes to copyright in the UK and how it may affect publishers. They will also review and discuss current policy issues that publishers need to be aware of and will also look ahead and identify the policy challenges and political issues that may appear over the next year.


Will Crook, Policy and Communications Manager, Publishers’ Licensing Services

Saskia Perriard-Abdoh, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, British Copyright Council

Duncan Campbell, Senior Director, Global Sales Partnerships, Wiley


Chaired by:

Leslie Lansman, Global Permissions Manager, Springer Nature

11.10 - 11.40

Coffee Break

11.40 - 12.10

Reading the Data Compass: The guiding role of metadata in an increasingly complex scholarly research ecosystem.

To read a map of the scholarly research ecosystem, stakeholders should keep a data compass handy. 

The data compass relies on metadata to guide publishing toward Open Science. This sophisticated instrument uses persistent IDs (PIDs) to identify important affiliations for authors, funders, and institutions that are essential to managing workflow in any transformative deal. 

When scaling the heights of Open Access, a data compass is essential in a pressurized publishing environment that includes funder mandates, open data policies, and expectations for interoperability.

The panel will share insights and experiences related to the guiding role of metadata in an increasingly complex scholarly research ecosystem.



Christopher Kenneally, Senior Director, Marketing, CCC



Daniel Shanahan, Publishing Director, PLOS

Dr José Francisco Salm Junior, PhD, Professor, UDESC-ULisbon

Matt Cannon, Head of Open Research for Taylor & Francis

12.15 –13.00

In Conversation with: Decentralised Science

This session will shed light on the move towards decentralised science and explain how Web3 technologies have the potential to change the way science is performed and shared.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand what decentralised science is, and its implications for publishing.
  • Gain familiarity with Web3 technologies and their role in scholarly communication.
  • Assess how these approaches might be deployed more widely within the publishing industry.


Philipp Koellinger, Professor in Social Science Genetics, Department of Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and co-founder, DeSci Labs

Eleanor Davies of VitaDAO


Chaired by:

Rob Johnson, Managing Director, Research Consulting

13.00 –14.00

Networking lunch

14.00 –15.00

Librarian Panel Discussion session

Leading librarians from the US, UK and France explore how national and international policies are reshaping the world of scholarly communication.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how developments in publishing are viewed by leading librarians.
  • Gain knowledge of recent policy developments in the US, UK and Europe.
  • Improve ability to meet the strategic needs of libraries in three key countries.


Dr Torsten Reimer, Dean, University of Chicago Library

Chris Banks, FRSA, Director of Library Services, Imperial College London

Julien Roche, Director of Libraries and Learning Centre, University of Lille and President of LIBER


Chaired by:

Rob Johnson, Managing Director, Research Consulting

15.05 -15.50

ALPSP Session in partnership with the SDG Publishers Compact Fellows: “The SDGs and Publishing” – reviewing the SDG Publishers Compact and offering practical guidance for publishers on how to contribute

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about the SDG Publishers Compact, and becoming a signatory
  • Discover how publishers large and small are approaching this, and the STM Roadmap as a helpful guide
  • Find out about resources from the SDG Publishers Compact Fellows and examples of policies in action


Sally Wilson, VP Publishing, Emerald Publishing

Roger Worthington, Consultant in ethics and global health, former adjunct at Yale School of Medicine faculty

Gerald Beasley, University Librarian (retired) - Joining Virtually


Chaired by:

Jo Wixon, Director, Portfolio Strategy, Wiley

15.55 –16.05

Chair’s Closing Remarks

Rob Johnson, Managing Director, Research Consulting


Dr Damian Pattinson

Executive Director,

eLife Sciences Publications Ltd

Michiel Kolman

SVP Research Networks, Academic Ambassador,


Will Crook

Policy and Communications Manager,

Publishers’ Licensing Services

Saskia Perriard-Abdoh

Director of Policy and Public Affairs,

British Copyright Council

Leslie Lansman

Global Permissions Manager,

Springer Nature

Philipp Koellinger

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam &

Co-founder, DeSci Labs

Rob Johnson

Managing Director,

Research Consulting

Dr Torsten Reimer


University of Chicago Library

Julien Roche

University of Lille &

President of LIBER

Sally Wilson

VP Publishing,

Emerald Publishing

Roger Worthington

Consultant in ethics and global health,

Yale School of Medicine faculty

Gerald Beasley

University Librarian (retired)

Joining Virtually

Chris Banks

Director of Library Services,

Imperial College London

Duncan Campbell

Senior Director, Global Sales Partnerships,


Jo Wixon

Director, Portfolio Strategy,


Christopher Kenneally

Senior Director Marketing


Daniel Shanahan

Publishing Director


Dr José Francisco Salm Junior

PhD, Professor,


Matt Cannon

Head of Open Research

Taylor & Francis

Speaker Information

Saskia Perriard-Abdoh was appointed as the British Copyright Council’s Director of Policy and Public Affairs in 2021. Prior to this she was as Head of Policy and Campaigns at the National Literacy Trust. She has also held leadership roles at the British Psychological Society and began her career at Prospect Magazine where she was responsible for overseeing the publication’s thought leadership programme and expanding its network of parliamentary and Whitehall contacts. Saskia has extensive experience of representing member views and leveraging their expertise to make recommendations to policymakers as well as engaging with government.

Leslie Lansman B.A., J.D, LL.M has over 20 years of experience across the creative industries and in both London and New York. She has worked as a lawyer in house and in law firms, worked extensively in academia mainly at Queen Mary, conducted intellectual property research projects for the UK Ministry of Justice and the IPO, providing consulting services for startups, and currently holds the position of Global Permissions Manager at Springer Nature. Additionally, she is a Director and Chair of the Association of Learned Professional and Scientific Publishers’ Policy Committee. She also convenes copyright training courses for both publishers and other organisations. While her speciality is in copyright law issues, she has a keen interest in all policies affecting the global publishing industry.  

Prof. Dr. Koellinger is the president of the DeSci Foundation and co-founder of DeSci Labs - two initiatives that aim to accellerate scientific progress by making science more replicable, accessible, transparent, and fairer. He is also full professor in economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research group investigates how genes influence economic behavior, and how insights into the genetic architecture of behavioral outcomes can inform social and medical research. He is one of the principal investigators and co-founders of the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC), the BIG BEAR Consortium, and the Externalizing Consortium. In addition to various large-scale genome-wide association (GWAS) studies on social-scientific outcomes, he is also involved in the development and application of new statistical methods that use large-scale genetic data. His research is published in journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Genetics, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Human Behaviour, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. 

Rob Johnson is the Managing Director of Research Consulting, a mission-driven business which works to improve the effectiveness and impact of research and scholarly communication.  Rob began his career as a consultant with KPMG, the international professional services firm, and spent four years as Head of Research Operations at the University of Nottingham, UK.  Since founding Research Consulting in 2013 he has led more than 100 projects in the field of scholarly communication, advising globally-leading universities, research funders, intergovernmental bodies, publishers and software suppliers.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds an MSc in Higher Education Management from Loughborough University. 

Torsten Reimer is University Librarian and Dean of the University Library at the University of Chicago. He is leading the process of developing and implementing a strategic vision to redefine the library's role within the global knowledge ecosystem. Torsten joined the University of Chicago from the British Library, where he led the national library's content and research services. In previous roles, he developed open access and research data services at Imperial College London and managed the research infrastructure program at Jisc. Torsten's background is in history and digital humanities, working at King's College London and the University of Munich (LMU). He holds a PhD in history from LMU, and is currently Vice Chair of Open Repositories, Vice Chair of the IvyPlus Library Confederation, Chair of the advisory board for the library at the University of Cologne and a member of the board at DataCite and the steering group at SPARC.

Julien Roche served as Director of the libraries of the University of Lille – Sciences and Technologies from 2005 to 2018. Following a merger of Lille’s three universities he became, in March 2018, director of libraries at the newly enlarged University of Lille. From 2010 to 2016, Julien served on LIBER’s Executive Board. In July 2022, he was elected as LIBER President. Julien Roche also has a national responsibility as co-chair of the “European and international” college of the French Open Science Committee since July 2018. He authored more than 30 scientific publications in medieval history as well as in library and information science and has been an invited speaker in many conferences. 

Sally Wilson, VP Publishing at Emerald Publishing, is an experienced publishing professional responsible for the strategic development of Emerald’s global publishing programme, comprising journals, books, and teaching cases with a commitment on real world impact; a focus on research aligned to the UN SDGs; innovation through non-traditional content types; and author experience. Sally and her Emerald team collaborate closely with researchers, practitioners, and policy makers globally to help turn research outputs into policy and practice.

As a responsible business and signatory of the SDG Publishers Compact, Emerald believes that knowledge and learning can diminish divides and be an inclusive force for change.  Emerald has established itself as an employer and partner known for a strong, inclusive, and respectful culture which is based on trust and transparency.

Sally represents Emerald at the SDG Publisher Compact Fellows and on the Joint Commitment for Action on Inclusion and Diversity in Publishing

Dr Roger Worthington is a consultant in ethics, medical education and global health. He co-facilitates the UN SDG Publishers Compact Fellows group and is former adjunct faculty (Internal Medicine) at Yale University (USA). He has held academic positions at medical schools in the UK and Australia and consultancy roles at government ministries and medical regulators. Roger has a PhD from the State University of New York (Buffalo, USA) and an MA from Keele University (UK). He speaks regularly at UN conferences, is Editor-in-Chief of Scholarly Review, and runs professional development courses for doctors in the UK. Publications include books, chapters and journal articles [see ResearchGate].

Gerald Beasley is an academic librarian and SDG Publishers Compact Fellow with extensive work experience in the UK, Canada, and the United States. A dual British-Canadian citizen, he has served most recently as Chief Librarian and Vice-Provost at the University of Alberta (2013-17) and as Cornell University Librarian (2017-22).  He has presented widely on a variety of topics including sustainable development and open access.

A scientist-publisher and strategist, Jo is driven by supporting researchers and societies in sharing and promoting research and knowledge to make a difference, with a particular interest in interdisciplinary research and supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

With over 20 years in publishing, she has transitioned from journal management and commissioning, through portfolio expansion, to society partnership development, and into global journals portfolio strategy.

Jo has a BSc and DPhil in Biochemistry, and was a Post-Doctoral researcher before moving into scholarly publishing. She is Vice-Chair of the ALPSP Membership and Marketing Committee, a HESI SDG Publishers Compact Fellow, and on STM’s SDG Academic Publishers Forum.

Michiel is Senior Vice President ,Elsevier and former President of the International Publishers Association

Previously he worked for Wolters Kluwer in a division that is now part of Springer Nature. He holds a degree from Leiden University, the Netherlands and a PhD in astrophysics from Columbia University, New York.

Michiel serves on the board of the Accessible Books Consortium and the board of the Workplace Pride Foundation supporting LGBTI workplace inclusion. He is the executive sponsor of Elsevier Pride and has been listed twice in the FT’s Top100 most influential LGBT senior executives.

Duncan Campbell is Senior Director, Global Sales Partnerships at Wiley, where he is responsible for licensing, agent relations and copyright & permissions for Wiley’s academic journal and database content. He has significant experience in policy development & stakeholder engagement in areas such as artificial intelligence & intellectual property, content sharing & syndication and text & data mining. Duncan is co-chair of the CLOCKSS digital archive, a not-for-profit joint venture between the world's leading academic publishers and research libraries, a member of both the International Publishers’ Rights Organization (IPRO) and International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO) boards, vice-chair of the ALPSP copyright committee, and a non-executive director of Seren Books, a literary publisher based in Wales. 

At CCC (Copyright Clearance Center), Christopher Kenneally develops content and programming covering issues facing the information industry. As Senior Director, Marketing, he works with his CCC colleagues to help the company attract new customers and achieve greater penetration in existing markets. Kenneally is host and producer of CCC’s weekly podcast series, Velocity of Content.

As a freelance journalist, Christopher Kenneally reported on education, business, travel, culture and technology for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and The Independent of London, among many other publications. He also reported for WBUR-FM (Boston), National Public Radio, and WGBH-TV (PBS-Boston). He is author of “Massachusetts 101” (Applewood Books), a history of the state “from Redcoats to Red Sox.”


Dan Shanahan is the Publishing Director at PLOS, where he is responsible for the strategic and business management and development of the PLOS portfolio. Prior to joining PLOS, he has held senior positions in both product and publishing, including at Cochrane, F1000 and Springer Nature. 

Dr. José Salm Jr. is a professor at Santa Catarina State University in the Information Science Graduate Program and is a faculty member at the Department of Public Administration. Salm was a partner in the development and roll out of the Star Metrics program, a federally funded program to categorize and measure scientific innovation through analyzing U.S. government grants and grant recipients. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Group Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health of the Americas at the Pan-American Health Organization Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Washington DC.

Matt Cannon is the Head of Open Research for Taylor & Francis. Matt has been working at Taylor & Francis for 15 years in a variety of editorial roles, in both science and social science areas. In 2019 Matt moved to the Open Research team where he sets policies and practices to improve the reproducibility and transparency of research. Matt is a member of the Research Data Alliance and sits on the publisher advisory board of and the Centre for Open Science.

Will is the Policy and Communications Manager at Publishers’ Licensing Services (PLS). He joined PLS in December 2021 after working in parliament for 6 years as a researcher for Andrew Bingham MP and for former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP. Will’s main responsibility is to engage with members of both houses in parliament on issues effecting the publishing industry and to ensure that PLS and publishers signed up to PLS’ services are fully updated on events in Westminster. Will also represents PLS at meetings of various industry policy and IP policy groups. He also oversees PLS’ communications output as well as its events and marketing. 

Damian Pattinson is Executive Director at eLife. He started his publishing career at the BMJ, where he worked as an editor on BMJ Clinical Evidence and Best Practice. He joined PLOS ONE as editorial director, and oversaw the dramatic expansion of the journal to become the largest scientific journal in the world. He moved to Research Square as vice president of publishing innovation, where he launched the Research Square preprint server. He holds a PhD in Neuroscience from University College London.

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