London Book Fair Announces Dedicated Scholarly Publishing Conference Programme


After huge success, London Book Fair will be returning for a third year and will be hosted by co-chairs Mandy Hill, Managing Director of Academic Publishing at Cambridge University Press, and Helen Dobson, Scholarly Communications Manager at the University of ManchFester.

The popular conference has announced that for the first time, it will run a dedicated academic publishing conference, entitled The Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum. Announcing the new addition, LBF Conference Manager Orna O’Brien commented:

“We’ve been welcoming a steadily increasing number of researchers, academics, librarians, publishers and other stakeholders from the scholarly community to LBF since we first launched our Academic & STM Zone back in 2012. The Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum, together with our academic publishing show floor theatre The Faculty, has become an extremely popular offering for these delegates, providing them with a great opportunity to hear from the industry’s movers and shakers and learn about the latest trends.”

Spanning across a half-day session, the conference will be filled with lively panel debates, in conversation with sessions, keynote speeches and networking, and is programmed in partnership with the Publishers Association and ALPSP (the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers). Among the prestigious names participating are Wiley, Elsevier and Taylor and Francis.

Other highlights include:

  • A discussion about the future of Open Access in the UK between Alicia Wise, Elsevier’s Director of Policy and Access, Liam Earney, Jisc Collections’ Head of Library Support Services, and Chris Banks, Assistant Provost (Space) & Director of Library Services, Central Library, Imperial College London
  • A panel presenting global research policy developments chaired by Wiley’s James Perham-Marchant, featuring speakers from Taylor & Francis, Berghahn Books and Research Consulting
  • A panel session on new innovations to watch, chaired by Tracey Armstrong, President and CEO of the Copyright Clearance Center, including speakers from Sparrho, Frontiers and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press


The London Book Fair takes place between March 14 – 16 at Olympia, London. The Research and Scholarly Forum will be on March 15.

Amnet will be there!