Sponsor: Strategy Update


Friday 28th June 2019

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Chair: Anja Smit, Utrecht University Library, Utrecht, Netherlands

Supporting the transition to open for the Social Sciences: a Publisher Perspective

Emerald is extremely honoured to have this opportunity to present to you. We want to celebrate our growing and continuing relationship with LIBER as we are now Gold Sponsors. Our strategy update presentation will focus on Open Access for Social Sciences.

The road to open is uneven, with wildly different global adoption rates, and inequity across subject disciplines. We need to provide a sustainable path to open for all actors in the scholarly communications ecosystem.

As a social science publisher, where the majority of research we publish is not funded by central funding bodies, we want to reflect the needs and concerns of our communities and ensure that inequalities in the system aren’t unintentionally replicated in a brave new world. Success will require all stakeholders to think differently – we all have changing roles and perspectives, and we need to work together to ensure a balanced approach that doesn’t leave the social sciences behind.

We will discuss the routes to open that we now provide for our authors, and how we are seeking to align this with a bolder mission to drive real impact through our publishing activities, focusing on today’s and tomorrow’s grand challenges.

Shelley Allen joined Emerald Publishing in March 2019 as Head of Open Research. With 17 years’ experience within academic publishing, working in mostly editorial roles across a range of subject disciplines Shelley is passionate about driving change and ensuring real impact for the communities Emerald serves. Shelley has a keen interest in open science, particularly exploring ways to translate research for new audiences as well as leveraging the wider impact “Open” can have, including bringing new and diverse voices into the research landscape.

Vicky Williams has held a variety of senior roles during her 18 years at Emerald, including Head of Publishing Development, Director of Business and Development and, most recently, Group Director of People (HR) and CEO of Emerald’s creative agency business, Research Media.

This range and level of experience – spanning editorial, new product and digital development, business intelligence, HR and global marketing communications – gives Vicky unique insight into the challenges and opportunities facing academic publishing, and makes her ideally placed to take Emerald forward to meet them. Vicky – a Cambridge graduate with an MA in International Business from Leeds Beckett – is also a keen advocate for gender diversity in academic publishing, launching Emerald’s workplace gender diversity programme, Stride, and appearing as a panellist on the issue at international academic conferences and events.

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