Ingenta is proud to present a number of sessions at this year’s London Book Fair, all of which will take place in The Faculty; the hub for debate and learning through a programme of academic, scientific and professional topics.

A definitive highlight will be Wednesday’s panel discussion on Open Access entitled ‘What is a Publisher Now? Yes, it’s Open: But Where on Earth is it?’. The session will be chaired by Byron Russell, Head of Ingenta Connect and will include Mark Johnson, Director of Contributor Experience & Product Marketing at PLOS, Ros Pyne, Research & Development Manager at Open Research at Springer Nature, Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager, UCL Press, Dr. Rupert Gatti, Director and co-founder, Open Book Publishers.

The rising tide of Open Access publications – books, monographs and journal articles – brings with it a multitude of difficulties. None more significant than discoverability. The content that publishers and authors create may well be free and available, but how do readers find it? Open Access content is everywhere – in institutional repositories, on sites like OAPEN and DOAJ and on publisher’s own websites – but researchers have an increasingly hard time locating exactly what they are looking for, especially when it comes to relevant Gold Open Access content. Publishing Technology’s popular What is a Publisher Now? series, in this its fourth year, welcomes a distinguished panel of experts from across the scholarly publishing landscape to discuss the challenges brought about by the widespread shift to Open Access models, and the ways in which discoverability of Open Access content can be addressed.

Another highlight will be Thursday’s ‘Levelling the Playing Field: How Smaller Society Publishers Use Technology to Aim High’ featuring Melissanne Scheld, Managing Director, PCG in conversation with Leighton Chipperfield, Director of Publishing, Microbiology Society.

Hot on the heels of the launch of its new online platform and a major rebrand, the Microbiology Society is the perfect example of a modern-day society publisher making the most of technological advances to bolster its offering. From responsive design and article level metrics to Open Access, Chipperfield will demonstrate how technology is driving success and growth at the Microbiology Society. He will reveal how the publisher is becoming more customer-centric by showcasing its journal and article content more effectively, how it is increasing engagement and interaction with its scientific community and authors, and how it is becoming more nimble as an organisation with the ability to innovate and experiment with new revenue models. Increasingly, where technology is concerned, size doesn’t matter, and this unmissable session with one of the most forward-thinking society publishers in the academic publishing arena is guaranteed to provoke debate, motivate and inspire.

And don’t forget to stop by our stand – 7G41 in the National Hall – and say hello!


Wednesday 13 April

11:30 – 12:30 – What is a Publisher Now? Yes, it’s Open: But Where on Earth is it?


Thursday 14 April 

13:00 – 14:00 – Levelling the Playing Field: How Smaller Society Publishers Use Technology to Aim High