Amanda WardBrett RubinsteinDavid ProsserCaroline BurleyPublishing and chess would not seem obvious soulmates, but they share much in common.

Like chess masters, publishers almost never make a quick strike that leads to victory. It’s possible to win chess in as few as two moves, though most tournaments last much longer.

At the London Book Fair earlier this month, the reputations of many publishers exhibiting may have rested on foundations that are decades, even centuries old. But this is 2017, and resting anywhere or on anything is no longer a reliable business strategy. In the dynamic open access publishing environment, especially, nothing stands still for long.

Like chess, CCC’s Christopher Kenneally noted for an SRO audience at an OA forum, the winning move for open access requires a thoughtful strategy. He spoke with a panel including —

  • Caroline Burley, Journals Operations Manager, Publishing Services & Production, for the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • David Prosser, the Executive Director of RLUK, the representative body for the UK’s leading research libraries.
  • Brett Rubinstein, Head of Business Development and Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) Sales at IOP Publishing, a leading scientific society promoting physics and with a worldwide membership of around 50,000.
  • Amanda Ward, Head of Program Management for the Open Research Group Business Operations at Springer Nature.
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