Wednesday 10 February 2010

Anianet seeking feedback on posting call for papers to Chinese researchers

ALPSP member Anianet ( is a free English-language professional network connecting Chinese scholars to their peers in Europe and America. Since launching in late 2009, Anianet has helped connect thousands of Chinese academics, scientists, and researchers to their western counterparts.

Anianet's members are interested in finding out which journals are interested in and/or actively soliciting manuscripts from Chinese scholars. In response to this feedback, they are exploring the notion of a call for papers newsletter that would be distributed to the Anianet community on a regular basis. The idea is that publishers (and meeting/conference organizers soliciting proposals as well) could, for a small fee, efficiently connect with the Chinese authoring community via these Anianet newsletters.

Anianet are soliciting feedback as to whether ALPSP members would see this as a useful tool to grow their visibility among Chinese authors and would appreciate any constructive feedback regarding this idea.

To comment, join the discussion on the ALPSP LinkedIn group.

Ian Russell

Wednesday 3 February 2010

ALPSP Seminar: The Future of Academic Book Publishing, 18 March

Chair: Sam Bruinsma, Brill Publishing

British Institute of Radiology, London

This ALPSP one-day seminar provides a unique opportunity to consider both the present situation facing academic and scholarly publishers of all shapes and sizes, and the likely direction for the business of academic book publishing in the immediate future.

The keynote will be delivered by Paul DeCillis who is Director of Online Publishing at the American Institute of Physics who considers the present market for eBooks and looks forward to what we can expect in a rapidly changing environment - AIP have recently launched their own eBook platform.

The 'where are we currently?' theme is then picked up by consideration of the soon to be published 'ALPSP Scholarly Book Publishing' survey results. The place of third party suppliers such as the aggregators is considered as is the place for print in today's digital world. An expert overview of the latest eBook technologies follows a discussion of the likely impact of the looming Google Book Settlement. The expert panel of speakers then provide answers to questions from delegates before the Chair sums up.
Who should attend: all those concerned with strategies for developing book content from an Editorial, Sales, or Marketing background. Librarians interested in how scholarly book publishing is changing and developing will also find the seminar of interest.


Paul DeCillis, Director of Online Publishing, American Institute of Physics
Laura Cox, Managing Director, Frontline Global Marketing Services
Linda Bennett, Gold Leaf
Martin Marlow, CEO, Maverick Marketing
Richard Padley, Managing Director, Semantico
Sarah Stamford, Project Manager, eBooks@Cambridge

Further information: or

MUDL - New working group on management data

This week sees the launch of a new group whose aim is to bring together publishers, aggregators and librarians to work for improved management data for academic libraries. The groups’s press release can be found at

Terms of reference for the Group, perhaps appropriately called Managing and Understanding Data in Libraries (MUDL) are also available, at

For more information about MUDL, contact or