“[Q] What do you see as the biggest challenges in scholarly publishing today?
[A] The obvious answer is the rise of open. Not just open access, but open research more broadly. Many see it as a big threat to the sector, but the way that we’re looking at this at Emerald is that it’s a massive opportunity to contribute in a different way. Open access offers academics choice in routes to publish and the ability to publish more quickly, which is always valuable when you are trying to get research out to your colleagues and community. Open also gives researchers the ability to disseminate their work more far and wide than ever….”
“Emerald Publishing has appointed Vicky Williams as its new CEO. Richard Bevan, who has been CEO of Emerald Group since 2010, will take on the additional role of executive chairman of Emerald Group, with its founder, Keith Howard, stepping down as chairman. Howard will remain a member of the Emerald Group Board. Williams has held a variety of senior roles in her 18 years at Emerald, including head of publishing development, director of business and development and, most recently, director of people (HR) and CEO of Emerald’s creative agency business, Research Media….”
“Hyper Island students from our MA Digital Experience Design program in Manchester joined their hearts, minds and wits with a leading figure from the publishing industry, to help re-imagine the future of publishing and then design initiatives that will pave the way toward innovation….What does the next generation users want from an academic publisher like Emerald?…The students got a deep understanding of Emerald’s values, and their solutions responded to our position at the heart of management learning. The summaries below don’t do justice to their awesome presentations but will give you a sneaky peek at future possibilities….[One team] proposed a shift in business model from asset builder to network orchestrator and provided business plans for developing an open access lab….”