Member Benefits

Why join ALPSP? (pdf)

There are many benefits available to ALPSP members. The membership details page gives the different grades of membership and subscription rates. If you would like more information, simply complete a membership pack request form. If you have already decided that you would like to join ALPSP, complete and return the Application Form (pdf)

'We joined ALPSP in order to join a network of like-minded specialist not-for-profit publishers. In these revolutionary times it is important to be able to benefit from the experience of others struggling to understand and cope with the new dynamics in learned publishing.'
Toby Green, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

'We value our membership of ALPSP not only for the journal, which is an important source of information on all aspects of journal publishing, but also for access to networks of colleagues in similar businesses.'
Sally Hardy, Regional Studies Association

Membership Benefits

Practical help and advice, when you need it.

ALPSP opens up a wealth of experience and expertise. Immediate queries can usually be dealt with at the end by telephone, or why not join our discussion lists. Support and information on wider issues is provided through the wide-ranging list of seminars, webinars, training courses and eLearning modules on offer.

Members Only

Logged in Members are able to access much, much more information.... This includes: key documents about the Association; advice on copyright, agreements, licensing, journal publishing and more; free online access to Learned PublishingALPSP Research Reports and to selected other publications; the current work of the ALPSP Council and committees.

ALPSP Learned Journals Collection (in partnership with Swets)

All publisher members (both Full and Associate) are eligible to include their journals in the ALPSP Learned Journals Collection (ALJC). This is an ALPSP initiative whereby smaller publishers work together to sell a combined package of their journals, thus enabling them to compete for library funds with the 'Big Deals' offered by many of the larger publishers.

The ALJC is managed in partnership with Swets, one of the world's leading subscription services company. In 2014 it will consist of 657 titles from 40 publishers with nine discipline-specific subsets available in Archaeology & History, Law, Life Sciences, Linguistics & Arts, Medicine, Religion & Philosophy, Science, Social Sciences and Technology.

ALPSP Alert newsletter

The monthly e-newsletter for members provides up-to-date news and views on the publishing world.

Specialised committees that keep an eye on important trends

All ALPSP members have the chance to serve on committees which monitor issues of particular importance to the industry. Members keep a close eye on developments and report back to the wider membership through the Council and seminars.

The Government Affairs Committee makes recommendations to Council on policy positions and other public affairs activities. The Copyright Sub Committee* monitors developments in copyright and related areas, which are of vital significance to members. The Professional Development Committee and Training Committee are responsible for our comprehensive programme of training courses, seminars and other events.
(*formerly known as the Intellectual Property Rights Committee, and Copyright Committee)

ALPSP International Conference (www.alpspconference.org)

This residential conference is held each September and has quickly become a key fixture in the publishing calendar. The programme offers sessions on key topics and developments in all areas of scholarly publishing, with evening social events and plenty of time for discussion and networking during the day.  Presentations from previous converences are available in the events archive.  The 2014 ALPSP International Conference will be held at the Park Inn Heathrow London, UK from Wednesday 10 - Friday 12 September 2014.

Regular publishing seminars, updates and webinars on current issues

ALPSP events offer members the chance to get together, exchange ideas and explore topics of common interest.  Seminar Podcasts are available for events from 2009 onwards (Previous events)
Recent titles include:

The future of Peer Review
The future for Smaller Publishers
It's all about discovery stupid!
Outsourcing: the good, the bad and the ugly
Ignore your authors at your peril.
Beyond the Rhetoric. New opportunities in Open Access

ALPSP Training

We offer a growing programme of one-day publishing training courses, specially tailored to the needs of people working in small learned and professional publishing organisations. The number of delegates is kept below 20, to encourage interaction, and the focus is on small group case-study work. Courses are organised in five subject strands - General Publishing; Business & Finance; Editorial; Production & E-Publishing; Marketing; and Legal Issues - and at three levels - introductory, intermediate and advanced (Strategic Management Workshops). ALPSP can also offer its existing courses or new ones on an in house basis.

ALPSP eLearning 

ALPSP now has five courses available online (details), including two new intermediate courses: Citation Analysis for publishers and International Copyright.  Our established events, costing just £150 for members are: Introduction to Journals Publishing, Fundamentals of eProduction and Introduction to Journals Marketing.  These are adapted from our  highly successful face-to-face publishing workshops. Free online demo.   For further information please contact Amanda Whiting (email)

North America Workshops and Webinars 

The North American Chapter of ALPSP runs a series of webinars and training workshops (details). For further information please contact Isabel Czech (email)

Free subscription to Learned Publishing

Free online access to the award-winning journal, Learned Publishing, as well as one print copy, comes as part of a subscription to ALPSP. The journal publishes key papers on issues of concern to the international learned publishing community. Seen as vital intelligence by the industry leaders and much referred to, it will keep you in touch with developments that affect everyone working in learned publishing.

ALPSP Research Reports & Member Briefings

ALPSP is involved in regular research studies on specific aspects of learned and professional publishing, to improve understanding by and of publishers (details). The online versions are free to ALPSP Members.

ALPSP Advice Notes and Guidelines

ALPSP provides practice notes, checklists and guidelines written by members and others (details). The Advice Notes offer valuable information on subjects such as copyright and other legal issues, agreements, licensing, marketing, production, journal publishing and more.

Email discussion lists

All members can subscribe to the general ALPSP discussion list, which provides a forum for lively discussions on many publishing issues.  We also have a discussion list for the North American Chapter which is open to all ALPSP members based in North America (details).  Both lists are confined to members.

Copyright Infringement Portal

ALPSP is pleased to announce a collaboration with the UK Publishers Association (PA) on an ALPSP branded version of the PA's Copyright Infringement Portal.  ALPSP members are entitled to a 50% discount on list prices(details).

Global Publishing Information Market Reports

Free access (for publisher members) to the British Council/Publishers Association database of market reports. (details)

OECD Research & Development Databases

Free access for Full Members to these two databases (details)

Member Discounts

A range of suppliers offer special rates to ALPSP members. (No endorsement by ALPSP is implied.)

  • Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) is offering ALPSP’s members 10% discount on implementation of RightsLink, a sophisticated transactional engine that allows publishers to automate permissions, submission of author fees and content delivery. This includes RightsLink for Open Access, which enables publishers to easily manage article processing charges (APCs), as well as page and color charges, submission fees and author reprints. Further information is available at www.copyright.com/alpsp where you can contact the CCC team for a demonstration.
  • Marketability training courses. £50 discount for ALPSP Members, please quote ALPSP when booking.
  • Printondemand-worldwide is offering ALPSP members exclusive offers on mono and colour print on demand and short run services; as follows:
    - Free title set up for digital files for print on demand or short run (providing useable print ready files are supplied).
    - Preferential print rates for ALPSP members on colour and mono books and journals across a range of papers, trims and bind styles
    - Free listing to our POD retail channel partners including our own online bookshop The Great British Bookshop.
    - Monthly e-book listing fees waived for titles entered into our e-book retail channels (subject to size of e book programme) combined with our POD retail channels. Contact Chris Kinsey (chrisk@printondemand-worldwide.com)
  • Routledge/Taylor & Francis are offering ALPSP members 30% discount on the latest edition of Inside Book Publishing by Giles Clark and Angus Phillips. Go to the book’s web page and add discount code ALPSP227 in the box on the left hand side of the checkout page. The offer is valid until 31 December 2014.
  • Simon Inger and Tracy Gardner are offering ALPSP full members in bands A, C and E a special discount on the research report How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Journals. Contact Suzanne Kavanagh for further information.
  • Training Courses from Renew - 10% discount for ALPSP members
  • Training courses from SfEP - discount for ALPSP members - details 
    We also offer SfEP members a 10% discount on our events. Booking requests should be emailed to us.
To provide a special offer to ALPSP members and to include it in the above list or to update the information detailed above please email Audrey McCulloch.