Cambridge University Press, part of the University of Cambridge, is pleased to invite Cambridge Postdocs to a series of sessions about publishing. Experienced publishers from a range of academic areas will aim to answer your questions about changes in international academic publishing, submitting journals articles and book proposals, REF criteria and peer review. They will also give practical guidance on ensuring that a submission has the best possible chance of acceptance.
These informal lunchtime sessions will be held in the Postdoc Centre @ 16 Mill Lane. They will be ‘brown bag’ style (bring your own lunch), with tea and coffee provided. The first, ‘Academic Book Publishing in the Humanities’ takes place on 3 February. Watch out for new sessions, which will be posted on the OPdA website and PdOC Society newsletters.
To book your place, ask questions or make suggestions for themes you’d be interested in, contact:
Heidi Mulvey, Head of Community Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01223 326155.
Wednesday 3 February 2016, 12.30 – 14.00
Linda Bree, Editorial Director, Arts and Literature
Academic Book Publishing in the Humanities
Linda Bree will talk about the opportunities and challenges of monograph publishing in the humanities. She will describe the range of publishers, and the kinds of publishing, that are available to scholars, and will explore the ways in which publishing is developing to meet the changing requirements of individuals and institutions, including REF criteria. She will then lead a general discussion on the practical aspects of publishing a monograph and will welcome questions and comments.
Linda Bree has twenty years' experience in publishing and is Editorial Director, Arts and Literature, at Cambridge University Press, where she commissions books in British and European literature, and manages a team of editors across literature, drama, music and art, with an overview of other humanities subjects. She has a doctorate in literature from the University of London; she has written widely, for different publishers, on a range of topics across eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature, and has a particular interest in scholarly editing.
Tuesday 1 March 2016, 12.30 – 14.00
Phil Meyler, Publishing Development Director, Science, Technology, and Medicine
Successful Academic Publishing
Phil Meyler will describe the current landscape in international academic publishing, with particular emphasis on STM. He will outline the steps involved in submitting a journal article, including peer review, and give practical guidance on making sure that a submission has the best possible chance of acceptance. He will also cover the procedure for publishing a book, from the preparation of an effective proposal through to acceptance, production and publication.
Phil Meyler is the Publishing Development Director for Science, Technology, and Medicine at Cambridge University Press, and has worked in the scientific publishing industry for 23 years.
Wednesday 20 April 2016, 12.30 – 14.00
David Mainwaring, Executive Publisher, Social Science Journals
Journals Publishing in the Social Sciences
This talk will explore contemporary journals publishing in a social science context. Practical advice will be given on all aspects of the process from the initial decision on where to publish through to submission preparation, peer review and post-publication promotion. There will also be an opportunity to hear about emerging trends and requirements relating to open access, open data and research transparency. The session will end with an open Q&A discussion.
David Mainwaring is the Executive Publisher for Social Science Journals at Cambridge University Press, with a particular focus on Political Science. He has worked in social science journal publishing since 1999.
Wednesday 18 May 2016, 12.30 – 14.00
Matt Day, Head of Open Access and Data Publishing
What you most need to know about Open Access
Increasingly these days, funders and institutions such as Cambridge University have rules and guidelines on the accessibility of publicly funded research. Open Access is a fairly simple concept that can become complex in practice. Matt will give an overview of what Open Access is and what it means for you as an author or editor of books and journals.
Matthew Day is the Head of Open and Data Publishing at Cambridge University Press. Over the course of 20 years he has worked on books, journals and scientific databases.
Thursday 9 June 2016, 12.30 – 14.00
David Tranah, Editorial Director
How not to get instantly rejected
Developing your academic career and gaining international recognition for your research means publishing in the right places. Getting a paper accepted is also important for your academic career. Getting your paper accepted for publication is a bit like applying for a job. There may be 50 applicants; not all can even be interviewed, and many more than half will get filtered out before that stage. A number of factors are relevant when it comes to getting a paper published: for example, presentation, originality, significance, timeliness. I can’t tell you how what constitutes original and significant research: that is what peer review is for. What I can advise about is filtering of papers. In this talk I hope to explain how to avoid getting rejected before the peer review stage.
David Tranah is an Editorial Director at Cambridge University Press. For most of his working life, some 35 years, David has overseen the publication of books, digital products and journals in mathematical science, which cover a range from pure and applied mathematics, computer science, statistics, mathematical finance, computational biology, network science.
To book your place, contact: Heidi Mulvey, Head of Community Engagement, email@example.com, 01223 326155.