Advanced course in journal publishing – Asia 2020

Please note:
As the situation with the Wuhan coronavirus continues to develop rapidly, we’ve taken the decision to postpone our STM Advanced Course in Journal Publishing – Asia from March to June.

New dates now confirmed

Who should attend?

The course is designed for individuals with a few years of experience within scholarly publishing and, is primarily focused on journals. To gain the most benefit from the course, participants will need to have at least 1-3  years’ publishing experience as junior or middle managers but others with more experience will also find this course to be a useful refresher and an inspiration for their future career. Their experience may be in editorial, sales, marketing or content management roles, but the course is also valuable for people working in other roles such as finance, web publishing and technology, or customer service.

Scope of the course

Experienced practitioners provide intensive training across all of the publishing operations and roles in STM, social science and humanities. 

The course consists of three distinct elements:

  1. Independent one-hour lectures on topics important to the publishing of scientific journals.
  2. Success in the role of a scientific publisher depends, for a substantial part, on who you are and how you apply your personality when interacting with others. Therefore, the course will spend time on this, using models and tools like Berlitz’ Cultural Navigator and look into the learning's of the Meyer Briggs Type Indicators (MBTI).
  3. As in previous years of this successful training event the course uses the case study method -- involving the students in competitive business problem solving. The case study also enables the students to share their existing experience and insight, incorporating newly learned skills and thinking. The intense preparatory team-work, resulting in a society-pitch has become a ‘rite of passage’ for participants.  

Organisation of the course

An outline of the topics covered and the speakers invited is provided below. The presentations have been devised to encourage interaction and the programme is more flexible that it looks in order to allow for more detailed discussions of what emerge as key areas of interest and concern. It is anticipated that all “spare” time will generally be devoted to the case study. It will therefore be necessary to stay the nights of 21st, 22nd, and 23rd June 2020 at the hotel even if you work and live in Singapore. All participants should strongly consider bringing their laptops. All participants will take part in their teams oral and written presentations but it will be understood that for some of those attending English is not the first language.

For more information about organisational matters please contact Jo Dinnage 


The fee includes accommodation at The Village Hotel Changi for three nights. All meals and all tutorial costs are also included.

Course Director
Bas Straub,
Newgen Knowledge Works

Course Tutor
Lyndsey Dixon, Global Journals Director, VP Partnerships Asia Pacific, De Gruyter

Provisional Programme
(Subject to change) 

Sunday 21st June

10 00



Welcome from STM Association, Chief Executive Officer, Ian Moss

Welcome to Singapore and Introduction to the Course
Bas Straub, Newgen Knowledge Works
Lyndsey Dixon, De Gruyter




The history and future of academic journal publishing
Bas Straub


Acquisitions - How, what, why (and within that why do society publishing?)
Lyndsey Dixon


Refreshment Break


Publishing Models – how to make money in journals
Bas Straub


Managing Journal Finances
Bas Straub


Introduction to the Cultural Navigator & 16 personalities
Bas Straub


Introduction to the Case Study
Bas Straub and Lyndsey Dixon




 Monday 22nd June

08 30

Questions and Answers about the Case Study
Bas Straub and Lyndsey Dixon


Our Center of the World – What are the current developments in academic journals publishing in Asia
Lyndsey Dixon


Refreshment Break


Journal Development
Lyndsey Dixon


Production & Platforms
Bas Straub


Working with different countries – Cultural Navigator tool
Bas Straub


Bas Straub


Lunch followed by work on the case study


Dinner At the home of Professor and Mrs. K. K. Phua, World Scientific

Sponsored by World Scientific Publishing Company


Tuesday 23rd June

08 30

Questions and Answers about the Case Study
Bas Straub and Lyndsey Dixon


The Legal Frame of Publishing
Bas Straub


Marketing & Commercial Sales
Bas Straub and Lyndsey Dixon


Research Ethics
Lyndsey Dixon


Research Ethics break-outs


How to make money in the times of Open Access – a close look at APC’s and BPC’s

Anke Beck, CEO Intech Publishers


Lunch – followed by Work on Case Study


The role of ngo’s in academic publishing


MBTI / 16 Personalities
Bas Straub


Questions and Answers about the Case Study
Bas Straub and Lyndsey Dixon


Negotiating and social interactions in academic publishing
Bas Straub and Lyndsey Dixon


More work on case study


Dinner followed by putting together of written proposal and power point presentation


Wednesday 24th June

08 30

Presentation of Case Study Proposals          




Discussion and analysis of the case study
Bas Straub, Lyndsey Dixon


Presentation of Certificates


Refreshments and Farewell

Events Terms and Conditions

Where an event has registration fees, cancellations made in writing up to 30 days before an event are eligible for a 50% refund. No refunds can be made for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the event date, however, substitutions may be made free of charge at any time.

Registration fees do not include insurance. Participants are advised to take out adequate personal insurance to cover travel, accommodation, cancellation and personal effects.