Advanced course in journal publishing – Japan 2019

STM is proud to announce a two-day advanced course in journal publishing for scholarly publishing houses focusing on Japan.


The programme will offer delegates an up-to-date insight into the current, worldwide developments within journal publishing. In addition, it will focus on the specific needs of senior sales and marketing managers to influence stakeholders within the publishing ecosystem in Japan.

Who should attend?

Senior Publishing Managers, Sales and Marketing Managers and Director level leaders in scholarly publishing houses based in Japan. Aimed at not only ‘editorial’ and ‘publishing’ roles but equally at sales, marketing and general management.

Scope of the course

Enhanced bibliometrics; a hands-on look at how (not only citation) data can help you develop your portfolio.

Changing business models; how Open Access is changing publishing models.

Developments in publishing; Topics include; are we seeing a change in peer-review. What does ‘Project Deal’ mean for the “big deal” model in Japan and worldwide?

Start-ups to watch: Over the last years we have seen a plethora of new start-ups within the publishing industry; think of Peerwith, Publons, Peerage of Science, Elsevier’s Pure, to name a few. The course will give an overview of these initiatives and show what they can mean for publishing, and how they might be affected by mergers and acquisitions within the publishing industry.

Beyond Sales; advocacy in government, academia and corporations to reach common agendas:
An important factor for success in Japan is how well companies can influence key decision makers in government, academia and corporations. The process is far less direct and takes more time than in other parts of the world. Local experts will discuss how these processes can be conducted in a Japanese setting.

What are the relevant ministries in Japan and the role of officials and what are best practice in interactions with them. We look at how government departments in Japan are structured, the various roles that individuals play in those departments, and provide hints on working more closely with senior government officials and influencers within government departments, NGOs and other organizations.

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 25th April 2019 at the hotel even if you work and live in Japan. 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 


Thursday 25th April


Welcome to Japan and Introduction to the Course
Bas Straub, Managing Director, Konvertus

Antoine Bocquet, Director, Asia-Pacific, Nature Publishing Group


OA across Asia

Lyndsey Dixon, Editorial Director, Asia Pacific Journals at Taylor & Francis

Lyndsey Dixon shares here OA experiences from the many different Asian countries she is working in.


Small Presses & OA

Max Haring, Library of University of Amsterdam

Max Haring explains how Amsterdam University Press (12 journals and 80 books per year) can make money publishing Dutch OA


Refreshment break


Establishing an OA Cooperation

Chai Zhao, Vice General Manager, KeAi Publishing

Elsevier and China Science Publishing & Media teamed up to create a Chinese OA publisher, KeAI.  What lessons can be learned from this cooperation?




Opening lecture

Michael Mabe, CEO, STM Association


Bibliometrics - from the indexers perspective.


Clarivate’s Web of Science, Elsevier’s Scopus and Digital Science’s Dimensions all offer analytical tools as an add on to their indexing service. What is the difference between these tools?


Refreshment break


Beyond Publishing - Advocacy in government and academia to reach common agendas

Yuko Harayama, formerly Executive Member, Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan

Yuko Harayama has held many leading positions in the Japanese government and has been influential in the formulation of Japan’s policies related to Open Science.
In a 2-part lecture Dr. Harayama provides her insights on how Japanese government agencies operate and how publishers can best engage with them.


End of day - Dinner at 19:00


Friday 26th April

09 00

Sustainability in the Future

Max Haring, Library of University of Amsterdam

What strategic steps are publishers taking to remain sustainable – Do the acquisitions of Semantico (HighWire) – Pure (Elsevier) make sense?


Update on Project Deal/Project S

Bas Straub, Managing Director, Konvertus

Will the Wiley-Blackwell deal with the Project DEAL in Germany become the template for all deals. How will Project S affect the future.


Refreshment break


Our new agile, open publishing ecosystem:
How today's STM editorial and production toolchain is built for collaboration, interoperability, and adaptability

Bill Kasdorf, Principal of Kasdorf & Associates

We are at a watershed moment in the evolution of publishing technology, moving from the closed and proprietary systems of the past to tools and technologies that prioritize standards and interoperability. Systems and software are being made to be used collaboratively--and they are being developed collaboratively as well. Increasingly, organizations are teaming up with peers, partners, and even competitors to develop solutions that work for everybody rather than competing for dominance and creating dead ends. The new ecosystem is characterized by openness, transparency, and modularity. Tools and technologies, whether proprietary or open source, are built on global standards and designed to adapt. In this session, Bill Kasdorf will describe the wealth of new developments--from AI and accessibility to web-based editorial and production platforms and the standards that undergird them--that are being used today to provide STM publishers with the ability to align with the needs of researchers and practitioners as they evolve. No longer trapped in expensive, monolithic systems, they are able to be agile, innovative, and more efficient and effective than ever before.




Changes to the Peer Review process

Lyndsey Dixon, Editorial Director, Asia Pacific Journals at Taylor & Francis


Startups to watch

Max Haring, Library of University of Amsterdam

The second decade in the 21st century saw a substantial number of STM StartUps see the light. An overview of these initiatives and show what they can mean for publishing, and how they might be affected by mergers and acquisitions within the publishing industry


Refreshment break


STM TechTrends

Bas Straub, Managing Director, Konvertus

What are the trends on the technical side of STM? An overview on Open Science – Social Media – Easy Access – Sharing Platforms – Metrics – GDPR – Trust in Publishing – Research Data – Blockchain to name a few.


End of course


The course will be held on Thursday, April 25th and Friday, April 26th 2019. Delegates are invited to arrive on the evening of Wednesday, April 24th for a get together over drinks.


The Yumoto Fujiya Hotel in Hakone, is holding a block of rooms at a rate of 17,430 yen per person per night (24th & 25th April 2019) including breakfast, service charge and tax.

Jo Dinnage will make your hotel arrangements for you to pay on checkout.


For more information about organisational matters please contact Jo Dinnage 

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.