Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum and Intro to Rights Conference Line-Up Announced

Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum and Intro to Rights Conference Line-Up Announced

Intro to Rights: Monday 17 April, Chelsea Old Town Hall

Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum: Thursday 20 April, Olympia Theatre

LONDON, Thursday 19 January 2023. The London Book Fair (LBF) has today announced the return of two popular events to the LBF calendar: the Introduction to Rights Conference (17 April 2023) and the Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum (20 April 2023).

Taking place the day before The London Book Fair, the Introduction to Rights programme will feature leading industry experts discussing key topics in the book industry, from the basics of a rights contract to the fundamentals of copyright and licensing.

Highlights from the programme include: ‘Why sell rights?’ by Copyright and Rights Consultant Lynette Owen; a session on the fundamentals of copyright and licensing by Duncan Calow, Partner at DLA Piper; a step-by-step guide to rights selling with Stephanie Purcell, Group Rights Director at Bloomsbury Publishing; and Rights and Contracts Consultant Diane Spivey discussing a comprehensive contract and rights deal checklist. A special ‘Ask the Experts’ session will close the day, together with a networking reception.

Meanwhile, the Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum will explore themes such as diversity and inclusion in STM publishing, national and international policies for libraries and Web3 technologies, and will be chaired by Rob Johnson, Managing Director of Research Consulting, who also curated the programme. Damian Pattinson, Executive Director of eLife Sciences Publications, will launch the conference, which will take place this year in the Olympia Theatre.

Speakers participating in the Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum include: Michiel Kolman, SVP Research Networks and Academic Ambassador at Elsevier; Dr Torsten Reimer, Dean of the University of Chicago Library; Julien Roche, Director of Libraries and Learning Centre at the University of Lille and President of LIBER; Isabel Thompson, Head of Product at LabDAO; Philipp Koellinger, Professor in Social Science Genetics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and co-founder of DeSci Labs.

Sessions at the conference will tackle key topics within academic publishing, including: how the widespread adoption of preprints is transforming science communication; shining a light on how diverse (and inclusive) are STM publishers and how they can support an inclusive research agenda; how national and international policies are reshaping the world of scholarly communication; new insights on Web3 technologies and their potential to change the way science is performed and shared.

Lynette Owen, Copyright and Rights Consultant, said: “The Intro to Rights Conference will provide delegates with an introduction to the selling rights process: the rationale for licensing, the legal background, the range of rights which can be sold as well as practical advice on promoting, negotiating and contracting for rights deals. The Ask the Experts session will enable delegates to pose questions to the speakers one-to-one.  The end of day reception will provide an opportunity to network with other delegates.”

Diane Spivey, Rights and Contracts Consultant, added: “This conference, and my session in particular, will help you to get the most out of The London Book Fair, giving you essential information about rights selling, from solid advice on copyright and other legal issues, through to practical tips on presenting suitable titles to potential customers, negotiating and finalising deals and clear guidance on rights contracts. Whether you are attending on behalf of an established publishing company or a new start-up, whether you are an author or an agent, this course will give you the perfect background to hit the ground running on the first day of LBF”.

Rob Johnson, Chair of The Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum Conference, said: “As the pace of transformation in scholarly communication continues to accelerate, the 2023 Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum will explore the forces reshaping our industry. Publishers, librarians and start-ups will share strategies for navigating the open access transition, responding to global policy developments, embracing diversity and inclusion, and adopting Web 3 technologies, giving you the insights you need to keep your organisation ahead of the curve.”

Gareth Rapley, Director of the London Book Fair, added: “We know how popular these two conferences are with LBF audiences, and we are delighted to see them return to the calendar for 2023. We look forward to welcoming delegates to both events, which will offer expert insights into academic publishing and rights-selling, two fundamental parts of the publishing ecosystem.”

For more information, visit our Conference page.


  • Title: Introduction to Rights Conference
  • Date: Monday 17 April 2023
  • Time: 12:00 – 17:00
  • Price: £174 (incl. VAT)
  • Programme details.


  • Title: The Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum
  • Date: Thursday 20 April 2023
  • Time: 09:30 – 16:00
  • Price: £261.60 (incl. VAT)
  • Programme details.

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