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Publications strategy

Development of the British Pharmacological Society’s publications strategy 

In October 2013, representatives of the Society's Council, Publications Committee, Vice Presidents, Editors, Authors, Young Pharmacologists and senior BPS staff met to discuss and draft a series of publishing priorities for the future.

The proposals were reviewed and approved by Council on 16 December 2013, and three key priorities were agreed. These priorities, listed below, will form the core of the Society’s publications strategy over the four years from 2014 to 2018. This strategy will determine the basis for the work of the Publications Committee and constituent journal-specific committees during this period.

Key Principles

There are three key principles which act as the basis on which the Society’s Publications Strategy will be delivered:

  1. Strategic and operational goals for the Society’s publishing activities should be integrated – drawing together broader Society activities and issues where possible.
  2. Open access policies are developing rapidly, and differently, around the world. This has the capacity to significantly impact upon the Society’s publishing and business model. Action in this area must therefore be far-reaching and proactive.
  3. And, technological advances in publishing present new opportunities to create innovative and effective scientific resources for both readers and members.

The Society’s Publications Committee is committed to delivering this strategy and looks forward to working with officers, members, editors, editorial boards and staff to ensure future BPS publications remain fit for purpose.

Key Priorities

As an outcome of the 2013 Publications Strategy Retreat, the Society’s Publications Committee recommended a series of activities to Council. Council has agreed the following activities in response to the Key Principles outlined above:

  • Protecting, enhancing and realising the commercial potential of the Society’s publishing activities.
  • Supporting and further developing our existing journal portfolio.
  • And, working with the Society’s committees and departments to ensure all activities related to publishing are integrated.

Our strategy to achieve our priorities can be read in full here.