NERC Evaluation
21 January 2021

NERC Evaluation

PLS assisted the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) with an evaluation of the excellence and impact of six research centres. Read more

Online Rights & Licensing Forum
1 January 0001

Online Rights & Licensing Forum

Our recent Rights & Licensing forum took a look at how the publishing sector is coping during the Covid-19 pandemic. One of the ways publishers can maximise their revenues included a presentation with research suggesting opportunities to generate revenues from permissions are being missed. The forum concluded with an overview on the publishing sector with the CEOs and leaders of our trade association members. Click here to see a recording of the event. 

Byte online event - What right do I have to the words of others?
1 January 0001

Byte online event - What right do I have to the words of others?

How do we navigate the tricky world of copyright when using others work in our books and articles? This online event will feature panellists representing publishing, agents and editorial takes on premissions and rights management. The event takes place 22nd September at 3 to 4pm. You can book your free place here.  

12 May 2020

PLS and ALPSP recently ran a webinar focussing on the best way forward to tackle industry-wide rights issues. Rights are an integral part of publishing but what happens when there are industry-wide problems that seem too big to fix? From addressing poor rights management to slashing six-month turnaround times for permissions requests, learn how we are leveraging our position as a collective management organisation to start solving issues that plague publishing houses across the industry.

The webinar was chaired by PLS’s Amy Ellis - Rights and Licensing Manager and co-presented by:

  • Amy Joyner - Head of Rights and Licensing at Kogan Page
  • Ben Kennedy - Permissions Team Lead for the Academic division at Oxford University Press, and
  • Diane Spivey - Group Contracts Director, Hachette UK

 

The webinar will last for approximately one hour (45 minutes plus questions). Please click here for webinar recording. 

12 May 2020

PLS were recently silver sponsors at IPG’s Virtual Conference 2020. The online conference was a great way to virtually connect with other attendees, publishers and exhibitors in the publishing sector.

At the conference PLS’s Head of Legal and Policy, Marjon Esfandiary gave a breakout talk on ‘Practical tips on good Rights Management’ which you can see by clicking here.

While Rights and Licensing Manager, Amy Ellis, was part of a podcast series in which she discussed ways that publishers can maximise revenues through collective licensing, permissions and rights management. You can listen to it here.

29 April 2020

The last 2018 REDUX conference offered lively discussion on Open Access, monographs and the Research Excellence Framework – all topics that people in the publishing sector are deeply passionate about.

In light of the current lockdown situation, ALPSP and Cambridge University Press recently hosted a webinar event to revisit these topics and take stock of what progress has been made since 2018. The panel also discussed issues around key themes including timelines, routes to OA, licenses, exceptions and international traction.     

You can watch the Redux Online webinar, moderated by Publisher’s Licensing Services CEO Sarah Faulder, and with principal participants Helen Snaith of Research England (part of UKRI), and Richard Fisher of Yale UP here. 

Guardian Editor Katharine Viner stresses importance of hope in PLS-sponsored BookBrunch breakfast
28 November 2019

Guardian Editor Katharine Viner stresses importance of hope in PLS-sponsored BookBrunch breakfast

“Authentic hope” was a key phrase in Guardian Editor Katharine Viner’s presentation to a lively BookBrunch breakfast briefing on 28 November.

She was introduced by PLS Chief Executive Sarah Faulder who welcomed senior figures in the publishing industry to our Shackleton House office. Her talk was the third BookBrunch Breakfast Briefing that PLS has sponsored, following Kwame Kwei-Armah and John Kampfner.

 

 

Katharine Viner (on left) with PLS Chief Executive Sarah Faulder

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Free ‘Access to Research’ online search service in public libraries is re-launched
7 May 2019

Free ‘Access to Research’ online search service in public libraries is re-launched

‘Llama antibodies’, ‘Chronic fatigue syndrome’ and ‘Electromagnetic radiation’ amongst terms most frequently searched in libraries

Public library users search for an eclectic range of topics when using the Access to Research free online search. The service enables any user in a participating public library to search directly for and print out a copy of any of the more than 15 million journal articles that publishers make available through their participation. The free service is only available in public libraries. 85% of public libraries in the UK currently offer access to the service.

Analysis of the top 20 search terms by month nationwide for 2018 has thrown up an idiosyncratic list of interests, in addition to the perennial concerns of health, history and science. Medical ailments are well represented (‘Caesarean nerve damage’ and ‘Effect tuition fees have on students’ mental health’) but there is also room for the somewhat specialized (‘Llama antibodies’ and ‘Ragwort’).

 Local Authorities who have not yet joined the schme should click here 

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PLS to facilitate free electronic access to publications for REF 2021
30 April 2019

PLS to facilitate free electronic access to publications for REF 2021

PLS is working in partnership with the UK’s four higher education funding bodies and publishers in order to facilitate secure electronic access to journal articles and other research outputs for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

The agreement will reduce the burden for researchers submitting outputs for assessment and provide assurance that outputs are handled in accordance with copyright.

It will also increase efficiency for the REF assessment panels and save public money that would otherwise have been spent on fees.

PLS will facilitate electronic access to up to 200,000 journal articles and other research outputs for assessment by more than 800 panellists across 34 units of assessment in the course of the REF 2021.

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PLS appoints Rosie Glazebrook as new Chair
20 February 2019

PLS appoints Rosie Glazebrook as new Chair

The PLS Board has appointed Rosie Glazebrook as its new Chair with effect from 1 April 2019. She takes over from Mark Bide who retires at the end of May having completed six years in office. Like Mark, she will also become the co-Chair of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).

Rosie Glazebrook, who will be PLS’ first female Chair, is a Commissioner, Civil Service Commission, a Council Member of the General Optical Council and Chair of a Research Ethics Committee for NHS Health Research Authority. Before building her extensive non-executive career in the private, public and voluntary sectors, Rosie worked in the publishing world and is now a Trustee and Chair of the Development Board of Book Aid International.

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