Equal opportunities for women a key point of debate at London Book Fair "Careers in Academic Publishing" panel session

Image: Juliet HarrisonJuliet Harrison, Head of Specialist Journals Publishing at Emerald Publishing, was part of an impressive set of panellists leading a discussion on “Careers in Academic Publishing: Developing and Enhancing Skills and Experience” at London Book Fair (LBF) 2017.

The purpose of the panel was to provide insights into how to pursue a career in academic publishing. The audience was a broad mix of those already working within the industry, students interested in applying for roles within academic publishing and people working in overlapping industries.

Discussions covered a broad range of topics, including career paths in the industry that are perhaps less well-known than the traditional Publisher/Editor route; what the desirable skills for working in the industry are likely to be in the next 10 years; and the role of publisher as a technology provider, enabling researchers to be their own publisher and how this may impact the industry in the long term.

Juliet was joined on the panel by highly respected figure from the publishing industry: Rachel Moriarty - Editor at Springer and incoming ECPC Chair; Francesa Lake - Head of Open Access Publishing at Future Science; and Rachel Cox - Team Lead, Higher Education, Content Management & Academic Publishing, Cambridge University Press.

It was fantastic to see an all-female panel share their thoughts on and highlight the opportunities for women within STM – something Emerald Publishing is a staunch supporter of, as evidenced by elements of its STRIDE initiative, which seeks to encourage diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.

A summary of the session can also be found on the LBF website.