Iterate to Innovate Your Publishing Processes: White Paper

How scholarly publishers can use Agile methodologies to respond to change more effectively

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About the White Paper

At this time of unprecedented flux in the research landscape, building flexibility into scholarly journal publishing processes and planning has never been more critical or more of an opportunity. This white paper explores how implementing Agile project management methodologies can help journal publishers respond to change factors more effectively — from the COVID-19 pandemic to new OA initiatives — and find ways to make research more accessible and sustainable in the process.

The paper covers:

  • Why scholarly publishers need to become more responsive to change in the more rapidly evolving research landscape
  • The genesis of the Agile methodology in software development and its applications in other industries
  • Examples of publishers using Agile principles to pilot new initiatives more efficiently and key takeaways

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"Publishers and publishing stakeholders can leverage Agile methodologies to pilot new projects more quickly and iteratively reach broader organizational goals."

We gratefully acknowledge the following white paper contributors:

  • Beth Craanen: Assistant Director of Editorial Services, American Chemical Society
  • Erich van Rijn: Director of Journals and Open Access, UC Press
  • Gaynor Redvers-Mutton: Head of Business Dev & Sales, Microbiology Society
  • Hannah Drury: Product Manager, eLife
  • Judy Luther: Founder and President, Informed Strategies
  • Nick Lindsay: Director of Journals and Open Access, MIT Press
  • Paul Shannon: Head of Technology, eLife

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