LUP Journals Publishing Executive appointed as Early Career Editor for Learned Publishing

Megan Ainsworth, Journals Publishing Executive at Liverpool University Press, has been appointed to the role of Early Career Editor for the journal Learned Publishing. 

Learned Publishing is the leading journal for scholarly publishing, published by Wiley on behalf of ALPSP (Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers), an international membership trade body that represents not-for-profit organizations that publish scholarly and professional content. The journal publishes peer reviewed research, reviews, industry updates and opinions on all aspects of scholarly communication and publishing.

As EC-Editor, Megan will work closely with the Editor-in-Chief, Pippa Smart, and The North American Editor, Lettie Conrad. It is envisaged that the EC-Editor will support the Editorial Team to improve the operation, outreach, quality and impact of the journal. Anthony Cond, Managing Director of LUP, and Associate Editor of Learned Publishing, will act as a mentor for the new EC-Editor. 

Pippa Smart, Editor-in-Chief, said ‘I am really excited to be working with Megan and looking forward to discussing new ideas and getting a fresh perspectives on what we can do with the journal’. 

Megan expressed her delight at the appointment, ‘I am so pleased to take on the role of Early Career Editor for Learned Publishing. As the Journals Publishing Executive at LUP, I have benefited from working with some of the best talent in scholarly publishing at the beginning of my career. I am now excited to be working with the esteemed editorial team at LP and to be able to affect what we publish’. 

Anthony Cond added ‘scholarly publishers have always provided early career researchers with an opportunity to showcase their abilities but the industry has been surprisingly less proactive in extending the same forum to early career publishers, as most publishing journal editorial boards and conference panels attest.  Learned Publishing is taking the initiative to engage with those who will shape the future of publishing: Megan will bring new insights and connections to the journal as part of her appointment’.

Read the ALPSP press release here.