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LUP extends support for author sharing by adopting Kudos S-PDF

Kudos, the award-winning platform for managing research dissemination, has announced 7 more publisher partners have signed up to switch on the Shareable PDF (S-PDF) feature and enable their authors to use Kudos for managing and evaluating PDF-based sharing.

S-PDF makes it easy for researchers to create and share plain language summaries of their work, encapsulated in PDFs that can be uploaded to PDF-based sharing services.

The service has been widely adopted by authors as well as publishers, with over 5,000 authors having shared S-PDFs since launch. They benefit from S-PDF’s ability to ‘report back’ on the readership of work in otherwise closed websites, enabling the discovery value of these sites to be compared on a like-for-like basis with other online and offline sharing efforts, via Kudos’ unique dissemination management service.

S-PDFs link readers through to full text on publisher websites, and dovetail neatly with other initiatives designed to help researchers improve copyright-compliant visibility for their work on scholarly collaboration networks and via other PDF-based sharing platforms and media.

As well as Liverpool University Press, the most recent publishers to sign up are:

Annals of Saudi Medicine
ASTM International
BMJ
Edinburgh University Press
Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group (JNSPG)

Read the full press release here.

Find out more about how Kudos can help increase the impact of your research here.

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2018 Annual E. Allison Peers Symposium ‘In Conversation with Pep Guardiola’ and launch of Bulletin of Contemporary Hispanic Studies

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool is delighted to invite students, members of staff and the general public to the 2018 Annual E. Allison Peers Symposium ‘In Conversation with Pep Guardiola’, which will take place on Wednesday 21st November. 

This year’s symposium will consider new movements and the latest cutting-edge research within the discipline of Iberian and Latin American Studies, with a special emphasis on sports, politics and culture. Our renowned Peers Annual Lecture will be delivered by Pep Guardiola, professional football manager and former football player, in conversation with staff from the Department.

The conversation will be followed by live questions posed by the audience, and will establish a fruitful dialogue with the ‘Football, Politics and Culture’ panel. In this panel, three leading scholars (Dr Par Kumaraswami –University of Reading–; Professor Matthew Brown –University of Bristol–; and Dr Louise Johnson –University of Sheffield–) will present their research on the topic within the Hispanic world.

The 2018 Symposium will also host the launch of the brand-new Bulletin of Contemporary Hispanic Studies (Liverpool University Press).

The E Allison Peers Symposium is an annual symposium hosted by Iberian and Latin American Studies at the University of Liverpool, UK since 2009. It is named for Edgar Allison Peers (1891-1952), Gilmour Chair of Spanish at Liverpool for thirty years from 1922, founder of the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) and the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, and a pioneer of Spanish and Catalan Studies.

Professor Peers left a substantial bequest for the support of Hispanic Studies at Liverpool, which he stipulated was to be spent to promote the teaching of Spanish, and we are very grateful to him for enabling the University of Liverpool to hold these exciting annual events.

Liverpool now teaches and researches all five of the principal Iberian languages – Basque, Castilian, Catalan, Galician, and Portuguese – and the Symposium provides an outstanding opportunity to bring some of the best thinkers and practitioners across all of these fields to Liverpool to share and discuss ideas, research and practice.

The Annual E. Allison Peers Symposium will take place on 21st November 2018, 4-8 pm, in the Sherrington Building.

The event is completely free, but registration is essential.

Registration will open on Monday 24 September 2018 at 9 am. 

Register here >

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Liverpool University Press partners with The Conversation

In the first agreement of its kind, Liverpool University Press has become the inaugural university press partner of The Conversation UK (http://theconversation.com/uk), an independent source of news and views sourced from university academics and researchers and delivered direct to the public.

Since its UK launch in 2013, The Conversation has brought the expertise of university academics and new research to a broad audience. The Conversation aims to improve the quality of public debate by ensuring the views of experts are heard. The partnership means LUP can help its authors boost the impact of their work through The Conversation’s explanatory journalism on a platform “free of commercial or political bias” which reached a readership of 110 million in 2017-18. LUP’s partnership provides access to The Conversation’s editorial team and opportunities for its authors to provide their expertise to The Conversation’s readers worldwide.

Anthony Cond, Managing Director of Liverpool University Press, explained: ‘Working with The Conversation UK will present our book and journal authors with the opportunity to amplify their research, raising awareness of their publications with LUP but also making the most of the opportunity to spread their ideas and put them on a pathway to impact. They will also benefit from The Conversation’s robust analytics to track engagement with their articles.’

Chris Waiting, Chief Executive of the Conversation UK, added: ‘To date our partners have been universities: collaboration with university presses, widely recognised for their commitment to publishing high quality scholarship, fits well with our aim of bringing academic expertise to a broader audience. We are delighted to work with Liverpool University Press, an imprint that exemplifies modern university press values and the access to quality information that The Conversation delivers.’

Commissioning Editor Chloe Johnson will co-ordinate the submission of news articles from LUP authors to The Conversation.

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Expanding LUP: new staff, new Ireland office

As part of ongoing expansion, Liverpool University Press has made a number of new appointments:

Clare Litt, Group Publishing Director for the Casemate Group, has been appointed Senior Commissioning Editor for Classics and Medieval Studies.  Litt, an Oxford Classics graduate, was formerly Editor-in-Chief of Oxbow Books.

Christabel Scaife, head of the Dublin office of the Peter Lang Publishing Group, has been appointed Senior Commissioning Editor for Literary Studies and Irish Studies and will run a new Ireland office for LUP.  Scaife was formerly a Commissioning Editor for Palgrave Macmillan.

Anne Nolan, a director of Ashgate Publishing for more than a decade before its sale to Taylor & Francis, joins LUP to provide Head of Sales maternity cover from October.

Meanwhile, Catherine Pugh and Lydia Osborne join from Oxford University Press and the education sector respectively as part of the books marketing team, with Moira Reid moving to a dedicated journals marketing role.

Anthony Cond, Managing Director of LUP, commented: ‘Liverpool University Press has been consistently blessed with an outstanding, dedicated team that fundamentally understands the traditional quality expectations of university press publishing but embraces new ways of working and the affordances of digital.  This latest investment in staffing underscores LUP’s commitment to serving our authors and readers as their needs evolve.’

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Liverpool University Press to use Manifold Platform to publish scholarly work

Manifold

Liverpool University Press is one of ten presses, and the only press based in Europe, selected for funded training and installation of the Manifold platform for the publication of networked and enhanced ebooks.

Developed by the University of Minnesota Pressthe GC Digital Scholarship Lab at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and digital development agency Cast Iron Coding, Manifold is an intuitive, collaborative, open-source platform for scholarly publishing.

The installation and training for selected publishers is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Doug Armato, University of Minnesota Press Director, says, “We are excited to have this opportunity to help other university presses, library publishing groups, and university centers install and get started in using the Manifold platform as part of their work to publish scholarship on the web. Working with these groups will allow the Manifold team to better understand the goals and needs of publishers who install the platform, and incorporate that feedback into our planning for Manifold’s future development.”

Anthony Cond, Managing Director of Liverpool University Press, added: “Manifold will enable LUP to provide additional options to authors who want to try something different. It also gives us the opportunity to build on recent digital successes such as the Using Primary Sources project funded by JISC.”

To learn more about Manifold go to https://manifoldapp.org/.