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About Pippa Smart

I am an independent research communication and publishing consultant, working under the business name psp consulting. I have worked in academic and research publishing for almost 30 years and have a wealth of knowledge about the publishing environment.


I started my career with a degree in publishing and anthropology, and worked for Blackwell Science as a copyeditor for two years. I then moved into production and moved to CABI as a production manager, taking over responsibility for their book and journal programme. In 2000 briefly moved to Cambridge University Press and then back to Blackwell Science as a Publisher with responsibilty for a portfolio of medical journals.


In 2002 I joined INASP, a development organization supporting editors and publishers in the developing world - helping them raise their quality and publish online. I developed the African Journals OnLine programme (AJOL) which provided training to editors and a collaborative online hosting platform, taking it to a point where it was moved to African management (where it continues to thrive and now hosts over 400 journals).


In 2007 I decided to work as an independent consultant and since then have undertaken a wide range of activities for many companies around the world.


In addition to the work described on this website, I am lucky enough to do the following:

I had the honor to be appointed President of EASE (the European Association of Science Editors) in 2018 for a 3-year term. This is an honorary position, but will allow me to help direct the organization towards its aims of raising the profile of editors and the standard of editing.

NOTE: that the organization is neither restricted to "European" editors, nor to "science" editors - we welcome editors from around the world working in STM social science, professional content, or humanities.


I am Editor-in-Chief of Learned Publishing, a quarterly journal for the scholarly publishing community. See the website, and I encourage submissions and enquiries.

I am a non-executive Director of Practical Action Publishing, the publishing arm of the charity, Practical Action. This is an honorary position for which I receive no payment.

I write a monthly newsletter for ALPSP. It contains news and updates for the publishing industry and enables me to keep up to date with new developments, and all other changes that affect the scholarly communciation and publishing environment.


See my ORCiD account: 0000-0002-5528-4704

Recent presentations

Editors and GDPR. Presented at the EASE conference, Bucharest, 10 June 2018.

Journals, editors, authors and trust in a global world. Presented at the SSP meeting, Chicago, 31 May, 2018

Copyright and the ethics of replication in a digital world. Presented at the 20th Conference of the Egyptian Association of Libraries, Information and Archives, Alexandria, 17 July 2017

Peer review is dead - long live peer review: chaired session at the 2016 ALPSP conference, September 2016

The unintended consequences of open access. Presented at the Fourth CODESRIA Conference on Electronic Publishing (Senegal), 30 March 2016

Bibliometrics – alternatives and options. Presented at the Asian Council of Science Editors (ACSE) conference, Dubai, August 2015

The World of Publishing. Presented at the EMMJ6 meeting (held by the Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors, Shiraz, Iran), February 2015.

Editors and Professional Development – reporting on a Survey. Presented at the EASE conference, Split, Croatia, June 2014.

International cooperation and networks for developing copyright capacity. Presented at the WIPO Inter-Regional Workshop for Local Experts on Capacity Building in Copyright (Korea) 2013.


Recent clients include:

  • British Medical Acupuncture Society 
  • International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Korean Council of Science Editors
  • Manchester University Press
  • BMJ
  • Institute of Biomedical Sciences
  • KnowledgeE
  • Crossref
  • Policy Press
  • VGTU (Lithuania)
  • Zhejiang University Press (China)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Eurosurveillance (Sweden)
  • International AIDS Society
  • International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)


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