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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 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 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.

I was invited to become a Director for the World Association of Medical Editors in January 2020. 

I had the honor to be appointed President of EASE (the European Association of Science Editors) in 2018. I became a past president in July 2020.

I was a non-executive Director of Practical Action Publishing, the publishing arm of the charity, Practical Action for several years, stepping down in May 2020.


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

Recent presentations

  • Understanding Open Access. Presented at the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists workshop. April 2021.
  • Preprints and Publishing. EAI DIONE 2021- 2nd EAI International Conference on Data and Information in Online Environments, March 2021
  • Peer Review in 2020. Future of Science Communication, Zheijiang University, China, June 2020
  • Improving Research Visibility. Russian Association for Science Editors, International Forum, May 2020.
  • The landscape of scholarly publishing. Presented at the Russian Association of Science Editors and Publishers meeting, Moscow, December 2019.
  • How to improve the quality of submissions. Presented at the annual meeting of the ISMTE, Oxford, September 2019
  • Editors and GDPR. Presented at the EASE conference, Bucharest, 10 June 2018


Recent clients include:

  • Puto Journals
  • Lepra
  • British Medical Acupuncture Society 
  • International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Manchester University Press
  • BMJ
  • Institute of Biomedical Sciences
  • KnowledgeE (Dubai)
  • Crossref
  • Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
  • Zhejiang University Press (China)
  • Eurosurveillance (Sweden)
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