Editorial Courses
Our training courses and workshops offer expert support for journal editors, editorial office teams and publishing professionals, providing skill enhancement, workflow optimisation and greater insights into modern journal publishing.

Our course structure is guided by group size, catering to individual one-on-one sessions with managing editors to larger group work. All our courses incorporate example demonstrations, relevant case studies, practical work, discussion and information handouts to complement the training, and can include customised training and bespoke workflow assessment services.

A brief summary of each of our courses is provided on this page. A pdf of our course list can be downloaded here.

Please contact us for agendas of individual courses, or to discuss your requirements.

  • Optimise editorial office efficiency

We have designed this session to give you ideas and advice on modern and effective methods of managing editorial and peer review processes.

This session will not only troubleshoot existing issues, but leave your editorial office with the tools to continue developing your titles, enabling you to offer a more competitive, quality service to your authors, editors and reviewers.

  • Gain expert insights into the publishing processes of small and large publishers

  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in your journal operations, and understand how to address weaknesses

  • Identify areas to increase the efficiency of management operations

  • Improve communications between the editorial office and authors, reviewers and editors.

  • Advanced Excel for editorial offices

This course will help you to work effectively with multiple sheets in workbooks, use more complex functions effectively, combine list/database features with dynamic dashboard design and visual elements to make your working practices more efficient, gain new insights into the data you are working with, and help you produce effective reports.


During the course we will work on example data and problems to demonstrate the techniques, building up a spreadsheet of useful components to refer to and construct your own spreadsheets and dashboard reports.

  • Develop practical skills to make your day-to-day tasks more efficient, and your spreadsheets easier to use, and look more presentable

  • Learn new, advanced techniques for summarising data, and creating interactive tables and charts

  • Acquire a wealth of little tips, shortcuts and best practice to enhance day-to-day activities.

  • Essentials of social media for journals

This interactive session will give your Editorial Office and journal editors an overview of the ways in which you can promote your titles through social media platforms, with the aim of engaging readers, authors, institutions, funders, peers and wider society with the research.

The course discusses the role social media plays in science communication through practical exercises and group discussion.


  • Understand how to set goals and targets, and acquire impact reports to benchmark and track performance

  • Integrate your journal social media activity into a wider organisational strategy or context

  • Understand how to choose the most relevant social media platforms for your audience

  • Understand how social media can be used within the context of research communication

  • Effectively engage with subject communities and increase impact and presence of journal contents.

  • Editorial board development

This course is designed to help journals and publishers get the most from their Editorial Boards, establish healthy, constructive and productive relationships, and make provisions for long-term succession planning.

  • Ensure your journals have the most appropriate experts on the board

  • Ensure your boards work ethically, to current publishing standards

  • Understand how your board members can support and inform your objectives

  • Help your journals flourish once changes have been made.


  • Effective market analysis for strategic journal development

In this course, we give some hands-on, practical techniques for analysing the field of your journal, identifying developing trends in subject areas and author activity, as well as competitor journals or publishers; assess their strengths and weaknesses in activity and contrast them with your own journal to build development plans.



  • Understand developing trends and the current state of publishing activity in your subject area/s

  • Create development plans for your titles to capitalise on emerging trends

  • Ensure your journal/s remain current by understanding how to use bibliometric data to enhance and develop the Editorial strength of your operations

  • Gain valuable insights into competitor or comparison titles and publishing activity

  • Acquire tools and techniques to conduct your own analysis in future.

  • Effective copyflow management, content & special issue commissioning

In this course, we provide detailed guidance on commissioning journal content, suitable for all levels of journals, whether you are looking to better establish the strengths of a title or get a new journal up and running.

We will provide ideas and processes to help you identify the needs of your journal, opportunities for commissioning; which types of articles to consider, and who to approach.


  • Best practice guidance on developing calls for papers

  • Effective plans to manage special issues

  • Monitor, maintain, forecast, interpret and react to the specific copyflow needs of your journals

  • Enhance processes for peer review, production and promotion.

  • Essential ethics for journal publishers

This course provides vital information of key and current issues in research and publication ethics, essential for understanding best practice and ethical conduct in journal publishing. 


  • Understand how to manage journals to high ethical standards

  • Develop appropriate guidelines for your community

  • Offer the best services to your journal community and keep up to date with industry developments.

  • Guidance and best practice advice on detecting and dealing effectively with possible misconduct

  • Improve chances of acceptance to major journal indexing databases

  • Peer review administration training

This in-depth session can provide training to cover essential to advanced elements of peer review management, as well as customised trouble-shooting and workflow development solutions.

The course will enhance communication skills, technical knowledge, and enable staff to balance achieving editorial goals and standards. Our trainers have extensive configuration and daily-use experience of platforms such as ScholarOne, Editorial Manager, Open Journal Systems, and bespoke in-house systems, as well as the experience of working to different editorial requirements.

  • Participants will be fully equipped to manage their own journal submission systems

  • Acquire the knowledge to optimise peer review processes to meet the needs of your journal and community

  • Gain new skills to independently troubleshoot issues as they arise.

  • Journal development workshop

This intensive course is designed to give editorial office teams in-depth practical advice, methods and tools to inform the development of one of more titles. This course will provide strategies for journal development to better achieve your goals, establish new sets of goals, address issues and concerns with current practices,  and enhance the current standing and performance of journals.

  • Learn how to use empirical information to optimise your workflows, benchmark performance and set goals

  • Learn how to develop appropriate, evidence-based action plans

  • Understand how to assess competitor or comparison journal activity to inform your own goals

  • Discover new tools to create a development strategy, produce empirically informed development plans, schedule implementations, and make interpretations as to how these changes may affect the journal.

  • Understand how to use journal data to explore new business models, or plan for future scenarios such as PlanS and other potentially disruptive events.

  • Journal editor workshop

This fully interactive workshop offers Editors of scholarly journals expert development ideas and best practice guidance to address key issues of journal editing.  In this course we will discuss methods for evaluating journals, providing ideas on how Editors can introduce changes, working with publisher resources, and utilising their own networks to increase the success of their titles.

  • Learn key questions, indicators and tools to use to continually assess your journal

  • Identify key strengths and weaknesses with their titles

  • Determine the role each of our journals plays in the field.

  • Adapt to provide professional communities with an effective journal to publish their research.


  • Effective marketing & promotion to increase impact & presence

This workshop gives your editorial office and journal editors deeper insights into marketing strategies for your journals, with a wider range of tools and techniques provided to promote your journals.

This course will help attendees learn how to combine social media strategies with traditional marketing activities to create effective, wide-ranging promotional campaigns. The course will inspire new ways of thinking about designing and circulating promotional materials and creating a visible and engaging presence for your journal.


  • Understand how to set goals and targets, and acquire impact reports to benchmark and track performance

  • Identify and combine off- and online marketing opportunities

  • Integrate your journal social media activity into a wider organisational strategy or context

  • Learn methods to effectively engage with subject communities

  • Understand how to increase impact and presence of journal contents.