Considering Disability representatives attended the Society of Young Publishers conference in Oxford, GB over the weekend. Publishing Co-ordinator Stephen Haskins and Managing Director Hannah-Rebecca attended as part of professional development and an overall review into the place of Considering Disability in the academic world and the publishing world.
Volunteers and authors will begin to see the fruits of the conference attendance very soon, as new measures introduced will be clarifying our open access publishing programme (making it clearer when we use a green or gold model), allowing authors more choice over their publishing licences, technological developments in our internal processes and more work into a membership model for our volunteers, including a benefits package that reflects the work people put into our goal of tackling disability discrimination through disability studies.
Speaking on the conference, Hannah-Rebecca said: “Quite often, we risk viewing ourselves as an isolated entity because our model and aims are ambitious and separate from traditional models. It was really beneficial to position ourselves alongside trade publications so we can utilise our USPs and really promote Considering Disability research. It’s delicate balancing our passion for research and need to be in business to enable it.” Stephen was equally optimistic, saying “Going to the SYP conference made me feel really good about CDJ’s place in the journal market, which is one of the most diverse and growing publishing markets. It has given us great direction going forward over the next few years, and we can continue our commitment to publishing and distributing quality and influencing material.”