Journal Call for Papers: Improving Your Approach

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BY TAYLOR FULTON

The competition for quality journal manuscripts is at an all-time high, with more journals, fewer international barriers and sleeker author services than ever before. In times like these, what’s a publisher to do?

The answer: a timeless classic—marketing.

Okay, maybe this is a little biased. As a Publisher with a keen interest (a.k.a. obsession) with great marketing, I tend to believe that strategic marketing can defy gravity, move mountains and make time stand still.

How Does Your Association Marketing Stack Up?

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It’s no secret that member organizations such as societies and associations have been experiencing member attrition for a number of years. In an industry where a decline in members is common, it can be difficult to qualify the success or failure of your own marketing efforts. While the goal of these efforts is ultimately an increase in membership, another helpful tool for analysis is benchmarking your efforts against those of your peers. The answer to the question, “How are we doing?” can certainly be answered in a vacuum, but another relevant piece of the story is realized in comparison with similar organizations and there is much to be learned from shared experience.

International Symposium on Open Access Publishing Reveals Both Challenges and Opportunities

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BY JOANNA GILLETTE

On November 17 and 18, the University of Kansas was host to an international symposium, “Envisioning a World Beyond APCs/BPCs.” The event, which was co-sponsored by the University of Kansas Libraries, Open Access Network, Allen Press and SPARC, brought together open access advocates from North America, South America, Africa and Europe. The theme of the symposium points to the fact that Article Processing Charges (APCs) move the access barrier from the reader to the author, which prompted participants to discuss the power structures that are inherent in scholarly publishing today. Through these discussions, participants recognized that access is not just about the ability to read and write, but also the ability to contribute to the global research agenda.

Charleston Conference 2016 recap

BY PETER BURNS / PUBLISHER

During last week’s Charleston Conference—my first—I had a chance to attend several interesting sessions. Here, I would like to provide a recap of just one, a Thursday afternoon session titled “Is Small Beautiful? The Position of Independent Scholarly Publishers in an Environment of Rapid Industry Consolidation.” Three panelists spoke candidly about the benefits and challenges of being a small publisher.

KU Libraries, Open Access Network, SPARC and Allen Press jointly sponsoring OA symposium

The University of Kansas Libraries, Open Access Network, Allen Press and SPARC are jointly sponsoring an international symposium, “Envisioning a World Beyond APCs/BPCs,” in Lawrence, Kan., on Thursday and Friday, November 17-18. The symposium will consider current models available for achieving an expansive, inclusive and balanced worldwide open publishing ecosystem.

The symposium will provide a live-streamed session during which internationally respected scholars, publishers, university librarians and executives from foundations and organizations will address advanced questions and problems in the open access movement. Additional symposium meetings will explore the future of “openness” in scholarly publishing, as well as responding to and furthering discussions from last December’s Berlin 12 Open Access invitational conference, which focused on “flipping” the current subscription model of scholarly publishing to one that provides free access to readers paid for by article-processing charges from authors or their institutions.

Kevin L. Smith, dean of KU Libraries, will moderate the live-streamed conversation on Thursday, November 17 from 10 a.m.-12 noon CST. By streaming part of the symposium, the organizers hope to engage a broad international audience in a lively discussion. During the broadcast, panelists will describe their vision for an open access future. Panelists, local respondents and the global viewing audience will engage together in thought-provoking dialogue to address one of the most fundamental questions in the open access movement: To what extent can a global academic community create an open access publishing system that is without costs to readers or authors?

“KU Libraries are honored to host such a distinguished group of cutting-edge thinkers,” said Smith. “We expect the dialogue that takes place here as a result of this meeting to have transformational impact on scholarly communications, moving us toward a more global and inclusive vision of the ecosystem of scholarship.”

Bob Kieft, chair of the board of directors of K|N Consultants, an organization that partners with institutions to support open access, added, “I couldn’t be happier that a casual conversation last winter with colleagues at KU has led to this symposium. Given our Open Access Network’s initial emphasis on large-scale funding models for humanistic and social science disciplines and KU’s distinguished institutional commitment to open access, we look forward to working with our cosponsors Allen Press and SPARC and our eminent group of participants on better ways for making scholarship available to all.”

The following international group of participants will be joining the symposium at KU: Juan Pablo Alperin, Simon Fraser University; Ivy Anderson, California Digital Library; Arianna Becerril García , Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México; Raym Crow, SPARC; Martin Eve, University of London / Open Library of the Humanities; Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Modern Language Association of America; Jean-Claude Guédon, Université de Montréal; Lorraine Haricombe, University of Texas – Austin Libraries; Neil Jacobs, JISC; Heather Joseph, SPARC; Rebecca Kennison, K|N Consultants / Open Access Network; Mary Rose Muccie, Temple University Press; Williams Nwagwu, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa; Charlotte Roh, University of San Francisco; Michael Roy, Middlebury College; Ralf Schimmer, Max Planck Institute; Kathleen Shearer, COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories); Dave Shulenburger, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; and John Willinsky, Stanford University.

Participants from KU will include faculty members Marc L. Greenberg, director of the School of Language, Literatures, & Cultures and professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Town Peterson, distinguished professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Representing the libraries will be Kevin L. Smith, dean of Libraries; Ada Emmett, librarian and director of the Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright; Brian Rosenblum, scholarly digital initiatives librarian; Josh Bolick, scholarly communication librarian; and Musa Olaka, associate librarian for African, global, and international studies.

Please follow updates on the symposium website and mark your calendars to participate via Twitter during the livestream on November 17 using #KUOASymp16. If you have questions or comments, please contact the symposium planners Emmett, Kennison and Kieft at lib_oscc@ku.edu.

Allen Press wins one gold, two silver awards in the annual Gold Ink Awards competition

LAWRENCE, Kan. – September 22, 2016 In this year’s Printing Impression’s Gold Ink Award competition, Allen Press won a gold and silver award in the Scientific & Technical category and a silver award in the Trade Magazine, Web category.

The Mineralogical Record won the gold award, Orchids won the silver in the Scientific & Technical category and Creative Quarterly won silver in the Trade Magazine, Web category.

Winning pieces were chosen on the basis of print quality, technical difficulty and overall visual effect. Nearly 800 entries were submitted to the competition this year.

“To win a Gold Ink award, every visual element of the publication needs to be at its peak—the design needs to be beautiful, the materials high quality and the printing flawless,” says Randy Radosevich, Allen Press CEO. “It requires strong teamwork, good communication and trust between the publication team and the printing team. We are very pleased to attain this level of success in partnership with our customers.”

The Gold Ink Awards is an annual competition open to all creators and producers of printed materials and has more than 50 categories to enter.

About Allen Press, Inc.
Allen Press, Inc., uses top-notch printing, content publishing, and precision marketing services to help organizations make their stories come alive.

For further information, contact:
Bridget Bowles, Marketing Communications Manager, Allen Press, Inc.
bbowles@allenpress.com \ (785) 865-9568

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Marcus Roberts Joins Allen Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. – June 28, 2016 Allen Press, Inc., is excited to announce the addition of Marcus Roberts to its growing executive sales team.

Roberts has more than 25 years of experience selling advertising production services, design and print to retail companies and design firms nationwide. He has a proven track record of helping major retailers increase traffic and sales through advertising production, direct mail and technological solutions. In his position at Allen Press, Roberts will continue to work with retail clients and design firms as they use these creative solutions to achieve their goals.

“I am very excited that Marcus has joined Allen Press. He has a creative eye, a desire to help and deep experience in print design and production,” said Martine Padilla, Vice President of Sales. “He is an excellent addition to the team as we move Allen Press forward.”

Roberts comes to Allen Press from Colortek and was previously a sales executive at Vertis Inc., Mozaic Inc. and Missouri Color Prepress. During his career Roberts has worked with major retailers and design firms such as Kohls Department Store, Barkley, Price Chopper Grocers, Valu Merchandisers and Payless Shoe Source.

 

About Allen Press, Inc.
Allen Press, Inc., uses top-notch printing, content publishing, and precision marketing services to help organizations make their stories come alive.

For further information, contact:
Bridget Bowles, Marketing Communications Manager, Allen Press, Inc.
bbowles@allenpress.com \ (785) 865-9568

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Rinke and Preston-Cargill Promoted to VP Roles

LAWRENCE, Kan. – May 24, 2016 Allen Press, Inc. is happy to announce that Julie Rinke has been promoted to Vice President of Business Support Services and Maria Preston-Cargill to Vice President of Marketing.

Rinke has added purchasing, scheduling and inventory management to her responsibilities in addition to estimating and contracts, which she managed previously. Preston-Cargill is responsible for developing products and services, managing the brand, and spearheading all corporate communications. She will continue to oversee the Publishing department as well.

“Maria and Julie have established themselves as excellent, team-focused leaders,” said Allen Press CEO Randy Radosevich. “Their industry and company knowledge are an asset to everyone who interacts with them. They were invaluable resources to me when I began in January and I am happy to share the responsibility of leadership with them during this exciting time of growth at Allen Press.”

Rinke and Preston- Cargill serve on the executive leadership team, which includes CEO Randy Radosevich, President Rand Allen, COO Dee Ann Berry, VP of Production John Rodriguez and VP of Sales Martine Padilla.

Rinke joined Allen Press in 1988 as a Data Collection Administrator. Significantly, she has led multiple teams though changes in the printing industry. Most recently, Rinke served as Director of Client Solutions. Rinke holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.

Preston-Cargill joined Allen Press in 2011 as a Publisher and has since served as Publishing and Advertising Sales Manager and Director of Publishing. Prior to joining Allen Press, she served as Director of Marketing at The World Company and Director of Sales and Marketing at Sunflower Broadband.

Preston-Cargill earned a Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, both from the University of Kansas.

About Allen Press, Inc.
Allen Press, Inc. uses top-notch printing, content publishing and precision marketing services to help organizations make their stories come alive.

For further information, contact:
Bridget Bowles, Marketing Communications Manager, Allen Press, Inc.
bbowles@allenpress.com | tel: 785.865.9568

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Cross Honored with CSE Distinguished Service Award

LAWRENCE, Kan. – May 19, 2016 – On Monday, the Council of Science Editors (CSE) recognized Tim Cross, Allen Press Product Education Manager, with a Distinguished Service Award.

Cross has served as a CSE volunteer in a variety of positions for more than 10 years and served as President in 2014-2015. The Distinguished Service award recognizes his contributions to furthering scientific communications and his commitment to CSE and its programs.

“Through his work with CSE, TIm has forged connections with science editor organizations in other countries and helped industry newcomers get connected,” said Maria Preston-Cargill, Vice President of Marketing at Allen Press. “Tim’s awareness of key trends in the scholarly communication industry has  made him a invaluable asset to CSE’s membership.”

As Product Education Manager, Cross manages a portfolio of products that serve scholarly and association customers and curates Allen Press’s annual Emerging Trends educational seminar.

Cross received the award at the CSE Annual Meeting, in Denver, Colorado earlier this week.

About Allen Press, Inc.
Allen Press, Inc., uses top-notch printing, content publishing and precision marketing services to help organizations make their stories come alive.

For further information, contact:
Maria Preston-Cargill, Vice President of Marketing, Allen Press, Inc.
mcargill@allenpress.com | tel: 785.865.9265

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David Mack Joins Allen Press as Director of Prepress and Digital

LAWRENCE, Kan. – May 18, 2016 Allen Press, Inc. announces that David Mack joins the team as Director of Prepress and Digital.

“We are excited to have David start collaborating and working with our current staff to find new ways to optimize our prepress operations,” said John Rodriguez, Allen Press Vice President of Production. “He will play an important role in moving our Prepress department forward.”

Mack has over 17 years of prepress management and specializes in optimizing prepress structures and workflows to maximize efficiencies.

Previously, Mack managed prepress operations for Cadmus Communications (Cenveo Publisher Services) and R.R. Donnelley. Most recently Mack was responsible for premedia operations for Trojan Press, Inc. in Kansas City.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Arts Technology Management from the University of Central Missouri and a Commercial Arts Certificate from the Joe Herndon Area Vocational Technical School.

 

About Allen Press, Inc.
Allen Press, Inc. uses top-notch printing, content publishing and precision marketing services to help organizations make their stories come alive.

For further information, contact:
Maria Preston-Cargill, Director of Marketing, Allen Press, Inc.
mcargill@allenpress.com | tel: 785.865.9265

Industry Sales Leader Kevin Bowen Joins Allen Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. – April 22, 2016 Allen Press, Inc., is pleased to announce that Kevin Bowen will be joining its team as a sales executive in early May.

Bowen comes to the position with over 30 years of print industry experience and will focus on forming partnerships and strategic plans that deliver the results his clients look to achieve.

“We are elated that Kevin is joining our team,” said Martine Padilla, Vice President of Sales. “His deep knowledge of the publication industry gives both his clients, and Allen Press, a wealth of expertise to rely on when developing impactful and on-target cost-effective printing programs.”

Previously, Kevin held sales positions with The Ovid Bell Press, IPC Printing and Quebecor Printing. Bowen’s educational credentials include an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University.

 

About Allen Press, Inc.
Allen Press, Inc., uses top-notch printing, content publishing and precision marketing services to help organizations make their stories come alive.

For further information, contact:
Maria Preston-Cargill, Director of Marketing, Allen Press, Inc.
mcargill@allenpress.com | tel: 785.865.9265

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Allen Press Acquires HP Indigo 7900 Digital Press

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – May 19, 2017 – Allen Press, Inc. has purchased a HP Indigo 7900 Digital Press. The Indigo 7900 is the leading 13 x 19 inch format digital sheetfed press on the market and provides a wide range of digital applications through innovative print quality, media versatility and intelligent automation.

In addition to the Indigo 7900, Allen Press is adding a C.P. Bourg Inline Booklet Maker ExPress and an Epic CT-750 Coating System.

Allen Press Acquires Hawk M6 UV Inkjet Systems

Hawk M6 UV variable inkjet system

LAWRENCE, Kan. – May 10, 2017 – Allen Press, Inc. has purchased two Hawk M6 UV variable inkjet systems from Capital Mailing Equipment, Inc. The Hawk M6 is the latest generation of high-resolution drop-on-demand (DOD) print technology.

The Hawk M6’s utilizes UV inks and LED lamps for drying which shortens production time overall.

Dan Scobee Promoted to Director of Manufacturing

LAWRENCE, Kan. – May 8, 2017 – Allen Press, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Dan Scobee to Director of Manufacturing. Scobee first joined the Allen Press team in October 2016 as a Web Press Consultant to help manage the installation of a new M600 web press.

“We couldn’t be happier that Dan will be taking on a larger role in the day-to-day leadership of the printing plant,” said Julie Rinke, Allen Press Vice President of Operations. “His experience within the industry is invaluable to us but most importantly, to our customers.”

Allen Press Wins Big at PIA GraphEx

PIA 2017 Graphex Awards

LAWRENCE, Kan. – May 3, 2017 – Allen Press, Inc. is the recipient of eleven awards from the Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica’s 2017 Graphic Excellence Competition (GraphEx). Three publication entries received Best of Category awards and six publications received Awards of Excellence.

The Best of Category awards include Naked Food Magazine (Environmentally Sound Materials), Phase/Spencer Museum of Art Newsletter (Newsletters) and The Mineralogical Record – Berezovsk, Russia! (Web Magazines, Periodicals & Publications). The Awards of Excellence winners include HighTower HAPPY, Mineral Collection in the American Northeast, Stanford Business Magazine, Creative Quarterly, Arabian Horse Times and Orchids.

USPS Suspends Mail Service to Guatemala

The United States Postal Service has temporarily suspended most mail services to Guatemala. This suspension affects Priority Mail Express International® (PMEI®), Priority Mail International® (PMI®), and First-Class Mail International® (FCMI), First-Class Package International Service® (FCPIS®), International Priority Airmail® (IPA®) International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®), and M-Bag® items. The Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG®) service is still available.

The suspension is due to a contract dispute between the Guatemalan government and the country’s postal agency, El Correo de Guatemala.

While this suspension is temporary, the USPS has not announced when a resolution might come. Allen Press will begin removing Guatemalan addresses from print production mailing lists effective immediately. For more information, please contact your Account Manager or email us at marketing@allenpress.com.