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Certificate in Journals Publishing

Our next Certificate in Journals Publishing course runs from February next year, with the first session starting on Thursday 12th February 2015.

Students attending the Certificate in Journals Publishing course together with staff

Students attending the Certificate in Journals Publishing course together with staff
Enjoying a relaxed lunch at the launch of the course for 2010

Set: Certificate in Journals Publishing 2010

The course is at MA level (level 7) and offers students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the fast-moving world of journals publishing across science, technology, medicine, the humanities and social sciences, and the arts.  The course looks at the viewpoints of all the main stakeholders and includes key issues and current controversies.   Subjects covered including everything from everyday management systems and the needs of learned societies, to the strategic concerns of the key players. It explores current issues, practices and techniques in journals publishing including business models, commissioning and development, author and learned society viewpoints, production and workflow systems, open access, institutional repositories, submissions and editorial management, rights, marketing and sales, and the wider political, academic, and economic context.

Candidates must be graduates, and companies normally select promising employees at an early stage in their publishing careers – usually the first six to twelve months.  They can be from any area of journals publishing.  The course consists of two complete MA modules, which industry students take at the same time as Brookes MA students, following the same part of the course.  This shared experience has proved to be of great value to both groups of students over the years. The two modules are as follows:

  • Journals Publishing: a self-contained course consisting of lectures, seminars and group work, including visiting speakers.  The module requires the student to attend on Thursday afternoons for 11 weeks (there may be a short break over the Easter vacation).
  • An Independent Study, completed in the student’s own time, on a journals related theme – usually, but not necessarily, linked to a workplace project to the benefit of the company.  Work on this module begins during the summer of 2015.  Students submit a formal proposal of their topic and approach in September 2015, and all work should be completed and submitted by late December 2015.  There is no attendance requirement for this part of the Certificate, though students must arrange at least two meetings with their Brookes supervisor during September-December 2015.

The 40 credits awarded by the Certificate in Journals Publishing can be put towards gaining an Oxford Brookes MA if the student wishes to do so.

Developed by Publishers for Publishers

This part-time programme was developed for the industry in consultation with the industry, set up with the support and input of senior managers from Elsevier, OUP, Taylor & Francis and Wiley-Blackwell, and provides a post-graduate-level professional qualification from Oxford Brookes University.

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, within Oxford Brookes University is one of the leading centres for publishing education in the world, with a reputation for innovation and excellence in teaching, research and consultancy. Our students come from all over the world to take high-quality courses in the largest department in Europe, and we carry out bespoke training and consultancy for publishing organizations worldwide.

Develop your Career by Studying While you Work

You needn’t take a career break as you can study part-time on campus.  You can attend the programme which is taught in Oxford one afternoon per week for 11 weeks beginning in early February each year.  This is followed by an independent study which you work on in your own time. 


Our students graduate with cutting edge skills and are well prepared for the ever-changing and demanding publishing environment.

The course is aimed at students with a variety of backgrounds:

  • those new to journals publishing and wanting an in depth and holistic overview of the scholarly communication environment  (they may be in any job function – editorial, marketing, production, etc.)
  • those working for learned societies or academic libraries
  • those who wish to further their career in journals publishing by developing their strategic thinking skills - for example those who may be considering a move into management
  • those wishing to move from another sector into journals publishing, or from another function in journals publishing into editorial
  • those with a lot of experience in the field and who wish to gain an accreditation


By the end of the course, students will have learned to:

  • critically assess the major issues that face journals publishing now and which are likely to be influential in the future, including changing access methods and business models, and the rise of alternative methods of dissemination such as e-only publishing and institutional repositories
  • evaluate the main elements of journals financing in different contexts and from different perspectives – especially the publisher’s and learned society’s viewpoint
  • assess the impact of key technologies in the journals publishing process and their application at different scales, including related issues such as full outsourcing.