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Simon Inger Consulting (SIC) operates an informal and small federation of consultants in scholarly publishing. The principal consultants working on SIC's projects are listed here, but all of the people here can, and do, undertake projects independently of SIC.

Simon Inger

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Simon Inger has been working in journals since 1987, when he joined B.H.Blackwell, the Oxford-based subscription agent. In late 1994 he founded CatchWord, the world's first journal platform service provider and ran that business until its acquisition by Ingenta in 2001 (now Publishing Technology). Since 2002, Simon has worked as a consultant specializing in journals, including: sales, marketing & pricing; journal delivery & platform selection; fulfilment & editorial systems selection; management; financial planning; product development; market research; content development; content discovery; library technology; standards; strategic business reviews; and open access publishing. In addition, Simon runs training courses for librarians for UKSG in Europe, as well as courses for publishers by Renew Training (a subsidiary of Simon Inger Consulting) in association with ALPSP. Simon co-founded Renew Consulting for Societies, which helps scholarly societies navigate the world of academic publishing and assists specifically with business reviews, contract renewals, writing tender documents and negotiating new partnership agreements. Simon works with not-for-profit publishing organisations in the UK and US, as well as commercial publishers, technology providers, intermediaries and service providers in journals publishing.

Tracy Gardner

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Tracy Gardner has worked in journals since 1997. She has a very broad view of publishing having worked for publishing technology companies (CatchWord and Ingenta), a not-for-profit publisher (CABI Publishing), and thereafter in consultancy, on various projects for publishers, intermediaries and libraries. Throughout her career she has been focused on improving the communication channels between publishers, intermediaries and librarians and understands the business of scholarly publishing from many different perspectives. Tracy has worked on a wide range of projects, including sales, marketing & pricing; journal delivery & platform selection; management; product development; market research; content discovery; library technology; strategic business reviews; and open access publishing. Tracy is a trainer on UKSG's E-Resources Technical Update course, and its Licence and Negotiation Skills course, as well as courses for publishers by Renew Training in association with ALPSP.

Julie Neason

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Julie Neason has been working in the publishing industry for over twenty years and has extensive experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Julie has been involved in learned society publishing for over twelve years where she has focused on resource management, peer review systems selection, editorial workflows, production, distribution, financial planning, project management and systems development. Julie has a successful track record of increasing operating surplus though workflow solutions and editorial development. More recently, Julie worked in the commercial sector where she was responsible for journal acquisitions, new launches, content development and budget management. In 2012, Julie co-founded Renew Consulting for Societies, which aims to help scholarly societies navigate the world of academic publishing and assists specifically with business reviews, contract renewals, RFP management, negotiating new partnership agreements and publishing partner relations support. Julie has also been involved with many activities of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), including involvement in setting up the ALPSP Learned Journal Collection.

Sam Burrell

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Sam has been working in scholarly communications since 2000 when she moved to Ingenta from a management consultancy, pursuing her interest in how technology changes the core business of knowledge sharing. In her first few years in the industry, much of her work involved articulating the requirements of both publishers and librarians, and in so doing she developed a deep understanding of the relevant technology and users’ experience of it. Sam’s expertise is in product development and project management, bringing technology-led and marketing-led ideas together and delivering a solution that is tailored to deliver the particular goals of the business. Sam has worked on developing the requirements for, technical development of, and implementation of whole platforms, as well as individual websites for publishers, both “out of the box” and bespoke; she is also experienced in managing migrations. In more recent years, Sam has specialised in helping publishers develop and improve author, librarian and reader-focussed products, working with a range of platform providers as well as with products developed by publishers’ in-house teams. She brings a business-led focus to her work, backed up by several years of project management experience within scholarly publishing. Her recent work has reflected emerging pressing themes within publishing: developing OA products and processes, and providing advice and project management around the challenges of changing platforms.

Tabitha Park

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Tabitha Park trained and practised as a solicitor in a commercial firm before joining the publishing industry in 2002. She has worked for various intermediaries in the academic publishing world, including ProQuest and Dialog, her specialism being online licensing, and worked for a while in the journals licensing team at Oxford University Press. Tabitha now works as a freelance publishing professional, specialising in data licensing arrangements for a variety of smaller publishers.

Rachel Hardisty-Hughes


Rachel has a first degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Genetics. Rachel worked for the Medical Research Council from 1994 to 2009 as an active researcher in the field of Mammalian Genetics and disease models, focusing on the genetics of hearing loss and its associated pathologies. As a consequence of this time, Rachel has experience in both writing and publishing, and reviewing academic articles as well as the writing and reviewing of grant proposals, both for the MRC and charitable organisations. Rachel has participated in projects for clients of Simon Inger Consulting, where her role involved data and journal content analysis, and research.