Miriam Maus appointed as IOP Publishing’s new publishing director

Miriam takes over from Antonia Seymour

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Miriam Maus

IOP Publishing (IOPP) has appointed Miriam Maus as its new publishing director. She will be responsible for defining and delivering the organization’s publishing strategy and leading a global team of editorial, production, and author marketing colleagues.

Miriam takes over from Antonia Seymour, who will become managing director of the organization in March when Steven Hall retires.

She joins IOPP from Wiley, where most recently she held the role of vice president and managing director in the Journals Editorial Organization, responsible for overseeing and developing their proprietary and society-owned journal portfolio across a range of subject areas and regions.

Antonia Seymour, current publishing director and soon to be managing director, said, “We are delighted to have attracted someone of Miriam’s calibre. She will play a vital role in helping us deliver on our strategy objectives, and we look forward to warmly welcoming her to the leadership team. Her energy and experience will be immensely valuable as we continue to ensure that the work of our authors, reviewers, and publishing partners gains recognition and impact.”

Commenting on her appointment, Miriam Maus said, “I feel very proud to be joining IOPP, renowned as it is for its community ties, the value it places on relationships with researchers, librarians, and partner organizations, and its editorial and operational excellence. I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues as we build on recent achievements and identify opportunities that will keep us at the forefront of developments in scientific publishing.”

Miriam will be based at IOPP’s head office in Bristol and will join the company on 25 January.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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