Stephen Laverick Joins Maverick Publishing Specialists as Business Development Senior Associate and XML / digital workflow expert.

Laverick returns to UK after 12 years in China

Maverick Publishing Specialists Ltd., are excited to announce that Stephen Laverick, ex-Integration Manager at Edanz Editing and Technical Director at The Charlesworth Group has joined Maverick to work with the expanding International Business Development and Account Management team, as well as add his in-depth XML and integrated publishing workflow expertise to the Content and Technology division.

Having recently returned to the UK after 12 years in Beijing, China, Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in scholarly publishing, primarily focused on digital publishing solutions.

At Edanz Editing, based in Beijing, Stephen’s role as Integration Manager was to ensure that the companies “publication process” based suite of author services met the needs of the publishing community by forming and managing collaborative partnerships with a wide range of both publishers and third-parties to create efficient workflows. Stephen was also able to make use of his experience in XML-first publishing workflow integration, advising on technical infrastructure and feature requirements for the development of an online authoring eco-system aimed at simplifying the publication process for authors who have English as a second-language.

During his time as Technical Director at The Charlesworth Group, Stephen was instrumental in overseeing the development of robust, scalable and efficient XML-first workflows for OA megajournals for the likes of PLOS, Nature and RSC as well as tailoring solutions around specific publisher requirements. He was also heavily involved in the growth of the Charlesworth China creation and subsequent management of a dedicated technical development team consisting of Beijing, China and UK based programming support teams.

More recently Stephen was a key figure in the setup of the Alliance for Scientific Editing in China, an industry response to the growth in unethical practices in author services in China. He is a member of the Society of Scholarly Publishers, volunteering on the Membership Committee, and is involved in the JATS4R initiative to introduce standardisation in the use of JATS XML. Stephen has been a regular conference speaker and attendee at industry events such as SSP, ISMTE and ALPSP. He is now based in North Yorkshire, UK offering advice on XML and digital publishing workflows.

Martin Marlow, President of Maverick Publishing Specialists, commented,

I am thrilled to have Stephen coming on board. With such a wide range of experience and background in both the UK, China and internationally, alongside a Publishing contact network that is of the highest order, he will be an invaluable asset to our Business Development team. And with such a rich level of expertise in XML, publishing workflows and the whole publication process, he will also be a great asset to any client who wants assistance in these areas at either a strategic or operational level.