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KWF Consulting was hired to help recruit a new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American Planning Association. We needed a workable and replicable process based on best practices that would engage our Search Committee and key stakeholders on a short timeline. Lisa Marshall, the Senior Consulting Associate who handled our project, proposed a strategy, conducted stakeholder interviews and prepared documentation outlining the qualities we needed in a new editor. Once our Call for Nominations was published, the KWF team followed through quickly and thoroughly on every lead; our candidate pool was strong, and we had no shortage of finalists for the position. We are in the process of negotiating a contract with our new editor now, and are extremely pleased with the professionalism of the search and its outcome. Throughout, KWF provided insight on a variety of related topics including transition of our editorial office, compensation, and benchmarking data. I would work with this agency again in a heartbeat!
We have had the pleasure of working with KWF Consulting many times over the last ten years. We consider them a trusted go-to partner in developing and improving our journals program. The services that KWF has provided us are extensive – they range from reader-author-member surveys and bibliometric analyses for each of our journals to maximize submissions and citations; to assessments of our editorial and production staffing structure; to guidance for recruiting, assessing, and remunerating Editors-in-Chief; to launching an Open Access journal and other new products; to developing RFPs and analyzing bids from vendors to improve our institutional sales worldwide; to a comprehensive three-year project that produced a new strategic plan for our entire publications portfolio’s scientific and financial performance. In all cases, KWF staff worked efficiently and seamlessly with staff and Society leadership – including making presentations to our Board and committees — to meet the project objectives.
As a society with a decades-long history of self-publishing our journals, the decision to seek a contract publishing partnership was one that required much careful thought and consideration. KWF Consulting expertly guided ASN through the RFP process every step of the way, from selecting the right publishers to engage, based on KWF Consulting’s extensive knowledge and connections throughout the industry, to eventually negotiating an agreement with a partner who fulfills both our needs and our mission. Lisa and the KWF team took the time to understand our current operations, and ensured our future publisher could meet and exceed our expectations. They offered a detailed but easy-to-grasp financial analysis that not only compared publisher offers, but also illustrated how our self-publishing financial return could be improved across our varied portfolio of journals. Most importantly, KWF Consulting’s broad experience and practical insights lent us comfort throughout a process that could otherwise have been very stressful!
The IGCS has been engaged with KWF Consulting for over 18 months addressing key components of our journal publishing operations. KWF Consulting began its work by conducting a detailed audit of the journal that culminated with a thorough report that helped our leadership make crucial decisions to undertake some fundamental changes. KWF managed an RFP process for a new publisher which has led to a more equitable relationship, provided feedback regarding the role of a managing editor, facilitated the search for a new Editor-in-Chief, and negotiated the corresponding contracts. They have been an important resource for the new Editor and provide him with valuable guidance as he becomes familiar with his role. The KWF team is professional, courteous, and extremely knowledgeable about non-profit society publishing and peer-reviewed journals. This is the second time I have worked with KWF Consulting and both times have had equally amazing results.
It was a pleasure working with Debbie Fusting at KWF to search for our Director of Publications at INFORMS. I was consistently impressed with Debbie’s knowledge of the business and all the players in the field. KWF finds quality candidates and shares detailed summaries on each competent applicant they recommend for your role.
I appreciated Debbie’s honesty and input. She truly understood what was needed in the director role and was dedicated to finding the best fit. It was not just the process of getting a boxed checked for a hire, it was making sure I had the right person that would be happy and dynamic at INFORMS. Debbie is a true professional in her field, and I give her my highest recommendations for your talent searches.
We hired KWF Consulting through a highly competitive RFP process and were pleased to engage this excellent partner who helped us navigate through the mire of issues related to the potential renewal of our publishing partner contract, the analysis of self-publishing options, and development of an RFP for a new publisher if needed. It was a pleasure to work with a professional who quickly earned the confidence of our physician and staff leaders. Cara quickly learned our culture and helped us think strategically about our ultimate publishing goals. She guided us to an end result that was far better than we had anticipated. I would highly recommend this seasoned publishing consulting group and plan on utilizing their services again as we continue to expand our publishing products.
I have had the great pleasure of working with KWF Consulting for more than a decade. Their team of highly skilled professionals is extremely knowledgeable of the market and has assisted me on a wide variety of projects. I look forward to working with them for many years to come.
Our Journal Board of Trustees invited KWF Consulting to manage the search for a qualified replacement of the Managing Editor of the Arthroscopy Association of North America’s Arthroscopy Journal who was retiring in June 2015. Due to KWF’s vast consulting experience with scholarly journals, we also trusted their knowledge to assist us in redefining and fine-tuning the Managing Editor job description. KWF attracted an excellent group of qualified candidates and detailed summaries of each were presented to us for review and consideration. KWF also helped to prepare interview questions, managed many of the logistics for a cross-country interview location, completed in-depth reference checks providing summaries of each, and managed the negotiation of a final job offer. Our new Managing Editor has been terrific and we are enormously grateful.
After much difficulty finding director of publishing candidates that were both technically proficient and a good match, the American Water Works Association contracted with Debbie Fusting of KWF Consulting. Within six weeks, Debbie submitted candidates, a finalist was chosen, and an offer was made. The appeal of using KWF is their knowledge of technical publishing, editorial development, production, and periodicals. This knowledge resulted in better candidates and a timelier introduction of our new director of publishing.
The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery has had the pleasure of working with KWF Consulting for five years to renew our journal publishing contracts. The publishing environment changes rapidly, and Cara provided exceptional counsel that allowed us to bring our agreements into alignment with the realities of the current publishing climate. Cara’s insight has proved invaluable in providing the guidance our leadership needs to negotiate publishing contracts. I would highly recommend KWF Consulting for their commitment to their clients and impressive breadth of experience and knowledge of the publishing field.
We used KWF Consulting in our searches and negotiations for a publisher of the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, the Official Journal of the American Association of Neuropathologists in 2010 and 2015. Cara was professional, conscientious, punctual, knowledgeable, and personable in all of our interactions. We have been very pleased with our choices; we recommend KWF Consulting highly and hope to use the group again in the future as the need arises.
Cara and her team were knowledgeable, timely, and responsive to our needs as we negotiated new journal contracts with our publisher. We found KWF Consulting highly professional and a pleasure to work with.
Based on their extensive knowledge, expertise and academic publishing relationships, KWF Consulting was selected by AlphaMed Press to support its RFP process for selecting a co-publisher for its three global peer-reviewed journals. KWF’s analyses of the respondents helped resolve issues early in the process. KWF worked with the candidates to target their formal presentations based on AlphaMed’s needs. KWF provided superb personal and professional attention to the many details of this process, fostering a successful selection and agreement.
In 2014/2015, ASRM engaged the services of KWF Consulting to assist with securing a new contract for publication of its world renowned scientific journal, Fertility and Sterility. KWF diligently worked with us from identification of qualified publishers, through the RFP and selection process. They quickly established knowledge of our organization and business practices, and developed a partnership with us to carry out this important project. We relied on their expertise and advice to guide us through the process and to assist with negotiation of the final contract. The associate assigned to lead our project, Kerry Velilla, is clearly an expert in the field and was always readily available and accessible to us. Her input was invaluable in narrowing the choices down to experienced publishers that were also a good fit for ASRM. We were very pleased with the successful outcome of the project, and consider KWF to be a trusted business partner.
KWF helped us assess our current publishing contract and subsequently negotiate a new contract that brought us up-to-date with current practices, protected our downside risk, and gave us a better financial return. KWF was very knowledgeable and gave clear guidance throughout the process. We were very pleased with the outcome.
On behalf of the American Physical Therapy Association, I would like to formally thank you and your KWF colleagues for the wonderful services recently provided. It was not only the expertise but also your patience and ability to understand and respect our culture throughout the process that was very much appreciated. Considering whether to co-publish our flagship scientific publication was a huge decision for our Board of Directors to make. The journal is viewed by many of the association’s members as their most-prized membership benefit, so it was not just the final decision itself that was under scrutiny, but also the process itself. From the audit through the RFP and application process your guidance and counsel was invaluable. Once the decision was made to co-publish, your ability to help negotiate the new contract was critical. We believe our journal is primed to evolve and help lead our profession into the future. Again, thank you for the expertise and guidance throughout this process!
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) first retained Cara Kaufman in 2005 for counsel on a contract extension with a commercial publisher that was publishing an APhA journal. The result was a far better deal that benefited APhA for 10 years. Nine years later, we went back to Cara to draft an RFP to solicit proposals from commercial publishers to publish that same journal and two additional journals we had been self-publishing. Cara counseled us on selection of the winning publisher and on contract terms. Once again the results have been exceptionally positive. APhA’s management remains impressed with Cara’s knowledge of the scholarly publishing field, the respect that she commands of the major publishers, her strength, her fairness, and her patience. We would certainly go back again to KWF Consulting in the future.
KWF Consulting has deep and wide experience in all aspects of STM publishing. They know the type of information a publishing professional needs, and they know how to get it and deliver it in a meaningful way. Their insight has proved invaluable in strategic planning, market research, editorial best practices, and production analysis. It is nice to have them as a knowledgeable partner to provide backup in making important decisions.
KWF Consulting was instrumental in the process of launching our own medical society journal. From advisory services to editor and publisher selections, Cara was an invaluable resource of experience and information. Her professionalism and innovative ideas were essential in our strategic planning for our recent successful journal launch. I would highly recommend KWF Consulting to any group seeking to develop a new scholarly publication.
KWF Consulting has been our Association’s go-to source for expert consulting services for more than a decade. Our portfolio has more than 20 active titles, and KWF Consulting has helped us with sophisticated financial modeling to enhance the sustainability of our publishing program, while also serving our other core values of quality, breadth, and accessibility. KWF Consulting has also supported our competitive procurement process on two occasions, helping assure a great alignment between the Association and its publishing partner.
I have worked with KWF Consulting on a variety of strategic projects that have helped advance the business development function at the American Academy of Neurology. I have always found them to be responsive, professional, and good stewards of our resources – completing projects in a manner that truly adds value, while meeting deadlines and staying within budget. They have functioned as an extension of our department and are a delight to work with.
We recently worked with KWF Consulting to hire a journal editor for our flagship journal, Neurosurgery. As we began this process, KWF performed a thorough and insightful analysis of our needs and provided a detailed timeline of the recruiting milestones that would be achieved, so we knew exactly what to expect and when it would happen. KWF kept us informed with prompt communication throughout the entire process and the end result was a high quality candidate who is a great fit with our organization.
Debbie Fusting helped guide us in hiring the best person for our scientific journals when we needed to replace our managing editor. We appreciate her knowledge of the journal profession and her ability to find great people.