Clarke Publishing Group Launches New iConsult Service Line to Help Publishers Stay Informed and Competitive

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Clarke Publishing Group launches new iConsult service line, designed to to provide inexpensive, flexible, and convenient services that help publishers remain informed and react quickly to market developments.

Clarke Publishing Group today announced a new service line at the Association of American Publisher’s 2010 Professional Scholarly Publishing Annual Conference. The iConsult service line ( is aimed at helping publishers, and other organizations active in professional and scholarly publishing, both stay informed and remain agile.

“The professional and scholarly publishing industry is moving at a rapid pace—and that pace is only increasing,” noted Michael Clarke, principal of Clarke Publishing Group. “Publishers need to stay abreast of a growing array of issues and technologies that impact their business. These include the growing assortment of mobile devices and technologies, the shifting information needs of readers, the rise of the open data and open access movements, social media technologies and services, and semantic technologies—just to name a few.”

The iConsult service line is designed to provide inexpensive, flexible, and convenient services that help publishers remain informed and react quickly to market developments. There are two iConsult services presently available: Executive Briefings and Pocket Advisor.

Executive Briefings is designed as an aide to strategic and tactical decision making at the senior level. The service includes an in-person briefing from Clarke Publishing Group principal Michael Clarke on one of a number of key topics, including the impact of mobile technologies, social media, and semantic technologies on professional and scholarly publishing. Additionally, several overview presentations are available, including “Digital Opportunities for Publishers” and “Emerging Trends in Professional and Scholarly Publishing.” Clarke Publishing Group will customize each presentation, ensuring that it directly supports the needs and challenges of each client.

Pocket Advisor is designed to provide support on emerging issues, new challenges, and leading trends. For a fixed annual fee, clients can rely on Clarke Publishing Group for rapid feedback, benchmarking, research, and advice to guide decision making in today’s fast-paced business climate. Pocket Advisor provides an inexpensive means for any organization to tap Clarke Publishing Group’s expertise and experience.

“The industry is in transition,” said Michael Clarke. “Our Executive Briefings and Pocket Advisor services are intended to help publishers not just survive but to thrive in the new digital landscape.”

Clarke Publishing Group is an independent publishing and media consultancy focused on the professional and scholarly market.

Mr. Clarke is a long-time veteran of the scholarly publishing industry. Most recently, he was director of marketing and product development and director of international business at the American Medical Association (AMA). Prior to the AMA, he held positions at the American Academy of Pediatrics and at the University of Chicago Press. He currently serves as vice-chair of the American Heart Association's (AHA) Scientific Publishing Committee, which oversees the AHA’s journal publishing program. Mr. Clarke is an active member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, the Council of Science Editors, and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers.

For more information about Clarke Publishing Group, go to or contact Michael Clarke at 773-251-0160.

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