Appointed by the Executive Committee, the Secretary General directs the secretariat and is responsible for the administration of the IPA. Reporting to the President and/or the Executive Committee, the Secretary General acts as the IPA's spokesperson at meetings and in dealings with external organisations. S/He leads the activities necessary for securing support for and implementing the IPA's policies and achieving its strategic objectives.

Since August 2015, the IPA Secretary General has been José Borghino (pictured right).

Governance at IPA

The IPA is governed by the General Assembly; the Executive Committee; the President and Vice-President; the Treasurer; and is administered by the Geneva-based Secretariat. IPA governance is based on a formal set of Statutes, and the three permanent Committees, which function according to agreed Guidelines.

Some IPA programs are made possible through the generous support of partners and sponsors whose values do not conflict with our core values and objectives. Selection of partners and sponsors is subject to due diligence processes overseen by the IPA’s Executive Committee to ensure the impartiality of the Association and its continued commitment to the values it upholds.

 

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the Association, and is convened by the President at least once a year, usually during the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The General Assembly consists of Delegates from IPA's Full Members, who are normally appointed for a term of three years. IPA Affiliate and Associate Members may send non-voting observers to the meetings of the General Assembly.

The General Assembly defines the general strategy of the Association and elects the Directors serving on the Executive Committee, as well as other unpaid Officers, including the chairpersons of any working committee.

 

Committees

A number of committees, comprising representatives of IPA members, shape and steer the key policy issues of IPA.
There are three Permanent Committees, which work according to guidelines adopted by the General Assembly in April 2016.
They are:

 

Freedom to Publish Committee Guidelines Copyright Committee Guidelines Membership Committee Guidelines

Other member-led bodies are the Inclusive Publishing and Literacy Committee, the Educational Publishers Forum (Guidelines) and the Anti-Piracy Working Group.

The General Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the Association, and is convened by the President at least once a year, usually during the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The General Assembly consists of Delegates from IPA's Full Members, who are normally appointed for a term of three years. IPA Affiliate and Associate Members may send non-voting observers to the meetings of the General Assembly.

The General Assembly defines the general strategy of the Association and elects the Directors serving on the Executive Committee, as well as other unpaid Officers, including the chairpersons of any working committee.

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Introduction

IPA is the international umbrella organisation of national publishers associations. It is essentially administered by the General Assembly; the Executive Committee; the President, and Vice-President; a Treasurer; and the Geneva-based Secretariat. IPA governance is based on a formal set of Statutes, and the three Permanent Committees that function according to agreed Guidelines (see Committees below). For more, please read through the pages of this sub-section.


General Assembly

The General Assembly is the supreme body of the Association, and is convened by the President at least once a year, usually during the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The General Assembly consists of Delegates from IPA's Regular Members, who are normally appointed for a term of three years. IPA Affiliate and Associate Members may send non-voting observers to the meetings of the General Assembly.

The General Assembly defines the general strategy of the Association and elects the Directors serving on the Executive Committee, as well as other unpaid Officers, including the chairpersons of any working committee.


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the "board" of the Association and manages its activities between General Assemblies. The Executive Committee is convened by the President at least twice a year. It is composed of the President, and 15 Directors elected by the General Assembly. The Statutes ensure that at least two thirds of the Executive Committee Directors are practising publishers, and that all geographic regions are represented.


President & Vice-President

IPA's current President is Richard Charkin (Bloomsbury, UK). The General Assembly elects one Vice-President for a two-year term, to support the President in her/his work. At the end of her/his term s/he becomes automatically the President for another two-year term. IPA's current Vice-President is Michiel Kolman (Elsevier, Netherlands).


Secretary General

The Secretary General is appointed by the Executive Committee. S/He is responsible for the administration of the association, and directs the Secretariat. In accordance with the instructions given by the President and/or the Executive Committee, the Secretary General acts as IPA's spokesperson at meetings and in dealings with external organisations. S/He organises and undertakes the representational and liaison activities necessary for securing support for and the implementation of the IPA's policies and the achievement and recognition of its objectives.

IPA's current Secretary General is José Borghino who is assisted by Project and Office Manager in charge of the projects coordination, communication and a smooth office running.


Committees

Several committees shape and steer the key policy issues of IPA. The permanent committees are the Copyright Committee, Freedom to Publish Committee, and the Membership Committee, which work according to guidelines adopted by the General Assembly. In addition, there are working committees for Literacy and Book Industry Policy.

In addition, IPA and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) jointly set up a Steering Group, which used to meet three times a year in order to deal with the publishers-librarians issues. For more, click here.

For further information on IPA's structure and day-to-day work, please contact the IPA Secretariat.

Membership

National book and journal publishers associations can participate in the work of IPA as "Regular Members". International publishers organisations with specialised publishing interests as well as international regional publishers associations may become IPA "Associate Members". Individual publishing houses can only become IPA members under limited circumstances. For more about IPA Membership and the different membership categories, please click here.

Current membership includes some 86 publishers' organisations from approximately 71 countries. This includes the international regional publisher associations from Latin America (GIE), the Arab countries (APU), Africa (APNET), and Europe (FEP), and French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa (AFRILIVRES), as well as specialist publishers associations such as the Association of University Presses, the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM) and the International Federation of Scholarly Publishers (IFSP).

How to become an IPA Member?

In principle, IPA membership is open to national, and international regional or specialist publishers' associations which:

  • Share IPA's Objects, and actively promote and defend publishers' interests; and
  • Conform with IPA's Statutes, and are themselves based on voluntary membership and the principles of democratic self-organisation of publishers; and
  • Pay their annual subscription to the IPA Secretariat; and
  • Undertake to give effect in their respective countries to the resolutions and recommendations passed by the IPA General Assembly and to report to the IPA Secretary General on the steps taken and the results achieved.
  • IPA distinguishes between three categories of membership.

You can read the membership elegibility criteria here and download the application form here.

Full Membership

Full Membership may be granted to national publishers associations representing to the fullest extent possible the publishers of their country. Full Members pay an annual subscription determined for each Full Member by the General Assembly from time to time. Full Members take part in the work of the Association.

Associate membership

Associate Membership may be granted to international regional publishers' organisations and international publishers organisations with specialised publishing interests.

Application Procedure

We kindly ask all to complete a basic questionnaire on their activities. Together with the elegibility criteria, the information provided by the applicant association in this questionnaire will help the IPA Membership Committee and General Assembly to form a view as to whether your Association fulfils IPA's criteria for a given membership category. The IPA General Assembly decides, at its discretion, whether or not to accept any given application.

The application process itself, which leads up to the request for membership addressed to the General Assembly, is administered by the IPA Secretariat and will depend on the particular circumstances of each applicant. IPA generally asks applicants to make themselves available for a personal meeting at an international publishing event, e.g. during a major international book fair, or the next IPA Copyright Congress, to discuss the aspects raised in the questionnaire.

Should you have any question regarding IPA or the application process, please contact the IPA Secretariat at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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