Bioscientifica had long since outsourced much of its publishing processes to India, a global hotspot for high quality offshore production. However, before teaming up with Deanta, Laurenson was used to seeing big fluctuations in the quality of the work. “Our difficulty in the past was high staff turnover,” he says. “When someone was new, the quality would dip, and we’d end up chasing for amends.”
The Indian job market is beyond Bioscientifica’s control, but according to Laurenson, Deanta’s support with copy-editing, proofreading and content design has helped keep content quality “good and consistent”. This has enabled Laurenson to focus on strategic activities between his base in Bristol and Deanta’s office in Dublin, which has simplified the working relationship between Bioscientifica and its offshore Chennai hub.
“Nowadays I tend to deal with Deanta’s team in Ireland, and our production editors deal with someone in Chennai in India. They deal with any queries and problems quickly,” he says. “It’s a big help that Deanta has its front office in Dublin, away from the main production site in Chennai. The team in Dublin can look at the more strategic things, because they have the required level of technical knowledge. One quick conference call, and it’s sorted.”
When Simon Laurenson first spoke to Deanta, he was clear that Bioscientifica needed a partner with a strong mix of core publishing skills and specialist academic know-how. “We’ll only ever use companies that deal with STEM publishers. We wouldn’t take a chance with someone else,” says Simon. “Deanta had a track record in academic publishing, and they got what we needed straight away.”
Working with Deanta has given Bioscientifica the production support and technical expertise required to grow its exceptional portfolio of life sciences journals, whilst keeping in step with the evolving requirements of online publishing. Having contacts in both Dublin and Chennai has given Simon and his team a stronger link to the strategic and production elements of their publishing operations, which has helped keep content quality dependably high. And crucially, this has all come at the right price.