Barbara M. Ford

DBA Meyers Consulting Services and Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.
6610 Christy Acres Circle
Mounty Airy, Maryland 21771
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Professional & Scholarly Publishing
  • STM Journal Publishing
  • Society Management Consulting
  • Marketing (Planning, Research, Promotion)
  • Technology Assessment
  • RFP Facilitation

Barbara Meyers Ford began her career as an editorial assistant with the National Rehabilitation Association and proceeded to positions of increasing responsibility with non-profits. She has worked with the Forum for the Advancement of Students in Science and Technology, National Academies of Science, American Chemical Society, Chamber of Commerce of the United States. She has also worked with commercial firms including Capital Systems Group and RGA Consulting Group. In 1983, she founded Meyers Consulting Services, an independent consultancy devoted to providing membership organizations and professional/scholarly publishers with guidance and expertise in such areas as management, marketing, program assessment, publishing technologies, RFP facilitation, and strategic planning.

Current Research

  • Over the years Barbara has contributed numerous articles to a variety of industry publications such as Scholarly Publishing (the journal), the AAP/PSP Bulletin, SSP News, SIAM News, Internet Publishing News, Optics & Photonics News, Allen Press Newsletter, NFAIS Bulletin, APS Newsletter.
  • She has authored or co-authored white papers for The Sheridan Press addressing critical issues in STM/scholarly publishing such as Marketing Scholarly Journals, Marketing Reprints, Digital Workflow, Archiving, Creating Electronic Products, Outsourcing, and the Future of the Print Journal.
  • She co-authored the NISO Press publication: Metadata Demystified: A Guide for Publishers.
  • Currently and for the last several years, Barbara has been a contributing columnist (“Gatherings of an Infovore”) for the journal, Science Editor.


  • Master degree in Science, Technology, and Public Policy, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Science Journalism, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.


Eric has written numerous articles about copyright law.


  • Co-Founder of the Society for Scholarly Publishing
  • Past President, Council of Science Editors
  • Editorial Board member, CSE Science Editor
  • Editorial Board Member, MDPI Publications
  • Inaugural Advisory Board Member, Workplace Equality (WE) Survey Project
  • Distinguished Service Award, Council of Science Editors
  • Outstanding Service Award, Society for Scholarly Publishing

Classes Taught

As Adjunct Faculty, George Washington University College of Professional Studies Masters in Publishing:

  • Professional & Scholarly Publishing
  • STM Books & Journals
  • Editorial Office Management
  • Editing: Books, Journals, & Electronic Products

As Guest Lecturer:

  • Journal Publishing, Mt. Holyoke/Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science
  • "Info-to-Go" Series, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Serials Management Course at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Special Libraries course at the George Mason University, Virginia
  • Introduction to Books & Journals, George Washington University
  • Special Faculty, Organizational Management, Third Annual Meeting of the International Organization for Information Specialists, Katowice, Poland