CARL Endorses Jussieu Call for Open Science and Bibliodiversity

OTTAWA, November 29, 2017. — The Board of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has signed the Jussieu Call for Open Science and Bibliodiversity.

The CARL Board enthusiastically endorses this statement that was penned in October by a group of researchers and publishing professionals in France, and which stresses the importance of developing alternative models in addition to article processing charges (APCs) in order to achieve open science. CARL notes that this aim aligns well with those put forward earlier this year in the CARL Scholarly Communication Roadmap, most notably the third objective, to lower the economic barriers to the creation and dissemination of academic publications. Furthermore, CARL is pleased to note the widespread recognition that “current journal subscription spendings should be changed into investments enabling the scientific community to regain control over the publishing system and not merely into new spendings only earmarked to pay the publication fees for researchers to commercial publishers.”


CARL members include Canada’s twenty-nine largest university libraries as well as two national libraries. Enhancing research and higher education are at the heart of its mission. CARL develops the capacity to support this mission, promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

For more information:
Susan Haigh, Executive Director
613.482.9344 ext. 101