Canadian Scholarly Publishing Working Group Releases Interim Report

This multi-stakeholder working group, which includes scholarly publishers, academic libraries, funders, and researchers, released today its draft principles for sustainable scholarly publishing.

January 31, 2017. – The Canadian Scholarly Publishing Working Group’s interim report features an overview of the current landscape for scholarly publishing in Canada, as well as draft principles that characterize a sustainable scholarly publishing model for Canada. The principles will form the basis for a future model framework for Canadian scholarly publishing.  They characterize a successful solution as one that is non-profit, high quality, made-in-Canada, flexible and adaptable, with maximum openness, and which builds on existing strengths.

The Working Group hopes to stimulate discussion in Canada and beyond, and welcomes feedback on this document, in preparation for its upcoming work. The final report will propose a model framework and recommendations for the Canadian scholarly publishing sector as a whole, as well as specific points about journals, monographs, and new scholarly forms.

This Working Group was developed by CARL’s Advancing Research Committee, and corresponds directly to several of the key activities listed in CARL’s Scholarly Communication Roadmap, released earlier this week. More information about the Canadian Scholarly Publishing Working Group can be found on the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ website.

> Full report: Canadian Scholarly Publishing Working Group Interim Report (PDF)

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The Association of Canadian University Presses / l’Association des presses universitaires canadiennes (ACUP/APUC) is the voice of scholarly publishing in Canada, facilitating the broad distribution of excellent scholarship in Canada and internationally.

The Canadian Association of Learned Journals is a national not-for-profit organization who works to strengthen both individual journals and the independent journal community as a whole.

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) includes Canada’s 29 largest university research libraries and two federal institutions. Enhancing research and higher education is at the heart of our mission. CARL promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) is a partnership of 75 Canadian universities, dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research enterprise in Canada. Through the coordinated leadership of librarians, researchers, and administrators, CRKN undertakes large-scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives in order to build knowledge infrastructure and research and teaching capacity among Canadian universities.

Érudit is a Canadian interuniversity consortium that works in partnership with libraries and scholarly publishers towards the digital dissemination of research outcomes. Érudit offers centralized access through its platform to high quality content.

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research and teaching for the advancement of an inclusive, democratic and prosperous society. With a membership now comprising over 160 universities, colleges and scholarly associations, the Federation represents a diverse community of 91,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada.

The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is a consortium of Ontario’s 21 university libraries. Its strength lies in its commitment to work together to maximize collective expertise and resources. OCUL enhances information services in Ontario and beyond through collective purchasing and shared digital information infrastructure, collaborative planning, advocacy, assessment, research, partnerships, communications, and professional development.

PKP Public Knowledge Project logoThe Public Knowledge Project is a non-profit research initiative of Simon Fraser University and Stanford University that is focused on making the results of publicly funded research freely available through open access policies, and on developing strategies for making this possible through open source software development, publishing services, professional capacity building, and community participation.

SSHRC CRSH logoThe Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences.

Universities Canada logoUniversities Canada is the voice of Canada’s universities at home and abroad, representing the interests of 97 Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities.

For more information, contact:

Gwen Bird, Chair of Working Group
University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Simon Fraser University