Canadian Association of Learned Journals /

Association canadienne des revues savantes

CALJ 2022 Conference at Congress

  • May 12, 2022
  • (EDT)
  • May 13, 2022
  • (EDT)
  • Online


Online/Virtual Gathering

May 12-13, 2022



All times listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Thursday, May 12, 2022

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Indigenous Sovereignty and Editing Practices, Part 2

Continuation of the discussion started at Congress 2021 on ideas, challenges, successes, and ways the scholarly community can best support Indigenous scholarship.

  • Kristina Fagan Bidwell is a Professor of Indigenous Literatures in the English Department at the University of Saskatchewan.  She is currently working on a project on Indigenous-led collaboration in the literary arts.
  • Kaitlin Debicki is Kanien’kehá:ka, Wolf Clan, from Six Nations of the Grand River.  She is a mother, a language learner, and a tree and forest devotee.  As an assistant professor and secret poet, Kaitlin lives an Indigiqueer life in Hamilton, Ontario with her daughter, her mini schnauz, and her ADHD.
  • Armand Garnet Ruffo was born and raised in northern Ontario and is a member of the Chapleau Fox Lake Cree First Nation.  A recipient of a Honourary Life Membership Award from The League of Canadian Poets, he is recognized as a major contributor to both contemporary Indigenous literature and Indigenous literary scholarship in Canada. In 2020, he was awarded the Latner Canada Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize for a body of work, and, in 2021, a Principal’s Teaching and Learning Award from Queen’s University. He currently lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Host: Gordon E. Smith, Professor, Dan School of Drama and Music and General Editor, MUSICultures, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

1:00 to 1:30 p.m. ET Post-panel Discussion (separate link to be provided) 

1:30 - 2:30pm: Author Equity and Inclusion: examining EDI in publishing models and peer review

This panel will address the challenges in improving diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the scholarly community through discussions of business models, communication and the peer review process. 

  • Dr. Bahar Mehmani is Reviewer Experience Lead in the Global STM journals team at Elsevier.  She leads Elsevier's peer review strategy and oversees projects related to researchers' and academics' pain points throughout the peer-review process.  Bahar is a member of the NISO peer review taxonomy working group and the chair of the peer review committee and council member of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE).  She received her PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in 2010. Before joining Elsevier, she was a postdoc researcher at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL).
  • Sara Rouhi, Director of Strategic Partnerships at PLOS, is responsible for developing PLOS' new business growth strategy by identifying and developing new business and partner opportunities focusing on libraries, institutions, societies, other publisher and service providers, and other geographies and sectors currently unexplored by PLOS. A member of the PLOS leadership team, Sara has led the effort to build out PLOS' partnerships with institutions globally, including launching PLOS first non-APC-based business models in 2020:  Flat Fees and PLOS Community Action Publishing (CAP).  The doubling of PLOS international customer base in less than year was the result of extensive consultation with libraries and consortia to understand their needs and challenges during and post-COVID as well as their expectations for transparency and collaboration. In addition to leading of the Partnerships team and collaborating cross functionally on the PLOS leadership team, she is active industry-wide as a member of the SSP Board of Directors and consults for the SPA-OPS work from Plan S and COUNTER and their work around native OA usage status.
  • Alice Meadows is the Director of Community Engagement for NISO (National Information Standards Organization), where she is responsible for engaging with and developing the NISO community, including communicating the value of projects, events, and programs.  Prior to joining NISO, Alice was Director of Communications/ Director of Community Engagement and Support at ORCID.  Before that, she held a variety of senior marketing and communications positions in scholarly publishing at Wiley and (before they were acquired) Blackwell Publishing.  She is also a co-founder of the MoreBrains Cooperative, a consulting organization that specializes in — and supports the values of — open research. Alice is passionate about the need for a robust and open global research infrastructure, and about improving diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility - in scholarly communications and in society at large.
  • Charlotte Roh is a reference and instruction librarian at California State University San Marcos.  She works at the intersection of social justice, scholarly communication, and information literacy.  Her most recent publication is the “Owning the peer review process: If we have to do this work, we should own it” in College and Research Libraries News.

Host: Eugenia Zuroski, Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies and Editor, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

2:30 to 3:00 p.m. ET     Post-panel Discussion (separate link to be provided)

3:00 - 4:00pm: La diffusion internationale des revues francophones canadiennes / International Dissemination of Canadian French-language Journals

Ce panel réunira trois éditeurs et éditrices de revues francophones canadiennes qui, après avoir présenté leur revue, discuteront des enjeux soulevés par la diffusion de contenus canadiens et québécois à l’échelle internationale, ainsi que des stratégies qui ont réussi ou, au contraire, ont été infructueuses.  / This panel will bring together three editors of Canadian French-language journals who, after presenting their journal, will discuss the issues raised by the dissemination of Canadian and Quebec content on an international scale, as well as the strategies that have succeeded or, on the contrary, were unsuccessful.

  • Gillian Lane-Mercier is Full Professor in the Département des littératures de langue française, de traduction et de création at McGill University. Her research interests include the sociology of translation, the history of literary translation in Canada, and Canada’s official language and cultural policies. Her most recent work on cultural and linguistic diversity appears in Collaborative Translation (Bloomsbury 2017), The Fictions of Translation (John Benjamins 2018), Living in Québec: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Intercultural Relations (Peter Lang 2018), Minority Languages, National Languages, and Official Language Policies (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018), TTR (2019), and 150 Years of Canada: Grappling with Diversity since 1867 (Waxmann 2020). She has been the managing editor of TTR – traduction, terminologie et rédaction and a member of the Executive Council of the Canadian Association for Translation Studies since 2021, and has recently joined the Professional Development Committee of the Canadian Association of Learned Journals.
  • Mathieu Pigeon is a graduate of the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information at the Université de Montréal and has been working as an analyst at Érudit since 2016. He works on various projects related to metadata quality, open access and scholarly publishing standards. He is also closely involved in projects related to the adoption of new production tools.   
  • Sylvie Lacombe is Full Professor in the Department of Sociology at Université Laval ; her research is focused on the political ideologies and the many forms of sociocentrism in Québecois and Canadian contexts. She published La rencontre de deux peuples élus. Comparaison des ambitions nationale et impériale au Canada entre 1896 et 1920 in 2002. She has been the director and editor of Recherches sociographiques since 2013. 
  • Simon van Bellen is senior research advisor at Consortium Érudit and is associated with the Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication at Université de Montréal. He aims to explore various aspects of scholarly communication, especially patterns in the use of scientific journals, the development of open access and the evaluation of impact of research and publication. He has particular interest in practices of data analysis, visualization and communication. 

Host: Gillian Lane-Mercier, professeure titulaire au Département des littératures de langue française, de traduction et de creation et rédactrice en chef de TTR – traduction, terminologie et rédaction à l'Université McGill, Montreal, QC

4:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET     Post-panel Discussion (separate link to be provided)

Friday, May 13, 2022

12 - 1:00pm EST: International Keynote Speakers: Introduction to Research4Life

Research4Life is an international organization that provides institutions in low-and middle-income countries with online access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content. The organization aims to improve teaching, research and policymaking in health, agriculture, the environment and other life, physical and social sciences. Since 2002, Research4Life has provided researchers at more than 10,500 institutions in over 125 lower income countries with free or low-cost online access to up 154,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, applied sciences and legal information. This session will include user information on how the access setup works for publishers, as well as a publisher and journal perspective on the experience working with Research4Life.

  • Sandra Shaw is the Editorial and Production Manager for Journals at the University of Toronto Press.  Sandra has over 20 years of experience working in Canadian publishing, with a background in legal and scholarly publishing.  At the University of Toronto Press, Sandra’s team is responsible for the publication of 45+ journals, covering a variety of subjects, including history, theatre, literature, science and education.  Sandra is a member of the Association of University Presses Journals Committee and the University of Toronto Press Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.    
  • Kimberly Parker is the Hinari Programme Manager at the World Health Organization where she coordinates the Hinari Access to Research in Health programme.  Kimberly worked for 18 years at the Yale University Library on science, medical, and electronic publishing issues of librarianship before moving to the World Health Organization in 2008.  The biggest challenge and reward in her role is keeping a far-flung partnership dynamic and vibrant at the beginning of its third decade of engagement as the world of scholarly publishing continues evolving at a rapid pace.  Kimberly benefits from the many connections in the far-flung Research4Life partnership, making friends in all sectors of the world-wide information community.
  • Abdelkerim Belhommania has extensive work experience at two leading and pioneering universities in Morocco, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane and as Library Manager at Mohammed VI University of Health Sciences, Casablanca, Morocco.  His current career interests are digital library development and research intelligence.  He works closely with Mohammed VI University of Health Sciences stakeholders to populate the university library with authoritative world-class electronic journals, books, and educational platforms, in addition to a premium digital newsstand covering international newspapers and magazines.  Outreach activities cover, but not limited to, concluding partnerships with key scientific publishers to accommodate for the constantly evolving learning and research needs, setting-up and managing a university press UM6SS EDITIONS, organizing tailor-made library information literacy workshops on top tier scholarly e-resources, including the state-of-the-art discovery tools:  Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed, Summon, and Dimensions.  He is proud to be part of Research4Life and to contribute to its mission.

Host: Michael Donaldson, Open Access Program Manager, Canadian Science Publishing, Ottawa, ON

1:00 to 1:30 p.m. ET     Post-panel Discussion (separate link to be provided)

1:30 - 2:30: Funding Models: Strategies for journals operating in an open access environment

Participants will address different funding models: accessing funds from federal granting agencies such as SSHRC’s Aid to Scholarly Journals;  Érudit and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network’s Partnership for Open Access, an innovative collaboration between university libraries and scholarly journals generating financial support in an equitable and sustainable open access environment; and surviving on subscriptions while maintaining both independence and association with a scholarly society.

  • Dina Guth is Acting Manager in the Research Grants Portfolio at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).  She is responsible for the delivery of the Aid to Scholarly Journals funding opportunity, and the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program.  She is also part of the management team delivering the flagship Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants funding opportunities.
  • Lorraine Markotic is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary. She is Editor-in-chief of Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy / Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale
  • Jessica Clark is the Project Coordinator of Coalition Publica, a partnership between Érudit and the Public Knowledge Project to advance research dissemination and digital scholarly publishing in Canada.  While her current work focuses on journal publishing, her background is in scholarly book publishing, with previous positions at the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) and the University of Ottawa Press. Open access has been a common aspect of all her professional work to date.

Host: Odile Cisneros, Associate Professor and Editor in chief, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos (RCEH), Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies/Program in Comparative Literature,
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

2:30 to 3:00 p.m. ET     Post-panel Discussion (separate link to be provided) 

3:00 - 4:00pm: Introduction to Scholarly Editing

The role of a scholarly editor is a complex one. Scholarly editors are tasked with not only ensuring the integrity and quality of the work published in their journal but are also responsible for determining journal scope, content commissioning, maintaining a steady paper flow, and coordinating peer-review. In many cases, scholarly editors are also involved with copyediting and managing aspects of journal production and dissemination, among other tasks. The role of the scholarly editor is constantly evolving, and with so many nuances to the role, there are endless opportunities to learn and grow. In this session, a panel of senior and student editors will come together to share their experiences with their roles in an effort to help both new and veteran editors navigate the complexities of scholarly editing.

  • Nadiya Zuk is an undergraduate student from the University of Alberta completing a combined BSc/BEd program.  She is an editor at Spectrum, an interdisciplinary student-run journal supported by the University of Alberta's Undergraduate Research Initiative and the Library Publishing Program.       
  • Shelby Haber is a Master's student in McGill University's Department of English. Her research areas include literary modernism and the representation of Catholicism in literature.  Her most recent project is a YouTube channel on which she shares conversations with fans of James Joyce. Her introduction to scholarly editing was as an editor at one of the University of Alberta's interdisciplinary undergraduate journals, Spectrum. She is the founding managing editor at Caret, a graduate journal run by humanities students at McGill. 
  • Irene Sywenky is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Associate Chair Graduate in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta. She has published on postcolonial and post-imperial cultural spaces in Central and Eastern Europe; border identities and border cultures; memory; cultural translation; urban spaces; ecofictions. She has co-edited critical collections and special journal issues and her articles appeared in edited volumes and international journals. She has been Editor of the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée since 2015.

Host: Leanne Coughlin, Managing Editor, BC Studies, University of British Columbia, BC

4:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET     Post-panel Discussion and Farewell (separate link to be provided)

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