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  • June 14, 2021 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    One of our newest initiatives is our monthly "Industry News" newsletter. This newsletter features articles, videos, guides, and other material relevant to our membership and the broader Canadian scholarly publishing community. If you aren't already subscribed to our newsletters, head to our homepage to signup. And if you have something you would like included in our next newsletter, please email it to communications@calj-acrs.ca.

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  • June 11, 2021 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    SCHOLARLY & RESEARCH COMMUNICATION–CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF LEARNED JOURNALS JOURNAL INNOVATION AWARD

    Scholarly & Research Communication and the Canadian Association of Learned Journals are proud to announce the winner of the 2021 SRC–CALJ Journal Innovation Award.

    THE AWARD

    This award recognizes outstanding journal work and highlights the contributions that journals make to scholarly discourse. In a time of great upheaval in scholarly communications and journal publishing, and especially in the face of difficult challenges posed by the pandemic, it is important to shine a light on the continuing work journals do in serving and building research communities. It is also important to recognize initiatives that journals are taking to respond to opportunities that digital technology make possible. The SRC–Journal Innovation Award is intended to encourage Canadian journals to engage in innovation with an eye on enhancing impact.

    THE WINNER

    The winner of the 2021 SRC–CALJ Journal Innovation Award is Encounters in Theory and History of Education / Encuentros en Teoría e Historia de la Educación / Rencontres en Théorie et Histoire de l'Éducation, an open access, trilingual, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary publication that aims to generate vigorous scholarly dialogue among educational researchers in the theories and histories of education. From its beginnings in 2000 its objective has been to generate a space for democratic access to knowledge and to serve as a forum to present and discuss the theory and history of education in a global space.

    In making their decision on the award, the judges were impressed by the active innovations being made by the journal in both design and media. They took particular note of the journal’s new Digital Media and Methods Section, which includes supplementary, downloadable videos that can be stored and referred to later with ease. An example is in their 2020 issue, where the article “Senses of nation, pedagogical reflection in the change of script in the national historical museum” was accompanied by a 7-minute video that tours the temporary exhibition of the National Historical Museum of Chile. The video “Synopsis, senses of the nation” reflects upon the challenges that a national history museum faces in the 21st century.

    In addition to providing downloadable videos, Encounters in Theory and History of Education also incorporates interviews and art with each of its issues; the culmination of all these innovations is a visual sensation for the reader. And, finally, the fact that it is trilingual, open access, and global makes this a truly inclusive and diverse journal. The efforts of the editorial team to engage readers by using design and media have clearly paid off. Registered users have almost doubled since 2014 and the rate of article views has increased 43%.

    Congratulations to the team at Encounters in Theory and History of Education for developing a pedagogical journal that is accessible, international, inclusive, and multimodal.

    OTHER ENTRIES

    We received a number of other noteworthy entries that we also wanted to highlight.

    One was a bilingual journal engaged in increasing the production of videos and podcasts to supplement the journal’s issues, articles, and conferences.

    • One focussed on activities that resulted in dramatic improvements in a number of journal metrics, including submissions (and the number of countries from which submissions came), annual downloads, citation ranking, and institutional accessibility. The commitment and energy of the editor was praiseworthy, indeed, as she worked with researchers and research groups to convene workshops, helped set up mentoring relationships to improve the rigor of research and manuscript quality, and focused on underserved content areas.
    • One journal extended its circulation by cooperating with a digital platform, producing bimonthly paper summaries for students, publishing poster and other conference abstracts, and giving special attention to COVID research.
    • One journal was involved in opening access and enhancing the online reading experience, metadata for its archives, and facilitating accurate citations.

    We extend our thanks to all journals who submitted nominations for the award and we look forward to next year’s submissions.

    The judges for the 2021 award were:

    • Eugenia Zuroski, Editor, Eighteenth-Century Fiction
    • Robert Harington, Associate Executive Director, Publishing, American Mathematical Society
    • Rowland Lorimer. Publisher and Editor, Scholarly and Research Communication

    Chair: Suzanne Kettley. Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Science Publishing

  • June 09, 2021 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Colleagues,

    The evaluation of SSHRC’s Aid to Scholarly Journals (ASJ) program has recently been completed.

    The Evaluation is available here: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/about-au_sujet/publications/evaluations/2020/evaluation_report_asj-rapport_evaluation_aide-revues-savantes-eng.aspx

    The Management Response and Action Plan to the Final Evaluation Report is available here: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/about-au_sujet/publications/evaluations/2020/management_response_asj-reponse_de_la_gestion_aide_revues_savantes-eng.aspx

    As a reminder, CALJ hosted a webinar on the Evaluation of the ASJ in November 2020. The webinar is available for (re)viewing here: https://youtu.be/mYwu9j_dr4g.

    Best regards,

    Antonia Pop
    President
    Vice President, Journals, University of Toronto Press

  • June 04, 2021 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF LEARNED JOURNALS

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - 2021

    THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 1:00PM (EST) - ZOOM

    AGENDA:

    1. Call to order and approval of the agenda - For approval - Antonia Pop
    2. Approval of Minutes of the 2020 AGM - For approval (page 2) - Antonia Pop
    3. Executive Director’s Report - For information (page 21) - Ken Clavette
    4. President’s Report - For information (page 25) - Antonia Pop
    5. Treasurer’s Report - For approval (page 29) - Suzanne Kettley
    6. Professional Development Committee - For information (page 33) - Leanne Coughlin
    7. Communications Committee - For information (page 37) - Emmanuel Hogg
    8. C4DISC Report - For approval (page 39) - Lauren Bosc
    9. Charter on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization in the Social Sciences and Humanities - For approval (Page 43) - Antonia Pop
    10. Election - For approval (page 54) - Antonia Pop
    11. Other Business -For information - Antonia Pop
    12. Adjournment

    VIEW AND DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE AGM PACKAGE HERE.

  • May 20, 2021 11:21 AM | Anonymous

    CONFRONTING THE LEGACIES OF COLONIALISM IN ACADEMIC PUBLISHING

    SPONSORED BY THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF LEARNED JOURNALS

    PART OF CONGRESS 2021 CAREER CORNER SERIES, OPEN EVENT

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2021, 1:00-2:30PM MT

    This workshop is open to all CONGRESS participants. How do today’s increasingly diverse and precarious university educators maintain research agendas that balance their scholarly interests, complex lives, and interests in innovative scholarly approaches and data sources with demands from employers to continually demonstrate ‘currency’ through ongoing publications? Discussants in this workshop represent scholars in many life stages who navigate such challenges, including those with experience in traditional and new media academic publishing, editorial and peer-review functions, and ranking applicants’ publications for lecturer positions. More info HERE.

  • April 21, 2021 11:24 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    Thank you again for your feedback regarding the discussion to withdraw our association’s conference from Congress this year. The CALJ Board of Directors considered the situation very thoroughly. While the feedback we received from you was mixed, we agreed with the comments from some of you that the Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA)’s statement regarding its decision to withdraw from Congress 2021 was not necessarily a call for a boycott, but instead an encouragement to other associations to think critically about their engagement in antiracist work and centring the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC).

    As such, the CALJ Board of Directors has decided to participate in Congress 2021 for our conference this year, and use Congress 2021 as a platform to continue the important work of actively engaging in decolonial frameworks and to promote inclusive editing practices with our members. As another member noted in the survey, Congress is a forum for connection and discussion on topics such as diversity and equity, and the benefits we gain from staying connected with this community will allow us to take part in these important dialogues.

    We are encouraged by the Federation of the Social Sciences and Humanities’ recently released report on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decolonization (EDID), which outlines promising recommendations for enacting meaningful change related to anti-Black racism and colonialism at Congress this year and in the future. We recognize that while this work should have been done sooner, it represents a genuine attempt to be proactive in embedding anti-oppressive frameworks and practices into the Federation and its activities. Given the breadth and interconnectedness of the scholarly communications community in Canada, we respect the decision of the BCSA and other associations who are supporting them to not attend Congress this year, notwithstanding the fact that we also think it is important for societies and associations, the Federation, and host universities to come together to the proverbial table and work through these systemic issues together.

    We plan to open our conference with a panel centring on Indigenous editing practices in scholarly journals; we will also hopefully include a session on mentoring and inclusivity in editing. Both sessions serve to function as a first step towards thinking critically about how CALJ can act as a forum for anti-oppressive work in scholarly communications. We recognize that this work is ongoing. CALJ is committed to continuing the conversation with its members beyond this year’s programming. We are also planning to make space for discussion at this year’s Annual General Meeting as to how we can continue to prioritize marginalized voices in our journals and the scholarly communications community more broadly.

    We welcome your input and engagement on this decision and the work of CALJ moving forward.

    Sincerely,
    The CALJ Board of Directors

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  • March 24, 2021 11:27 AM | Anonymous

    From November 2020 to January 2021, CALJ conducted a survey to better understand how the journal community in Canada has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was shared with members of CALJ, with the journals currently hosted on Érudit, and with the wider Canadian scholarly journal community.

    A total of 58 Canadian journals completed the survey. The results and the raw data relating to their responses is found below.

    CALJ would like to thank Érudit for their assistance in drafting the survey as well as in distributing the survey.

    Read the Survey Report

  • March 10, 2021 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    In February, we welcomed Dr. Jessica DeWitt to the CALJ Team as our new Communication and Promotions Coordinator! Jessica is an environmental historian, editor, and digital communications strategist. Jessica will work with CALJ to effectively communicate and promoted the work of the organization, membership, and broader Canadian scholarly journal community.

  • February 12, 2021 11:34 AM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce that the application process for the 2021 SRC/CALJ Journal Innovation Award is now open.

    This award recognizes innovation implemented or first measured in 2019 or 2020 by a Canadian scholarly journal and which is focussed on enhancing readership and/or other forms of engagement with journal content.

    This is our opportunity to showcase the innovation that’s happening in Canada with our scholarly journals!

    Prize:

    The winner will receive a certificate honouring their achievements as well as a free annual membership to CALJ, and an announcement will be posted on CALJ and SRC websites. The winner will be announced at the CALJ Annual Meeting in May.
    Eligibility criteria and the application process.

    Deadline for applications:
    Midnight EDT, April 30, 2021

    POSTER

    Prior winners of the SRC/CALJ Award:

    Canadian Literature for its CanLit Guide

    The Toronto Journal of Theology for its video introductions

    FACETS – for its innovative multidisciplinary publishing format

  • January 20, 2021 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    CALJ-ACRS Annual Conference is going virtual this year. We will be taking part in the Congress but since we can't meet in person we'll be gathering on-line.

    Plan on joining us on May 27th & 28th

    2021 Congress is going Virtual!
    The 90th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
    Hosted virtually from the University of Alberta
    May 27 - June 4, 2021

    9 days, 47 associations, 1,000 events, 6,500 people - will you be there?
    REGISTER NOW!
    Early-bird rate expires March 31, 2021

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