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Association canadienne des revues savantes


  • October 26, 2020 8:59 AM | Anonymous

    The discussion of diversity and inclusion is not a new topic in the area of scholarly publishing and scholarly communications. Given the emergence of organizations such as the Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC), among others, this presentation will share some considerations on diversity and inclusion with regards to:

    • The publishing environment (What are the equity/diversity/inclusion [EDI] initiatives at the institution where you publish?)
    • The editors/staff (Who is making decisions, and do they take into consideration EDI?)
    • The authors (Is there diversity in who is published? In who is asked to peer review?)
    • The journal content (Do you practice inclusive editing? Does your journal include a land acknowledgment? Do your journal’s articles situate their content with regards to the parameters of inclusion/exclusion?)

    Lauren Bosc, Research Coordinator at the Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures & Managing Editor of Jeunesse | CALJ-ACRS Board Member.

    Thanks to our sponsors:

    Canadian Science Publishing
    University of Toronto Press - Journals
    BC Studies
    Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures

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    TO REGISTER for the webinar series, please go to:

    Registration is free for all CALJ-ACRS members, $50/ webinar for non-members.

  • September 15, 2020 9:06 AM | Anonymous

    The Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting new members, partners, and volunteers. C4DISC was originally formed in 2017 by a small group of trade and professional associations, including CALJ-ACRS, to discuss and address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the scholarly communications industry. To learn more about C4DISC, please visit

  • September 14, 2020 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    Last Wednesday of the Month! – September 30, 2020 12:30 ET

    Join CALJ-ACRS for our upcoming webinar on developments in open access publishing and hear about various models explored globally!

    In this session, expert panelists discuss emerging open access (OA) business models in the evolving scholarly communications ecosystem. This session will include a presentation on perceptions of open access among scholars, discuss some of the business models that are being considered by non-profit publishers of journals and monographs, and explore the complexities of some of the more common transformative agreements in development.

  • August 14, 2020 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    Last Wednesday of the Month! -- August 26, 2020 12:30 ET

    Join CALJ-ACRS for our first webinar of the fall season and hear directly from librarians about trends in purchasing!

    How do librarians decide which journals to add to their library’s collection? What can journal editors do to make their journals more appealing to collections librarians? How are librarians financially supporting open access publishing?

    In this panel, you’ll hear from librarians at three research-intensive Canadian universities. They will provide an inside perspective about the factors they consider when making purchasing decisions about journals, including a look at consortial purchasing, usage statistics, and faculty feedback. They will also talk about various ways that they are supporting open access publishing, from “subscribe to open” initiatives to membership programs. Spoiler alert: none of these libraries has a fund to support individual researchers to pay article processing charges. Our panelists will give you the reasons why they don’t and what they’re doing instead.

    How do librarians decide which journals to add to their library’s collection? What can journal editors do to make their journals more appealing to collections librarians? How are librarians financially supporting open access publishing? In this panel, you’ll hear from librarians at three research-intensive Canadian universities. They will provide an inside perspective about the factors they consider when making purchasing decisions about journals, including a look at consortial purchasing, usage statistics, and faculty feedback.

    Kristin Hoffman, Research & Scholarly Communication Librarian, Western Libraries
    Mariya Maistrovskaya, Digital Publishing Librarian, UofT Libraries
    Janice Adlington, Head, Collections & Content Strategy, McMaster

    Antonia Pop, Chair of the CALJ-ACRS Professional Development & Training Committee and Vice President, Journals, University of Toronto Press

    This panel discussion will take the format of a Q&A, and we want to hear your questions! Questions will be welcome during the webinar and we also welcome questions in advance. To send us questions in advance, please contact our moderator, Antonia Pop at

    Our sponsors:

    UT Press Journals & Canadian Science Publishing

    Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures as a technology sponsor for all webinars

  • August 11, 2020 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    A new diversity, equity, and inclusion resource for scholarly publishing professionals is now available. Published by Toolkits for Equity in Scholarly Publishing project volunteers, the Antiracism Toolkit for Allies is the first in a series of three, designed to provide antiracism resources for allies; for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour; and for organizations within the scholarly publishing community.

    The kit was modeled after the American Alliance of Museums’ guides for transgender inclusion, and provides a common framework specific to the scholarly publishing community for:

    • analysis,
    • a shared vocabulary and history,
    • best practices to address racial disparities.

    The toolkit is hosted by the Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC) and can be downloaded from its website. It’s published under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. It is hoped it will be used by individuals and organizations in the community for their own personal development and in organization-wide training programs. Users are encouraged to redistribute and customize the toolkits for their own use.


    For more information, contact:
    Toolkits for Equity in Scholarly Publishing

    CALJ-ACRS are founding members the Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC). We are represented by Lauren Bosc, Managing Editor, Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures and a member of the CALJ-ACRS Board of Directors.

  • June 12, 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    We’re going virtual this year!


    Please register

    Article 7 (iii) – Membership Class A

    Each member may name up to three (3) individuals from their journal or organization (including emeritus individuals), who, as set out in the articles, shall be entitled to receive notice of, attend, and vote at all meetings of members. Notwithstanding the number of representatives named by a Class A member, each Class A member shall be entitled to one (1) vote at such meetings.

    For a copy of the CALJ constitution

    Emmanuel Hogg
    President, CALJ

  • May 06, 2020 9:20 AM | Anonymous

    As the current crisis unfolds, a strong sense of community among journals is as important as ever. CALJ continues and will continue to support and advocate Canadian journals through this time of uncertainty.

    We want to reach out to members to learn how you are affected by the COVID-10 pandemic. The CALJ Executive wants to make sure we understand the full impact the crisis has had on the industry in order to advocate strongly to partners, stakeholders, and governments.

    Please contact us at any time to give us a sense of the challenge’s individual journals, publishers, and editors are facing, and feel free to use the Listserv to reach out to other journals and other members of the community.

    We will be communicating with you via email, the Listserv, and our social media platforms over the coming weeks on a variety of important topics; please keep an eye out for them so you don’t miss important updates on:

    • CALJ Membership Renewals during the Pandemic
    • The CALJ Webinar Series schedule, which will be replacing this year’s face to face conference
    • Information and scheduling on our Annual Meeting of the Members
    • An update on CALJ-RAP

    This week’s topic (below) deals with assisting the research and education community during the pandemic. If any of the options listed below make sense to your journal, please reach out to the appropriate organization or add to the listed Google Doc.

    We also invite you to use the Listserv to discuss with your colleagues measures your journal have taken.

    The CALJ Executive wants to take this opportunity to wish you, your colleagues, family, and friends good health during this very difficult period.

    Please stay safe.

    How journals can help the research and educational communities during the pandemic:

    If you are like us, you’ve begun receiving requests from the community about what rights your journal is extending during the pandemic to ensure learned content is available, as academics work from home and the education community rapidly switches to online learning. Below is a list of ways you can assist in making your journal content available to your readers who are working or studying from home. The CALJ Executive is neither endorsing nor recommending against any of these; we are simply making you aware a few initiatives, knowing many of you want to do what you can to help during this significant event. Included at the end is a note on the importance of communication should you decide to extend extra rights during this period:

    1. Access Copyright (contact has sent us a request to consider facilitating online learning in Canada:

    “Like publishers across the country, we are examining how we might assist proactively the education sector in this time of need as they urgently work to move instruction from the classroom to online. We know that publishers are receiving requests from instructors across the country and would like to find a simple way to grant the request for the right to use their content. We examined whether AC can offer a service similar to the Education Continuity Licence offered by the CCC. The CCC licence is currently offered only to US institutions. You can access more details about the licence here: Education Continuity License.

    As a goodwill gesture, we would like to offer a service to Canadian educational institutions that would:

    • On behalf of opt-in publishers, license the reuse of their repertoire by allowing additional use of materials that the use has lawfully acquired (no content delivery)
    • The use must be to facilitate online education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Require the reporting of titles used
    • Be at no cost to the user
    • Run to August 1, 2020”

    In a further email discussion, AC clarified that:

    • What they are proposing is not access to the content itself but rather the right to copy and share the content the institutions already have legal access to.
    • They would offer the repertoire of only those publishers that wish to Opt-in.
    • It would be open to educational institutions that complete a form indicating the works that they are using.
    • The use would be limited to educational institutions for educational purposes.
    • No work beyond Opting-in is expected

    2. Places you can document what your journal is doing in the face of COVID 19.

    a. The International Coalition of Library Consortia has issued a statement about the pandemic they are looking for help from publishers and have created a Google doc to document the rights we are granting:

    b. Another Google Doc is being maintained by Sam Simas (Digital Services & Research Librarian) & Rachael Juskuv (Research & Instruction Librarian), Bryant University Library and is available to record the rights you are granting:

    Communicating the extension of content rights:

    Communication around licence and rights changes will be important, and there was a good post in the Scholarly Kitchen that touched on this subject a couple of weeks ago:

    An interesting excerpt from that blog follows:

    From Rick Anderson: “First, publishers should remember that it takes very little time for temporary access to begin feeling like an entitlement. If you open up access to a very expensive and high-demand medical journal for a three-month period during a health crisis, doctors and researchers on a medical campus will be grateful and relieved for the first few days, and will then quickly get used to having that access. When the access goes away, it will likely be a jolting experience for them. To be clear: this is not a reason not to open up access during a crisis; however, it is a reason to think carefully about your communication with both libraries and end-users before, during, and after the crisis period.”

  • April 17, 2020 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    In view of the ongoing epic disruption of our lives by the COVID-19 virus there has been a postponement of the 3rd annual Journal Innovation Award for one year.

    Thanks for your understanding.

  • February 12, 2020 9:27 AM | Anonymous

    Early bird rate prior to March 31st

    You don’t want to miss the session and the presenters being organized for this year.


  • February 05, 2020 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    2020 Annual CALJ Conference | Friday May 29 – Sunday May 31st University of Western Ontario | London ON

    CALJ is pleased to announce that again this year we are offering free pre-conference sessions on Friday, May 29th, for those of you who register with the Congress for our regular Saturday and Sunday May 30th & 31st conference (the Friday will not appear in the Congress schedule).

    Our program is coming together nicely. The following sessions have been confirmed by our Professional Development & Training committee, which is working hard to bring in a variety of industry experts to talk to us about both strategic and practical topics with lots of opportunities for you to ask questions and interact with your colleagues.

    • Social Media - Value & how to focus your efforts
    • Data Management/Availability Policies - helping your authors comply
    • Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications – considerations & current trends

    Look for regular updates on our program in the coming months.

    Congress is ready to process your registration for this year’s conference. Sign up now and enjoy the early bird rates:

    Congress 2020
    Register Now

    You do not need to be a CALJ member to register for our conference; please share this development opportunity with your colleagues and contacts so that we can all join the conversation.

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