Canadian Association of Learned Journals /
Association canadienne des revues savantes
The CALJ Professional Development Committee is very pleased to invite you to our upcoming webinar focused on the current state of accessible digital content in education and scholarly resources. If you ever wondered about any of the following questions, this webinar is for you!
These are just a few considerations when thinking about digital accessibility in education and scholarly communication.
About the Webinar: Accessible Digital Content in Education and Scholarly ResourcesIn this webinar, Michael Johnson, Director Content Partnerships at Benetech, will provide an update on the current state of accessible digital content, including scholarly resources. Along the way, he will offer some thought-provoking numbers and describe some real-world stories about what print-disabled readers require and on how accessible content has changed their lives. The presentation will provide insight into the ways in which scholarly publishers, journals, and technology can enhance digital resources to make them accessible to everyone. After the presentation, Michael will be available for questions from the audience.
Who should attend:
Please join us on January 21, 2020 at 12:00 EST / 9:00 PDT. To register, please contact Ken Clavette at email@example.com. This webinar is offered for free to CALJ members. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and sponsorships are very much appreciated. To sponsor this webinar or another CALJ event, please contact Ken Clavette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Michael JohnsonMichael is a seasoned executive with over 35 years of experience in the technology, publishing, and education markets. Michael works with publishers, conversion vendors, and other partners to ensure that new content is “Born Accessible” (i.e., made accessible to everyone when created) through Benetech’s Global Certified Accessible program, the first-ever program to 3rd-party certify the accessibility of ebooks.
Michael serves on the Higher Education Board of the Software Information and Industry Association. Before that, he was on the Board of Directors for the Association of Educational Publishers.
Benetech works to transform how people with disabilities read and learn, makes it safer for human rights defenders to pursue truth and justice, and connects people to the services they need to live and prosper. One initiative of Benetech is Bookshare, an online tool that aims to assist people with reading barriers, such as dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy.
As space is limited, please register for this webinar by email to Ken Clavette at email@example.com.
Registration is free for CALJ members.
Non-members pay a fee of $50.
The winner of the Scholarly and Research Communication Innovation Award for 2019 is Canadian Literature. Canadian Literature is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of literary criticism and review established in 1959 and published by UBC. The journal fosters wide academic interest in Canadian literature for both academic and general readers. It publishes Canadian and international scholars, writers, and poets in every issue. http://canlit.ca
The award recognizes recent developments in its CanLit Guides, an online, open access, flexible educational resource designed to assist students and educators to critically engage with Canadian writing while promoting independent study. The Guides cover a range of topics of importance to studying, reading, contextualizing, and writing about Canadian literature, including some on literary theory; literary, cultural, and political history; specific authors and works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama; and skills-based research and composition topics. In doing so the Guides promote engagement with the journal and expand the dissemination of its scholarly discourse across a wider audience.
Canadian Literature’s 2018 Collection consists of 16 new Guides, written and peer-reviewed by field experts and edited by the CanLit Guides team. The Collection is distinctive for its content, the organization of production, and the means of access in a variety of ways.
The results have been dramatic. Since the May 2018 launch, CanLit Guides has been visited over 200,000 times by a global audience of users in 178 countries. Total page views have doubled, the number of users has more than doubled, and the number of Canadian users has increased by 75 percent.
Congratulations to Canadian Literature and particularly to the team responsible for the 2018 Collection and the reconfiguration of the website to encourage interactivity with the journal.
Our thanks go out to all journals that submitted nominations for the awards. We look forward to next year’s submissions.
The judges for the 2019 awards were:
Suzanne Kettley, Executive Director, Canadian Science Publishing
Antonia Pop, Director, Journals, University of Toronto Press
Eugenia Zuroski, Editor, Eighteenth-Century Fiction.
Chair: Rowland Lorimer. Publisher and Editor, Scholarly and Research Communication
The Scholarly and Research Communication Innovation Awards provide recognition to outstanding journal work and highlight the contributions that journals make to scholarly discourse. In a time of prevailing attention to open access, it is important to ensure that the means remain in place for journals to continue their good work in serving and building research communities. It is also important to recognize initiatives that journals are taking to respond to opportunities that digital technology making possible. The SRC Innovation Awards are also intended to encourage Canadian journals to engage in innovation with an eye on enhancing impact.
Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018. The plan is supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders. Plan S requires that, from 2020, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms. The Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ-ACRS) sees this as a laudable goal, and indeed, for a number of years, CALJ-ACRS has supported the principle of open access (OA). The promotion of open access, however, must be pursued within the following contexts:
(1) respect for the freedom of academics to select the most appropriate venue for the publication of their research;
(2) global research and scholarly publishing realities and needs;
(3) the long-term viability of scholarly communication and the varying needs of diverse research communities.
CALJ Submission to cOAlition S
The purpose of the SRC Scholarly and Research Communication awards is not only to provide recognition to outstanding work but also to highlight the contributions that journals make to scholarly discourse. In a time of prevailing attention to open access, it is important to ensure that the means remain in place for journals to continue their good work in serving and building research communities. It is also important to recognize initiatives that journals are taking to respond to opportunities that digital technology making possible. The SRC Innovation Awards are also intended to encourage Canadian journals to engage in innovation with an eye on enhancing impact. 2019 year’s submissions now being accepted - deadline April 30th.
As previously announced, the CALJ Professional Development Committee is organizing a webinar focused on effective social media strategies for journals to be led by Marketing Strategist Monique Sherrett. Please join us on January 16, 2019 at 9:00 PDT / 12:00 EST. If you have already registered, you will receive access information closer to the date. Registration is still open and there are still spaces available. To register, please contact Ken Clavette at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible as space is limited.
This webinar is offered for free to CALJ members. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and sponsorships are very much appreciated. To sponsor this webinar or another CALJ event, please contact Ken Clavette at email@example.com.
About the Webinar: Effective Social Media Strategies for Journals
Whether you want to take your publications to the next level or brush up on your skills with the latest up-to-date social media strategies and tactics, this webinar will help you gain more value from every dollar and minute you invest in social media. More specifically, the 1-hour session will cover digital marketing strategies and social media marketing for scholarly journals, the top 3 online tools used by journals, and the steps for building a reporting framework to manage and measure social media efforts. You can expect practical advice, examples of effective strategies and tactics, and a prioritized list of action items for your 2019 digital marketing plan.
About Monique Sherrett
Monique Sherrett has a passion for all things digital, in particular using analytics to measure and improve marketing communications. Monique began her career as the internet marketing manager at Raincoast Books, where she spearheaded the first Harry Potter online campaigns, as well as the launch of Raincoast's podcast series and blog in 2005. She founded Boxcar Marketing in 2007 and has continued to help organizations drive traffic to their sites, analyze the impact that traffic has on the bottom line, and identify actionable insights from reams of data. In addition to analytics consulting, Monique is Visiting Professor at Simon Fraser University and Guest Editor for the Scholarly and Research Communication (SRC) Special Issue “The Future of Scholarly Publishing: Algorithms, Bots, Usage, Big Data, Visualization, and AI.” Monique’s 1-minute marketing tips can be found on YouTube.com/BoxcarMarketing or on the Boxcar Marketing website https://boxcarmarketing.com/.
Registration: As space is limited, please register for this webinar by email to Ken Clavette at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is free for CALJ members. Non-members pay a fee of $50.
To learn more about CALJ events, please contact Ken Clavette at email@example.com.
Professional Development & Training Committee
Canadian Association of Learned Journals/ Association canadienne des revues savantes
This webinar is made possible thanks to our sponsors:
Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing Journal Services, Canadian Science Publishing, University of Toronto Press
The purpose of the SRC Scholarly and Research Communication awards is not only to provide recognition to outstanding work but also to highlight the contributions that journals make to scholarly discourse. In a time of prevailing attention to open access, it is important to ensure that the means remain in place for journals to continue their good work in serving and building research communities. It is also important to recognize initiatives that journals are taking to respond to opportunities that digital technology are making possible. The SRC Innovation Awards are also intended to encourage Canadian journals to engage in innovation with an eye on enhancing impact. We look forward to next year’s submissions.
The winner of the inaugural Scholarly and Research Communication Innovation Award is Canadian Science Publishing’s FACETS Journal, Canada’s first multidisciplinary, open access science journal. In making their decision on the award, the judges took particular note of FACETS launch success – since its 2016 launch it has already published over 100 articles and is closing in on 100,000 page views. Its emphasis on both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinarity with its integrative Science section has provided Canadian (and other) scientists with a forum to speak across disciplines. Added to this, its plain language summaries and continuing use of Twitter have already strengthened the community of researchers and citizens with an interest in science. FACETS also received commendation for its maintenance of the high quality of vetting for which Canadian Science Publishing is already known. Complementary to these praiseworthy characteristics is the use of mobile friendly design, Altmetric journal scoring, and an inaugural application of an XML foundation provided by Atypon. In terms of recognition, in a first of its kind, the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Science has endorsed FACETS as its official journal.
The winner of the Scholarly and Research Communication Innovation Award for Social Science and Humanities Journals is the Toronto Journal of Theology for its video introductory presentations of both journal issues and individual articles. In one recent instance, not only are site users introduced to the topic and the author but also the author’s acapella rendition of the song that is the focus of the author’s textual exploration. The video abstracts help situate the scholarship for readers, allowing them to see and hear elements that are not necessarily communicated through print alone. Clearly, there is a welcome humanizing element in such introductions.
It should be noted that the resources required to launch and carry forward FACETS dwarf the needed investment to add well-produced introductory videos. The judges felt that it was appropriate to recognize the vast diversity that exists in Canada’s journal community.
A number of other submissions were made. Each had its own strengths. In particular, two impressed the jury. In one, the submitting journal emphasized its efforts to reflect the co-engagements of researchers with research populations to take on real world problems. At the same time, the journal staff noted a real excitement in the journal world surrounding emerging possibilities focused on multi-sensory research and documentation. The other notable entry outlined its efforts to increase reader and author engagement through topic modelling, a technique for describing a large corpus of documents by means of weighted measurements of a finite number of topics. In this instance the development of such a tool was in its early stages and this awards program would welcome a subsequent submission as the tool is finalized, tested and applied. Our thanks go out to all journals who submitted nominations for the awards.
The judges for the 2018 awards were:
Philippa Benson, Managing Editor, Science Advances, an open access journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Adrian Stanley, Vice President, Global Business Development, Journals, Digital Science
Eugenia Zuroski, Editor, Eighteenth-Century Fiction
Chair: Rowland Lorimer. Publisher and Editor, Scholarly and Research Communication
Canadian scholarly journals are invited to submit an application for the 2018 inaugural Scholarly and Research Communication* Innovation Award.
The intent of the SRC-Innovation Award is to recognize and publicize new Canadian scholarly journal communication initiatives that are designed to increase the influence of a journal among readers and are noted by peers as significant. More generally, the Award is intended to underline the creative and innovative contributions that scholarly journals make to effective and inspired scholarly communication.
Journals are encouraged to describe the nature of the innovation, its intended impact, and its actual results. There is no formal application form. Please see attached poster for details.
The SRC-Innovation Award will be bestowed for the first time at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Learned Journals in late May, 2018. The award will be recognized in the form of a certificate and the freedom to cite the award. Should entrance fees generate greater revenue than administrative costs, a monetary award will be forthcoming.
The call for submissions is open until April 30, 2018. For further details on this new award, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ) is pleased to offer 2 student scholarships to this year’s Annual Conference. Students interested should be involved in journal publishing or a related field of study.
Scholarship covers Congress Registration and CALJ Conference registration (Breakfast and Lunch both days are included). Dead line to apply is Friday April 28, 2018.
Applicants should send a brief reply outlining their interest in attending.
Please apply by email – email@example.com
Many of you will know from previous posts to the CALJ listserv that CALJ applied to the Department of Canadian Heritage — Canada Periodical Program — for funds to develop an analytics package that would provide each journal with a set of measures of their readership that is easy to understand and can be shared with others i.e., who reads what articles, from what source (your website, an aggregator), where the reader is located, when the reading took place, and what was read (title and abstract, pdf, html). The measures are not many but they provide considerable insight and in these days of measuring everything, the data will come in handy for submissions to funders, and providing feedback to authors.
I am pleased to inform you that we have received funds and that the project will be getting off the ground in the near future.
Rowland Lorimer will be directing the project so all inquiries and comments should be directed to him.
The main work of the study will have two parts.
1. Hire a programmer/data scientist to create a database that will allow the project to create a page (or 2) of summary analytics for each journal composed of the most important measures on online usage (layout, to the extent that it is possible, like Google analytics). It will also compile the data so that CALJ can create annual performance measures for the membership as a whole.
2. Allows journals to easily query their data, e.g., what were the most often read articles in 2017 compared with 2016 on your website.
There may be some room for journals other than those who wrote letters of support to join the pilot group of journals the data of which will populate the database as it develops. Should you be interested in possible participation, please let Rowly know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank Rowly for his skillful work in putting together the grant application for this project. It was no small feat and was effective in persuading Canadian Heritage to fund us.
President, Canadian Association of Learned Journals/
Executive Director, Canadian Science Publishing
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