Concordia creates QC’s first open-access academic press

October 28, 2016

Concordia has launched what is reportedly the first open-access academic press in Quebec, and one of few in North America. Beginning in 2017, the Concordia University Press will begin publishing books in both French and English, offering free digital versions and paid paper copies. The stated goals of the initiative are to diversify the publishing landscape, adhere to the highest standards of peer review and editorial rigour, and “reaffirm Concordia’s mission to enrich the world by sharing groundbreaking research.” “The creation of Concordia University Press supports our university’s commitment to innovation through our embrace of next generation scholarly publishing that is digital and open access,” said Concordia Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs Graham Carr. “It confirms our belief in the social and scholarly relevance of books and of their adaptability, as form and content, to technology and cultural change.” Concordia