Concordia launches university press

Karen Seidman | Montreal Gazette | October 30, 2016

The Concordia University Press opened for business on Thursday, and is now accepting submissions for scholarly book proposals from around the world as the university ventures into the digital world of publishing with its revolutionary new open-access press.

The first university in Quebec – and only the third in Canada – to offer open-access scholarly book publishing, Concordia is heralding the move as the dawn of a new era.

“This is a very important milestone,” said Guylaine Beaudry, Concordia’s head librarian. “All titles will be available for free online to anyone with an Internet connection. To make all that knowledge available for free – that is truly revolutionary.”

It’s a big deal, she said, because peer-reviewed books are a primary method of scholarly communication. “It is fundamental to teaching and learning, and to the dissemination of new research.”

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