Érudit promotes and disseminates research and creation.
Serving the scholarly community and libraries
To promote French-language and bilingual scholarly publications internationally
To support and promote Open Access dissemination
To develop new tools for searching and using data
To accelerate the development of SSH practices and research areas
Érudit is an inter-university consortium and non-profit organization.
Word from the Chairwoman
Collaboration, innovation, and success
These words illustrate a year of outstanding achievement, as well as renewal of the Érudit consortium's strategic vision in 2014-2015.
Autumn 2014 was marked by two major successes for our organization.
First, Érudit was recognized and funded as a Major Scientific Initiative (MSI) by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, becoming the only MSI research platform in humanities and social sciences in Canada. This national recognition has given impetus to our operations and dissemination activities within the Canadian and international scholarly community and has contributed to the organization's technological development.
Second, close collaboration and strategic thinking has helped to establish a major partnership with the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), providing continued financial support for scholarly journals and their dissemination within Canadian university libraries, while initiating support for open access to these journals. This unique partnership is the foundation for a longer-term partnership for scholarly journals in Quebec and Canada in a context of transition.
This year also saw the arrival of Vincent Larivière, holder of the Canada Research Chair on the Transformation of Scholarly Communication and professor at the University of Montréal’s School of Library and Information Sciences, as Érudit’s Scientific Director. As spokesperson for the humanities and social sciences research community within the organization in terms of developing and implementing a strategic vision, Larivière has also contributed to establishing the platform’s research capacity.
These important achievements were made possible by the exceptional work of the Érudit team and the confidence and support of its board of directors. I thank them warmly.
Word from the Executive Director
An expanding organization
Érudit was established in 1998 to support the dissemination of research results and conducted its operation in 2014-2015 fully in line with this commitment:
- By renewing the substantial agreement between journals published on the Érudit platform and Canadian research libraries, the Érudit-CKRN partnership provides a vehicle for scholarly journals transitioning to open access. As such, journals published on Érudit not only benefit from a stable source of revenue from the 53 Canadian partner libraries, but are also ensured of meeting new national and international policies regarding open access to research results. The nature of this agreement, based more on a partnership than commercial relationship, has resulted in the creation of a new fund to allow full open access journals to carry out their publishing activities.
- The appointment of our scientific director, Vincent Larivière, has provided the context for developing new uses of our platform, such as text mining and data viewing. One of his first missions was to assist us in drafting major funding applications to the CFI and SSHRC.
- The arrival of new members to our operations team has enhanced our services to our clients, be they journal editors, librarians, or platform users.
I would like to congratulate the team and thank our Board of Directors, who supported us throughout the year in developing our projects.
Érudit in Numbers
5 general disciplinary fields
28 disciplines represented
165 journals distributed on the Érudit platform
- 135 scholarly journals
- 87 delayed open-access scholarly journals
- 20 full open-access scholarly journals
- 28 archived scholarly journals
- Érudit also harvests the 168 open-access scholarly journals of the French platform Persée and the scientific publisher NRC Research Press.
- 30 cultural journals
- 24 delayed open-access cultural journals
- 6 archived cultural journals
155,985 articles available on Érudit
- 95% of which are Open Access
Consultations and Downloads
countries have visited our website more than 1,000 times
Articles views around the world
Total number of consultations in 2014 – 2015More than 25,000 Less than 1,000
PDF articles downloaded in 2014
articles consulted in 2014
Redistribution of Revenue to journals
This is the amount Érudit redistributed in 2014 to the 127 journals published on its platform, in order to support them in their editorial activities.
These revenues come from institutional subscriptions, Consortium agreements and the CRKN partnership. In particular, the support of 53 CRKN members in the partnership allowing us to build a financial fund to sustain the 20 full open access journals.
Note : Due to the change in the year-end financial year to March 31, the financial statements of Érudit has exceptionally been established over a period of 10 months in 2014-2015.
Achievements of the Year
Major investment by the Canada Foundation for Innovation
Érudit received $1.4 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to bolster its services to the Canadian university community, fuel its technological growth, and support the development of research in the digital humanities, social sciences, and arts.
The grant was awarded as part of the CFI’s Major Science Initiatives Special Competition, which secures and strengthens unique national research facilities. Érudit is considered among the top nine facilities across the country and is the only one to receive support for disciplines in the social sciences, humanities and arts (SSHA). Érudit promotes Canadian research worldwide, and funding from the CFI reaffirms the organization’s unique and vital character for researchers. More info
Canadian partnership signed to support scholarly journals and open-access dissemination
In 2015, Érudit formed a partnership with the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) to support Canadian scholarly publishing and open access dissemination. Bringing together over 100 journals and 53 university libraries across Canada, the partnership guarantees funding for the journals, supports their transition to open access, and offers a new business model for scholarly publishing. More info
Vincent Larivière appointed as Scientific Director
Vincent Larivière was officially appointed Scientific Director of Érudit in April 2015. Specializing in new modes of research dissemination, Larivière holds the Canada Research Chair on the Transformation of Scholarly Communication at the Université de Montréal. He is also assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Sciences and Deputy Scientific Director at the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies.
As Scientific Director, Larivière participates in Érudit’s major strategic planning and acts as a spokesperson for the organization with the research community. He also contributes to discussions on issues affecting scholarly journals, including open access and support for the publication of French-language research. More info
With over 16 years experience in digital publishing, Érudit currently serves over 130 Canadian organizations and institutions, including university presses, scholarly associations, libraries, and research centres.
Based on international standards, our digital publishing chain ensures the creation of well-mapped documents that are easily accessible and provide highly usable research data.
New in 2014-2015
Érudit renewed contracts with all journals published on its platform.
Érudit is committed to ensuring the long-term preservation of XML, XHTML, and PDF files and their metadata.
Dissemination and Referencing
Based on careful content organization and the use of international quality standards, Érudit has signed agreements with major players in the document world.
New in 2014-2015
Signing of agreements with the Scholars Portal and MLA
Journals published on the Érudit platform have access to the Open Journal System (OJS), an online tool for submitting and editing articles.
Érudit offers to its scholarly and cultural journals commercial marketing services geared toward a national and international institutional clientele. In all, more the 600 institutions in 35 countries have title or package subscriptions with Érudit.
New in 2014-2015
Signing of agreement with the CRKN
New team member: the arrival of Émilie Chouinard as Institutional Subscriptions Officer in the fall of 2014 has consolidated our ties with major marketing sources (subscription agents, purchasing consortiums, university libraries).
Érudit provides personalized support to journal editors for all activities related to the production and dissemination of scholarly publications.
Team and Governance
Our team of professionals from the publishing industry and libraries share one passion: the new possibilities that digital publishing offers for research and creation!
Board of Directors
- Dominique Bérubé – Vice-Rector of Research and Creation, Université de Montréal
- Loubna Ghaouti – Library Director, Université Laval
- Lynda Gadoury – Executive Director of Libraries, Université du Québec à Montréal
- Marie-Thérèse Duquette – Director of Programs and Partnership Development, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC)
- Richard Dumont - Executive Director, Libraries Branch, Université de Montréal
- Benoît Melançon - Professor, Department of French Literature, Université de Montréal and Scientific Director, Presses de l’Université de Montréal, Université de Montréal
- Denis Mayrand – Deputy Vice-Rector, Research and Creation, Université Laval
- Philippe Maubant – Director of the journal Phronesis and Professor, Université de Sherbrooke
Members of our Editorial Board
- Hélène Belleau - Director, Enfances, Familles, Générations
- Philippe Maubant - Director, Phronesis
- Bachir Mazouz - Editor, Management International
- Sophie Montreuil - Director and Editor, Revue de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
May New Launch of our blog
Érudit officially launched its blog in May 2014 to provide news about the platform and discuss issues related to academic publishing. More info
14 mai Conference Research Dissemination Committee, CARL
May 29 Conference BCI
August 17 – 20 Conference 80th IFLA Conference
August 23 – 26 Conference 3rd AIFBD Conference
June 26 – July 1st Conference Annual conference of the American Library Association
Las Vegas, United States
October New Creation of a newsletter for the community
Published weekly, Érudit’s newsletter brings information on open access, digital humanities, and the dissemination of research results. More info
October 1st Conference PKP Developers Sprint and Annual General Meeting
November Conference CALJ Bootcamp
November 7 Conference REBICQ Day – "Les bibliothèques, acteurs de changement”
November 20 Conference CASRAI Canada ReConnect14
December 1st – 3 Conference 6th Congrès des milieux documentaires du Québec
January 27 Conference INKE, “Sustaining Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Production”
January 30 Conference Study day on scholarly journals, UQAM
February Conference Study day on digital libraries
April 21 – 22 Conference Study days, "Éditorialisation et nouvelles formes de publications"
Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
May 11 New Launch of our new website
Our platform’s website underwent a major overhaul to present the services offered by Érudit more clearly and accurately. More info
May 25 Conference Scientific forum, "Une plateforme de recherche et d’expérimentation pour l’édition ouverte"
Acfas Conference, Rimouski, Canada
Mai 31 Conference 2015 CALJ-ACRS Conference
Distribution of Incomes and Expenses (on 10 months)
Note : Due to the change in the year-end financial year to March 31, the financial statements of Érudit has exceptionally been established over a period of 10 months in 2014-2015. This change is due to the receipt of funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation 2014-2017 Major Science Initiative.
|Publishing and commercialisation services, partnerships||1 405 000$|
|Government grants||419 000$|
|Contributions of the three consortium members||365 000$|
|Others incomes||2 300$|
|total||2 191 600$|
|Publishing and Commercialisation services, Partnerships||1 010 000$|
|Maintenance and development of technology||258 000$|
|Marketing and promotion||25 000$|
|total||1 855 000$|