ACUP / APUC Statement in response to the Canadian Scholarly Publishing Working Group Final Report
Over the past year, the Association of Canadian University Presses / Association des presses universitaires canadiennes (ACUP / APUC) has been a participant in the Canadian Scholarly Publishing Working Group (CSPWG), in collaboration with a range of stakeholders in the Canadian scholarly enterprise. We support in principle the central concern of the CSPWG as expressed in the terms of reference: to establish a shared vision, principles and goals that can act as a framework for advanced, robust, sustainable, collaborative models for the widest dissemination of the Canadian scholarly record.
The final report of the CSPWG acknowledges significant points of disagreement during our meetings on how to reach our common objective. While it acknowledges the value of diverse business models and the ‘solid foundation of excellent university presses in Canada,’ the framework proposed is heavily focussed on open access solutions to the challenges of economic sustainability for scholarly publishing, at the expense of market-based or hybrid options. ACUP / APUC is issuing this response to make clear our position regarding sustainability of monograph and journal publishing excellence in Canada.
The Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ) has also issued a response to this report at:
Canadian Scholarly Publishing Working Group Final Report: