Concordia University Press was established in 2016. The Press is an arm’s-length organization of Concordia University. It supports Concordia's commitment to innovation and its desire to transform the individual and strengthen society. An Editorial Board of Concordia faculty is responsible for approving all titles published under the imprint of the Press. Its members also provide guidance and support for acquisitions and help set the Press’s editorial policy. A Board of Directors, composed of Concordia academic administrators and faculty, oversees the Press's operations. Concordia University Press is an introductory member of the Association of University Presses (AUP).
The Press acknowledges the generous support of the Birks Family Foundation and Brian and Carolyn Neysmith.
Concordia University Press takes advantage of open access to make research available to a global readership. This is a time of transition in publishing. The Internet has profoundly changed the ways in which people find and engage with information, including the scholarly monograph. Publishers as well as libraries are providing more access to digital books and technology is allowing scholars to share their research in new ways.
Concordia University Press aims to diversify the publishing landscape by offering authors a credible, trusted option for the production, dissemination, and preservation of their works while holding to the highest standards of peer review and editorial rigour.
Concordia University Press's books will be published digitally and made available for free to any reader around the world. Print editions will be available for sale to individuals and to libraries. In 2017 the Press signed a distribution and marketing agreement with UBC Press. This means that Concordia University Press's printed English-language titles will be marketed around the globe and widely available.
Other academic presses that have adopted an open access model in whole or in part include University of California Press, University of Michigan Press, Amherst College Press, Athabasca University Press, UCL Press, University of Ottawa Press, and University of Calgary Press, among others.
Why Concordia Created a Scholarly Press
Concordia believes in the book and in the democratization of scholarship. In many disciplines the monograph is the primary medium for the transmission and sharing of knowledge. Concordia University Press reaffirms the University’s mission to enrich the world through the dissemination of research.
Guylaine Beaudry, Vice-Provost, Digital Strategy, and University Librarian
Antoine Bilodeau, Professor of Political Science
Jason Camlot (Chair), Professor of English and Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
Linda Dyer, Professor of Management and Chair, Department of Management
David Morris, Professor of Philosophy
Johanne Sloan, Professor of Art History
Board of Directors
Guylaine Beaudry, Vice-Provost, Digital Strategy, and University Librarian* (Chair)
Jason Camlot, Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science*
Graham Carr, Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs*
Govind Gopakumar, Associate Professor and Chair, Centre for Engineering in Society
Christophe Guy, Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies*
Rebecca Duclos, Dean, Faculty of Fine of Arts
Lorie Kloda, Associate University Librarian, Planning and Community Relations
Shannon McSheffrey, Professor of History
André Roy, Dean, Facutly of Arts and Science
Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.
To learn more, visit Concordia's Indigenous Directions Leadership Group.