JSP headerJournal of Scholarly Publishing Special Issue: Digital Publishing for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Deadline: July 15, 2016

Send all submissions to: jsp@utpress.utoronto.ca

Digital forms of scholarship present opportunities and challenges for scholarly publishers, who until recently have been used to defining their work as the production of books and journals in the material medium of print. Now that digital technology has liberated books and journals, as forms, from the necessary materiality of print, the forms of scholarship are being reimagined in ways that were previously not possible.

For a special issue of the Journal of Scholarly Publishing, set to appear as volume 48, number 2 in January 2017, the coeditors invite submissions from those who are currently engaged in the promising but uncertain work of reimagining scholarship in digital forms. For scholarship designed indivisibly from the technology that enabled it or designed dually for digital and print distribution, publishers must work outside the traditional book. But the need to publish remains the same, if publishing means reviewing, authenticating, editing, archiving, curating, disseminating, and promoting scholarship for reception by the audience for which it was created. For anyone with insight or experience in how publishing works, or might work, in a digital medium, we welcome submissions. Anyone could include publishers, librarians, scholars, editors, designers, technologists, administrators, that is, anyone who works within the ecosystem of scholarly publishing.

Suggested submissions include the following:

  • case studies of ventures, projects, and partnerships in digital publishing
  • reports of scholarly experimentation in digital forms and the process of making it public
  • discussions of peer review, editing, design, and production in digital workflows
  • recommendations for funding and sustainability of digital publications
  • empirical research on the reach and impact of digital publications
  • theoretical visions of how the digital medium changes the message of scholarship
  • assessments of the impacts, both positive and negative, of digital forms of publishing on the economic viability of publishers
  • studies of the impact of digital options on the distribution and marketing of humanities and social science scholarship
  • proposals for changes in the ways scholars, librarians, and publishers work together, both within and across these professional categories

Submissions should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words, excluding references, tables, and figures. The coeditors and one outside referee will review all submissions, and those selected for publication will be sent back to the author(s) with queries for revision. Publication will be contingent on satisfactorily resolving all queries. Other specific requirements for the content and format of submissions, including references, are available here: http://www.utpjournals.press/journals/jsp/journal/authors.

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Cost burden of Quebec’s carbon market seen as modest

by cmacmillan on January 20, 2016

Cost burden of Quebec’s carbon market seen as modest
Study by McGill researchers assesses short-run impacts on households, industries 

The cost burden of Quebec’s carbon-pricing policy, is likely to be modest across income groups and industries, according to a McGill University research team.

The policy, which began to be implemented in 2013, provides a model for capping emissions “without undue hardship for the population,” the researchers conclude. If anything, they suggest, the program could be more aggressive in seeking to cut emissions. Their findings are reported in the December issue of Canadian Public Policy.

Quebec is one of the only jurisdictions in North America that has adopted a carbon-pricing policy as a way to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. If the Quebec carbon market – which is linked to California’s – develops successfully, this approach could attract other provinces and states seeking to curb emissions in the wake of the recent Paris climate-change agreement, the researchers note.

One political stumbling block to such initiatives is their potential to create uneven costs for different sectors and income groups. To assess the risk of that happening with Quebec’s program, the McGill team analyzed its expected short-run impacts on households, industries and regions.

Lead author Christopher Barrington-Leigh, an economist at McGill’s School of Environment, notes that the Quebec program combines a rising price floor — to assure a minimum return on carbon-efficiency investments — with a price ceiling to ensure against high short-run economic costs. “As a result, everyone in Quebec has an idea of future costs in the medium run, is ensured against too sudden a transition, and has an incentive to invest in transitioning toward more climate-friendly consumption and production,” he says.

One potential inequity: the province’s “generous” plan to hand out free emissions permits to incumbent industries is likely to result in some windfall profits for companies and shareholders, according to the researchers. “Future policy platforms from the Quebec government could offset this by including higher subsidies or energy efficiency rebate programs” to help lower-income families adjust to rising fuel prices, they suggest.

Overall, however, “the policy appears tuned to provide a balance of price predictability, steady decarbonisation, and manageable transition costs,” they conclude.

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Funding for the research was provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FQRSC), and McGill’s Institute for Health and Social Policy.

“The Short-Run Household, Industrial, and Labour Impacts of the Quebec Carbon Market,” Christopher Barrington-Leigh, Bronwen Tucker, Joaquin Kritz Lara. Canadian Public Policy, December 2015 DOI: 10.3138/cpp.2015-015
http://www.utpjournals.press/doi/10.3138/cpp.2015-015

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Written by guest blogger, Carmen Nielson.


Figure 2Example of a caricature of Indigenous women in Canada’s late 19th cent. satirical magazine Grip.

First Nations, Métis and Inuit women have been working for a very long time to decolonize their representation in the Canadian mainstream. The First Nations collective ReMatriate – founded in response to Canadian designer Dsquared2’s 2015 launch of a new line dubbed #Dsquaw – is just one example of Indigenous women mobilizing to reclaim their “visual identity” (to quote Claire Anderson). The power to represent oneself, to control how others see us, is a privilege that has been systematically denied to oppressed and marginalized peoples. Indigenous women’s struggle to resist and replace negative and reductionist depictions is essential to dismantling colonial power relations in Canada. These images matter.

When I came upon caricatures of Indigenous women in Canada’s late nineteenth-century satirical magazine Grip, I knew that these images also mattered. In “Caricaturing Colonial Space: Indigenized, Feminized Bodies and Anglo-Canadian Identity, 1873-94” I argue that cartoon depictions of Indigenous women were not merely reiterations of racist and sexist stereotypes. These images also compelled political and personal investments in the colonial project amongst Anglo-Canadian viewers. In other words, the collaboration and consent required from settler-citizens to legitimize political and administrative processes that subjected Indigenous land and peoples to state governance was constituted, at least in part, in images.

Despite Indigenous women’s on-going resistance and resilience, Canada’s colonial project has had devastating effects, including the normalization of gender violence. The Liberal government’s December 2015 decision to establish a national inquiry on murdered and missing women comes after decades of Indigenous activism calling for meaningful action. As Jaskiran Dhillon and Siku Allooloo have recently argued in the Guardian, the inquiry must confront “Canada’s ugly and violent colonial history” and the “targeted gender violence” that enabled the nation’s formation. If it fails to do so, the inquiry will amount to an “affront, [and] will add further injury to indigenous peoples.”

Degrading and racist images of Indigenous women are important parts of that “ugly and violent colonial history.” I hope my article will provide opportunities for us, as teachers, to help our students understand Canada’s colonial past and its links to the present, and to think through relationships between power and representations, culture and politics, images and lived experiences. By paying closer attention to images, perhaps we will be able to envision a better future.


Carmen Nielson’s article, “Caricaturing Colonial Space: Indigenized, Feminized Bodies and Anglo-Canadian Identity, 1873–94″ appears in the latest edition of the Canadian Historical Review. Read it today at CHR Online – http://bit.ly/CHR964_Nielsonor on Project MUSE – http://bit.ly/CHR964PMNielson

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Written by guest blogger, Ronald Rudin.


Over the past decade, I have been pre-occupied with various landscapes of importance to the Acadians, the French-speakers of Atlantic Canada. I began by looking at the site of the beginning of Acadie, Île Ste-Croix, a small island on the border between New Brunswick and Maine, and continued by examining the significance of Grand-Pré in Nova Scotia, from which many Acadians — including the fictional Evangeline — were deported in the mid-eighteenth century. Most recently, by means of both a book and a website, I have explored how Acadians developed a close connection with the territory that became Kouchibouguac National Park in eastern New Brunswick, from which over 1200 residents — mostly Acadians — were expelled in the late 1960s and early 1970s, making it a landscape that brought back memories of the deportation.

My article in the December 2015 issue of the Canadian Historical Review is part of a new project that focuses on the one remaining Acadian-constructed landscape from the pre-deportation period that still exists, over 250 years later. Most of the lands that the Acadians settled were marshlands that had been drained by means of a system of dykes, known as aboiteaux. These devices allowed water to be removed from lands along rivers in current-day Nova Scotia and New Brunswick that flowed into the Bay of Fundy, at the same time preventing the bay’s huge tides from submerging their lands once again. Most of the drained marshland was taken over by English-speakers after the deportation, but some of that land remained in Acadian hands, providing the subject matter for the 1955 NFB film, Les aboiteaux, which provides the focus for the article.

This was the first film produced with an original Acadian script. But quite aside from this distinction, the film — directed by Léonard Forest at the start of an important career as an Acadian filmmaker — tells a fascinating story about both the environment and Acadian society. By 1955, when Les aboiteaux was released, the system of dykes was badly in need of repair, a situation which had led in the 1940s to the creation of the federal Maritime Marshland Rehabilitation Administration. The MMRA proposed an ambitious program to repair the aboiteaux, thus challenging a four-century-long tradition of local control. And so we see the drama unfold in one Acadian community in New Brunswick when the aboiteaux are about to fail and the MMRA has to come to the rescue. What would happen to individuals such as Placide Landry, the central character in the film, who had been responsible for watching over the dikes? And what did the arrival of modernity mean for Acadian society as it marked the 250th anniversary of the deportation? Les aboiteaux is an important document showing the challenges faced by Acadians as they began their own révolution tranquille, as significant in its own right as the one emerging from Quebec.


Ronald Rudin’s article, “The First Acadian Film: Visibility, Modernity, and Landscape in Les aboiteaux” appears in the latest edition of the Canadian Historical Review. Read it today at CHR Online – http://bit.ly/CHR964_Rudin or on Project MUSE – http://bit.ly/CHR964PM_Rudin

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Perpetrators, Prostitution, and Popular Culture

by Lauren Naus on December 2, 2015

Written by guest blogger, Jessica Steinberg.


My interest in crime and prostitution in eighteenth-century London began in my dissertation work in which I examine the violence perpetrated against prostitutes and the violence committed by prostitutes. “She was ‘a comon night walker abusing him & being of ill behavior’: Violence and Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century London” was published in the Fall 2015 issue of the CJH/ACH.

One of the reasons I was interested in examining how violence perpetrated against prostitutes and the violence committed by prostitutes was portrayed, was to find out more about how prostitutes were viewed in the eighteenth-century. Today, most historians argue that by the end of the eighteenth-century prostitutes were viewed as victims of sinister characters. But, in a lot of the popular culture I was reading — newspapers, magazine, moralistic stories — prostitutes were presented as vicious villains and members of the criminal underground. Only rarely were they considered sympathetic in these forums.

How do we explain these contrasting images of the prostitute? Was she seen as a criminal or a victim? Violent assault seemed like the perfect way to examine whether prostitutes were sometimes portrayed as victims and other times as criminals.

I assumed that when female prostitutes were the victims of murder or assault they would be portrayed as pitiful women who were in need of assistance, and that when prostitutes committed crimes, they would be depicted as pugnacious delinquents. My findings were surprising. Stories of prostitutes as the victims of crime were rare. But when a prostitute was either the victim or the perpetrator of a violent crime, they were portrayed as being at fault.

This led me to wonder why historians generally insist that female prostitutes were regarded as pitiable by the end of the eighteenth century. It also made me wonder more about the perceived criminality of certain groups of people — especially those already associated with disorder — and interpersonal violence more generally.

The perceived links between prostitution and crime helps us gain deeper insights into the social order, gender, and crime in the late-Stuart and Hanoverian period in England.


Jessica Steinberg’s article, She was “a comon night walker abusing him & being of ill behaviour”: Violence and Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century London appears in the latest edition of the Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadienne d’histoire. Read it today by clicking here: http://bit.ly/CJH502PM_Steinberg

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William Beveridge and the Dominion Down Under

November 25, 2015

Written by guest blogger, John Stewart. Image from the Wellington Post in April of 1948 and shows the Labour Prime Minister, Peter Fraser, and Beveridge disagreeing over what do to for the ‘patient’ – New Zealand My article, “William Beveridge in New Zealand: Social Security and World Security,” derives from research I carried out on […]

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Q&A with two IJFAB authors

November 13, 2015

This fall we published a fascinating special issue of IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics on Just Food. Food is one of those galvanizing topics – we all eat, and we all share some degree of interest when it comes to how, where, and with whom we consume food. Food culture has begun to […]

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Throwback Thursday: Transforming Something Old into Something New

November 12, 2015

We’ve all judged a book by its cover, it’s okay to admit it. We have all been guilty of this at some point or another no matter how loudly our moral compass screams at us not to. Yet, we continue to do so. Why? Well, believe it or not, the cover does play a crucial […]

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#UP Week, Day 2 & 3: The Future of Scholarly Publishing and Design!

November 11, 2015

We’re thrilled to once again be one of over 40 presses participating in this years UP Week Blog Tour. Each day this week, presses will be blogging on a different theme that highlights the value of collaboration among the scholarly community. Each day, we will round up of all the university presses that posted on […]

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JSP Announcement: New Editors-in-Chief

November 10, 2015

The University of Toronto Press is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Editors-in-Chief for the Journal of Scholarly Publishing, Alex Holzman and Robert Brown. JSP has benefited from a long line of talented, illustrious editors, including the most recent editor, Tom Radko, who leaves the position after thirteen years of dedicated service. Alex and Robert now join […]

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