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Two York graduate journals publish first issues

York Digital Journals is proud to announce two journals publishing their inaugural issues in November 2009. These journals are the result of faculty, graduate student, and library collaboration, and are both over a year in the making.

jppalThe Journal of Public Policy, Administration and Law (JPPAL) is an interdisciplinary journal which encourages students, public servants and scholars to share knowledge and research concerning public policy, administration and law issues.

The journal is an entity associated and founded by the Masters of Public Policy, Administration and Law Student’s Association (MPPALSA) at York University. The goal of this journal is to share and compile high quality literature, exploring conventional and innovative topics and areas of research. JPPAL publishes theoretical, methodological and empirical papers. In addition to publishing peer-reviewed papers JPPAL contains invited papers, book reviews, and short commentary sections.

The inaugural issue of the Journal of Public Policy, Administration and Law marks the team effort of six dedicated individuals who freely volunteer their time and energy to make this first publication possible.

See JPPAL’s first issue here:

Critical Disability Discourse (CDD) is a bilingual, interdisciplinary journal, publishing articles that focus on experiences of disability.


The journal’s review board consists of over 30 students and faculty members from York University, the University of Toronto, Laval University, McMaster University, and the University of Cambridge. CDD was conceived by, and is managed entirely by, graduate students. Their objective is to create an academic space where graduate students might make valuable contributions to the field of Disability Studies. This journal is meant to facilitate an academic community and to provide a more promising opportunity for people just beginning their careers. Journal topics share in common a dedication to non-discrimination and social justice. It is the intention of the CDSSA to bring disability-related issues to mainstream scholastic conversations by promoting and publishing arguments that critically assess disabling social conditions. Discourse about disability is arguably not taken seriously enough in mainstream academic circles; without theoretical backing, it is difficult to effect social change. For CDD’s team, therefore, the journal might serve as part of a greater effort to bring disability to the table and to redress physical and attitudinal discrimination.

See CDD’s fist issue here:


Bibliographic Services welcomes Steve (Stephen) Marks, our new part time Digital Projects Librarian.

Steve brings a wealth of technical and library experience to the Digital Projects team.  His impressive background includes his work at the University of California in Santa Barbara as Manager of IT Support and Services at Davidson Library. Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, an Associate of Science in Computer Science from Santa Barbara City College, and is completing his Master of Information Studies degree this spring at the University of Toronto.

Welcome Steve!


ARL Study of Library Publishing Results Available

York recently participated in a study on Library Publishing. The results have now been published and are available online.

In addition to the survey information ARL members provided, the final report is also based on a set of follow-up interviews that some institutions participated in. As the report notes, “The survey verified that research libraries are rapidly developing publishing services. By late 2007, 44% of the 80 responding ARL member libraries reported they were delivering publishing services and another 21% were in the process of planning publishing service development. Only 36% of responding institutions were not active in this arena…. The question is no longer whether libraries should offer publishing services, but what kinds of services libraries will offer.
Survey Contact:
Karla Hahn, Director
Office of Scholarly Communications
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle
Washington, D.C. 20036
voice: 202-296-2296
fax: 202-872-0884

SSHRC Annouces up to $25,000 Aid to Open-Access Research Journals

For more information:


  • assist journals offering barrier-free access to peer-reviewed scholarship in the social sciences and humanities;
  • increase readership, both nationally and internationally, for research journals that publish original scholarship in the social sciences and humanities;
  • allow SSHRC to test a new funding model and approach to adjudicating grant applications from research journals, in preparation for the revised research journals support program, which will be launched in 2008-09.

Funds will be awarded to help defray the costs of publishing scholarly articles. Grants are to be considered a contribution to the journal’s operating costs for production and distribution. Eligible expenses include those related to:

  • management of the peer-review process (including honoraria provided to support staff);
  • editing (including staff salaries, release time and travel expenses);
  • purchasing software;
  • preparing copy (including typesetting, copy-editing and translation);
  • document layout (including image presentation, and converting images to digital formats);
  • technical assistance;
  • marketing and other promotional activities;
  • electronic-publication service providers.

VALUE: Up to $25,000

DURATION: 1 year

DEADLINE: June 30, 2007