Review of Scholarly Publishing at the University of Toronto Press

PDAD&C #21, 2007/08

MEMORANDUM

 

TO: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM: Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date: October 15, 2007
RE: Review of Scholarly Publishing at the University of Toronto Press

The Report of the Committee to Review Scholarly Publishing at the U of T Press is now available online at

http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/committees/reviews/utpress.htm

The Board of the University of Toronto Press (UTP) invited the University to complete a review of scholarly publishing to assess its academic strength. The last review of scholarly publishing at UTP was done in 1995. The Board had conducted a review of all business elements of the Press’s activities, including that of Scholarly Publishing, and recommended strategies by which Scholarly Publishing might improve its operations. The Board requested that I evaluate how it was performing from the perspective of assisting the University in fulfilling its mission or enhancing the reputation of the University of Toronto as an academic institution.

I therefore appointed a team of academic reviewers to look at how well the Press is fulfilling its mission to "publish the results of scholarly research nationally and worldwide to standards that maintain a high international reputation, thus advancing the University of Toronto’s role as Canada’s leading institution of higher education and enhancing its stature." The timing of this review was coincident with the appointment of a Vice-President, Scholarly Publishing, a critical position since the incumbent is responsible for the strategic direction of scholarly publishing at the Press. The review focused on questions about the mission of Scholarly Publishing at the Press, its areas of specialization, the quality of its publications, the publishing process, and its participation in electronic forms of publication. The review committee’s report is now complete, and my administrative response is attached

http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/committees/reviews/utpress.htm

I wish to express my gratitude to the Committee, the many members of the University community who shared their knowledge with the Committee, as well as the UTP Board, administration, and editorial staff who took time to relate their experiences and thoughts. I wish also to recognize the faculty who serve as members of the Manuscript Review Committee; their dedication to the cause of academic publishing is extraordinary.