Prix du 3-Juillet-1608

A Prestigious Recognition awarded to Érudit for its Involvement in the North-American Francophonie

The Conseil supérieur de la langue française has awarded the Prix du 3-Juillet-1608, one of the highest distinctions in the Francophonie, to the Érudit Consortium.

This award, commemorating the founding of Quebec City (on July 3rd1608), is given to an organization that has showed perseverance, vitality and resourcefulness in rendering outstanding services to the North-American Francophonie as a whole. This recognition, issued in a timely manner, as Érudit celebrates its twentieth anniversary, highlights its commitment to the outreach of cultural and scholarly publications, as well as to promoting French-language research in Quebec, in Canada and in the rest of the world.

“When it was launched in 1998, Érudit was a pioneer in digital publishing. Over the years, it has become a recognized leader in the publishing sector. Érudit has evolved owing to a continuous spirit of innovation, a commitment towards each of the disseminated journals and the establishment of solid relations with the field’s various stakeholders”, recalls Guylaine Beaudry, Vice-Provost, Digital Strategy, and Head Librarian at Concordia University, who, with Gérard Boismenu, Professor of Political Science at Université de Montréal, co-founded the institution. “I am delighted that the Conseil supérieur de la langue française has recognized this initiative, which has become, under Tanja Niemann’s leadership, a true alternative to large international for-profit publishers, thus guaranteeing scientific and economic independence for journals”, she says in closing.

With over 20 million yearly article views and 206 scholarly and cultural journals disseminated in open access, has become one of the main distribution platforms for research in the humanities and social sciences, as well as a major player in the open science and bibliodiversity movement. “While the potential as well as the challenges facing the rise of the Francophonie have never been bigger, the vitality and numerous consultations of our journals are clear proof that linguistic diversity is a strength for the culture and the development of the research community as a whole. We are glad to be able to showcase these journals and to contribute to their dissemination, nationally and worldwide”, states Frédéric Bouchard, President of the Érudit Consortium and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at the Université de Montréal.

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Gwendal Henry
Communications Officer