Research Activities

Along with providing services to Canadians researchers, Érudit participates and supports research and development activities in collaboration with national and international partners.

Érudit Scientific Committee 

The Érudit Scientific Committee is mandated to support the general direction in the selection of new titles and in the broad guidelines for the development of platform research component.
Composition of the Committee: 

·         René Audet, Full Professor, Literatures Department, Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la littérature et la culture québécoises, Université Laval

·         Vincent Larivière, Full Professor, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information, holder of the Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication (CRCTSC), Université de Montréal.

·         Chloé Leclerc, Assistant Professor, École de criminologie, Université de Montréal, Managing editor of the journal Criminologie.

·         Vacant position

·         Richard Marcoux, Full Professor, Sociology Department, Université Laval, Director of Observatoire démographique et statistique de l’espace francophone (ODSEF), Associate Professor at Demography Department at Université de Montréal, Assistant Managing editor of Cahiers québécois de démographie.

·         Benoît Melançon, Full Professor, Department of French Literature, Université de Montréal.

·         Lyne Sauvageau, Vice-rector of Academic and Research, Université du Québec


Open Science SSH Cyberinfrastructure


The Open SSH infrastructure will extend actual production, discovery and exploitation possibilities of essential Canadian SSH research, published in journals and books and new digital formats. Built from Érudit platform and editorial management software developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), this Cyberinfrastructure brings together national and international partners with key expertise in data science and innovative tools  development based on principles of open source software.

With a total funding of 4.3 M, the project will be supported over 3 years by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Governments of Québec and Ontario, and several Canadian universities (Université de Montréal, Simon Fraser University, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Victoria, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Concordia University, McGill University). This funding will enable the implementation of a national digital research infrastructure dedicated to production, aggregation, as well as the enhancement and online searching of essential data for humanities and social sciences research, published in French and in English.

The creation of this cyberinfrastructure provides a way of both promoting and developing culture and science. It will also consolidate Québec and Canadian leadership in the fields of digital humanities and scholarly publishing. Find out more at


In addition to the support of the universities, the project profits from the involvement of 24 leading edge researchers from 11 Canadian Universities.

Project Leader: Vincent Larivière, Université de Montréal, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information

Scientific Team: 

Name Institution Department
Alperin, Juan Simon Fraser University Publishing Studies, Faculty of Communication, Arts, and Interactive Design
Audet, René Université Laval Département des littératures / CRILCQ
Brown, Susan University of Guelph School of English and Theatre Studies
Collins, Christopher University of Ontario Institute of Technology Computer Science
David, Sylvain Concordia University Études françaises
Eberle-Sinatra, Michael Université de Montréal Études anglaises
Forest, Dominic Université de Montréal École de biblio. et des sc. de l’info.
Gervais, Bertrand Université du Québec à Montréal Département d’études littéraires
Gingras, Yves Université du Québec à Montréal Histoire
Lacroix, Michel Université du Québec à Montréal Études littéraires
Lalonde, Joanne Université du Québec à Montréal Histoire de l’art
Langlais, Philippe Université de Montréal DIRO (Informatique et Recherche Op.)
Lapalme, Guy Université de Montréal Informatique et recherche opérationnelle
Livernois, Jonathan Université Laval Littératures
Marcotte, Sophie Concordia University Département d’Études françaises
Maxwell, John Simon Fraser University Publishing
Pinson, Guillaume Université Laval Département des littératures, Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines
Siemens, Raymond University of Victoria English and Computer Science
Sinclair, Stéfan McGill University Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Sugimoto, Cassidy Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing
Vitali Rosati, Marcello Université de Montréal Littératures de langue française
Warren, Jean-Philippe Concordia University Département de sociologie
Willinsky, John Simon Fraser University Publishing Program

Participation in research projects

Creation of a citation index prototype for French publications (2015-2016)

Accessing and citing scientific publications are inconceivable today without the tools that are indexing systems. These technologies, which reference scientific journals and calculate the number of citations for each article, make it possible to identify the most important publications in each area (by number of citations) and to compare scientific journals in a given field of research (impact factor).

Collaborators: Agence Universitaire de la francophone (AUF), Observatoire des sciences et de la technologie (OST). Under the scientific direction of the Observatoire des sciences et de la technologie (OST)

Creation of an open-access native XML publishing software based on the ÉruditArticle schema (Stylo, 2015-2016)

Stylo is a web publishing tool designed to facilitate academic publishing in the social sciences through user-friendly interfaces that enable high semantic expressiveness.

Collaborator: Research Chair in Digital Textualities.
Principal Investigator: Marcello Vitali-Rosati, Associate Professor of Literature and Digital Culture, Department of French Literature, University of Montreal, Holder of the Research Chair in Digital Textualities.

Automated XML generation using the open-access software Open Journal Systems (2015-2017)

The open-access software Open Journal Systems (OJS), developed by PKP and freely used by more than 8,000 scholarly journals, provides a flexible and lightweight solution to disseminate articles in PDF format.
The development teams of Érudit and PKP are working on a project to automate the generation of these articles produced by OJS in PDF format into XML format, providing for better indexing and visibility of these documents

Collaborator: Public Knowledge Project development team.

Support for research projects

Political and intellectual fields of Quebec in the interwar period (2013-2017)

As part of his research project, the sociologist Jean Philippe-Warren questions the perceived challenges between political elites and civil society in inter-war (1917-1939) French-Canada. Parliamentarism seemed then, to many people, a political regime old-fashioned and outdated.

Research Subject
A wide body covering 1917 to 1939-related journals of ideas has been dedicated to the aim of a better understanding of dissemination channels and ideas retranslation strategies circulating in the French-Canadian society. The body includes, amongst others, Le Nigog, Le Samedi, La Nouvelle-France, Le Franc Parleur et L’Émérillon.

Once linked to the parliamentary debates of the Assemblée nationale du Québec, the analysis of these journals’ discourse will help support Warren’s assumption that says the intellectual is defined by his intervention in a journal of ideas, rather by the mobilization of a symbolic capital acquired in a non-political field (Ory and Sinelli, 1986). For those purposes, research activated in the body two sections of separate interest. Mapping, on the one hand, all intellectual and political networks structuring the world of ideas of 1917-1939 Quebec. Investigating, on the other hand, intertextuality forms between political and intellectual discourses of the same era.

Project Structure
Begun in 2013 for a 4 years term, this project is based on logometrics and bibliometrics. These sciences added to technology progress, opened-up to new quantitative methods in the digital humanities field. Managed by Jean-Philippe Warren, the project is a partnership between the BAnQ, the Bibliothèque de l’Assemblée nationale, Concordia University Research Chair on the Study of Quebec and Érudit. The research project «Political and Intellectual Fields of the Inter-War Quebec» will lead towards the on-line availability, on Érudit platform, of 47 journals of ideas identified by Fortin (1993; 2006), counting an approximated total of 31,000 pages dated of the time between the two World Wars. All documents will be freely available in open access.

Jean-Philippe Warren is a professor and a researcher at Sociology and Anthropology Department of Concordia University. He is the chairman of Concordia University Research on the Study of Quebec and a member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technology (CIRST) and of the Centre interuniversitaire d’études et de recherches autochtones (CIÉRA).

Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant
Principal Investigator: Jean-Philippe Warren, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Science, Concordia University

TECHNÈS: rethinking cinema and its technology throughout its history and in the digital age

The TECHNÈS partnership proposes the creation of an Encyclopedia of Cinema Technology – digital and bilingual – which will contribute to studying the links, developed during various times of technological upheaval, between esthetics and film technology, film practice and form, and film machinery and design, through a synchronic and diachronic study of these moments when cinema underwent profound changes. (Source: Cinémathèque québecoise).

Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Partnership Grant
Principal Investigator: Canadian division under the direction of André Gaudreault (GRAFICS/University of Montreal.

INKE – Implementing New Knowledge Environments
(2014, 2016)

The INKE network is an interdisciplinary initiative bringing together 35 researchers around issues related to knowledge production and dissemination in the digital age.

Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Partnership Grant
Principal Investigator: Ray Siemens, Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Humanities, University of Victoria. In English.

Understanding the Societal Impact of Research through Social Media

The goal of this project is to study the impact of using new tools for measuring the dissemination of research output (altmetrics) by researchers and institutions.

Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant
Principal Investigator: Vincent Larivière, Full Professor, School of Library and Information Sciences, Canada Research Chair on the Transformation of Scholarly Communication, Scientific Director of the Érudit Consortium