ReadThinkKnow is a collaborative project of publishers that make up the Association of Canadian University Presses (ACUP) / Association des presses universitaires canadiennes (APUC), the collective voice of French- and English-language scholarly publishing in Canada.
Our membership includes University of Alberta Press, Athabasca University Press, University of British Columbia Press, University of Calgary Press, Concordia University Press, Presses de l’Université Laval, University of Manitoba Press, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Memorial University Press, Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, Nunavut Arctic College Media, University of Ottawa Press, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Presses de l’Université du Québec, University of Regina Press, University of Toronto Press, and Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
ACUP/APUC members publish more than 600 titles annually, primarily by Canadian researchers and on Canadian subjects in the humanities and social sciences. We provide support for continuing excellence in Canadian scholarship, engaging with all stakeholders in the scholarly landscape to ensure the balanced development of the scholarly book market. Our mission is to deliver and promote the broadest publication and distribution of Canadian research and scholarship, in Canada and internationally. Our members constantly strive and innovate to refine funding, dissemination and distribution models that positively impact the viability of scholarly publishing in an environment of rapid technological and social change.
More than fifty percent of the books our members publish are by authors affiliated with institutions that do not have, or directly support, university presses. This means ACUP/APUC members play a critical role in an information-based society, and are deeply integrated into Canada’s research and knowledge dissemination cycle. Through our publishing processes we validate research through peer review and, through the iterative processes of editing and production, fine-tune narrative structure, argumentation, and the usability of texts. Through our publishing programs, marketing activities, and distribution networks, our members provide broad access to knowledge, which not only to advances the work of researchers and their institutions, but is also instrumental in developing and supporting national and international networks within research and teaching communities. These communities, in turn, make a profound contribution to social debate, responsive public policy, and culturally rich and inclusive national communities, in Canada and the world.
As an organization, ACUP/APUC promotes the exchange of ideas relating to scholarly publishing in Canada, and is a vital source of publishing expertise and assistance for scholarly associations, higher educational institutions, government, scholars, the media and the public.