2020 – 2021 Committee / Comité
Chair / Président
Lisa Votta-Bleeker (CPA Deputy CEO & Science Director)
Members / Membres
Allison J. Ouimet
Jean Saint-Aubin (Board Liaison)
Contact the Committee / Contactez le comité
The Committee, along with the Board of Directors of the CPA, is responsible for the policies and practices of journal publication by the Canadian Psychological Association.
The Board of Directors of the Association is ultimately responsible for all matters related to its publications. The Board of Directors must see to it that the Journals contribute to the objectives of the Association. The Board of Directors assigns its authority to determine the scientific merit of submitted manuscripts to journal editors (whom it appoints), but reserves the authority to make policies pertaining to journals and to maintain publishing standards. Such policy initiatives are made in consultation with the Editors and Editorial Boards through the Journal Publications Committee.
The Board of Directors of CPA assigns its Editors authority regarding all actions relative to the publication or rejection of manuscripts submitted to the journal in question. Within this context, Editors are responsible for the content of their Journals; matters of style and format of the articles, as well as content and dates of publication, shall be subject to general agreements reached by the Journal Publications Committee of CPA with the approval of the Board of Directors of CPA.
- To promote publication of high quality research and scholarship in psychology.
- To provide advice to the Board of Directors in support of its decision making about policies and practices of journal publication by the Canadian Psychological Association.
- To provide advice and support to the Editors of the CPA journals.
- To provide advice and support to the Managing Editor of the CPA journals.
Terms of Reference
- To make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding proposed changes in publication policies of the Journals.
- To make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding proposed changes that go beyond normal operational adjustments (such as market considerations and inflation) in the number of pages allocated to each Journal, editorial office expenses, journal subscription prices, prices of authors’ reprints, and honoraria for Editors.
- To make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the number of Associate Editors and the publication of special issues, when these decisions require an additional financial commitment beyond what the Editors can achieve through their normal budget allocations.
- To provide advice, at the Boards’ request, on any emerging matters relevant to the publishing of the CPA journals.
- To report to the Board of Directors, through regular reports from the Chair, regarding the ongoing operation of the journals.
- To report to the Membership, through an annual report from the Chair, regarding the ongoing operation of the journals.
- To deal with unresolved complaints regarding authors, reviewers, Editors or Head Office, and to refer any complaints that cannot be resolved by the Committee to the Board of Directors.
The Committee reports to the Board of Directors through the Director Responsible for Publications, who is also the Committee Chair.
Committee Size, Membership, and Activity
The Committee is composed of the Director Responsible for Publications, the Editors of the CPA journals, the Managing Editor of the journals (as a non-voting member), and three CPA members who are invited by the Chair to sit as Members At Large on the Committee. Members At Large are chosen from as diverse a cross section of CPA members as possible. The Committee is active, with communications occurring at a frequency of once a month at a minimum.
Responsibilities of Committee Members
The Committee members are responsible for pursuing the vision and terms of reference of the Committee. To this effect, members participate in all discussions pertaining to committee work and work on projects or issues brought forward by the Committee, the Board of Directors, the sections and the members as appropriate.
Committee members are appointed by the Board of Directors through the Board member responsible for the Committee for one year with the intention that members will serve for a three (3) year term. Membership recruitment and retirement is staggered to ensure continuity and Committee institutional memory.
Meetings and Reporting
The Committee meets annually during the Association’s Annual Convention. Throughout the year communication will take place primarily through e-mail. Conference calls are arranged by the Chair, if needed. Motions are minuted. Regular communication of the plans and activities of the Committee will be provided to the membership through the Committee’s Chair’s Annual Report to the Annual General Meeting, articles in Psynopsis and information on the web site and to the Board of Directors through reports to each Board meeting by the Committee Chair.