Publishing can sometimes feel like a daunting prospect. Today, we have the ability to make information available to the world easier than ever before, bringing the process of publishing closer to it’s authors. At CanLII, we want to make sure our process is visible, approachable, and maintains a high standard, so that authors can be excited to use our platform, participate in our programs, and feel proud to share their work.
Over the past year, CanLII has gone through some changes. Internally, our team has grown, with a focus on publishing and increasing awareness of our collection and programs. With a project underway to create an open access BC practice manual, and the recent announcement of the Martin Felsky Award, CanLII is entering a new phase of development.
Whether it’s a draft paper sitting on your desktop or a book that has been published before, if you want to share it, then we want to help you.
The CanLII Authors Program initiative has brought in numerous documents from authors across the country. These authors get immediate visibility of their work on a platform that reaches 11 million researchers per year. Publishing on CanLII also means integrating your work with the rest of the CanLII website, increasing its discoverability and usefulness. Authors keep copyright in their work and are free to publish elsewhere. On top of all this, you will be part of a growing community of legal experts working to improve access to legal information.
Authors can also look into publishing with the content providers that share their content with us. Have a look at this Twitter list of law reviews and other content providers on CanLII to learn more about them.
Meanwhile, we’re also trying something new with the collaborative development of legal resources using all stages of the publishing process. We’re applying this principle right now thanks to a grant from the Law Foundation of British Columbia. By next year, we will have launched our first open access legal resource developed from scratch by a motivated team of writers and editors. Not only will this produce a quality resource, but it also provides an opportunity to meet like-minded others, get feedback on your writing, and be a part of something meaningful.
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Publishing doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you want to work together to create something new, distribute what you already have more widely than before, or share your comments on a case, we have options for you.