UTP and CRKN Make Climate Change Journal Accessible to Readers Around the Globe

For Immediate Release

March 2, 2023

University of Toronto Press (UTP) and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and are very pleased to announce an innovative partnership for access to the Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy through the Subscribe to Open model. The Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy publishes timely, evidence-based research that contributes to the urban climate agenda and supports governmental policy towards an equitable and resilient world. Through this partnership, CRKN members will gain access to critical climate research and support the open access dissemination of this research without any cost to authors.

Subscribe to Open is an equitable access model that offers a wide range of benefits to researchers, libraries, and the community at large. Institutional subscribers access the content through subscription, as with a regular subscription model. What is unique to the model is that once an annual subscription threshold is met, the volume year becomes open access and available to researchers, policymakers, and urban practitioners globally. University of Toronto Press launched the Journal of City Climate Policy and Economy in October 2022 based upon this model.

“CRKN does incredible work in extending access to valuable material for Canadian researchers, and we are delighted to partner with CRKN on this important initiative,” says Antonia Pop, Vice President, Publishing Division at UTP. “By supporting this Subscribe to Open journal, CRKN member institutions are contributing to extending access globally to research, with an overarching direction of climate resilient development and the moral and practical imperative to ensure change is equitable.”

“Pursuing sustainable open access models that serve the needs of the research community is at the core of CRKN’s licensing strategy,” states Denise LaFitte, Chair of CRKN’s Content Strategy Committee and Associate University Librarian, University of Alberta. “By participating in this partnership with the University of Toronto Press, CRKN is supporting emerging community-based models with a goal to achieve effective and viable solutions to open access publishing.”

For more information about this partnership, please contact:

Francesca Brzezicki
Communications Specialist

Canadian Research Knowledge Network


Chris Reed. Publicist

University of Toronto Press

creed@utorontopress.com | 416-978-2239 x 2248 

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) empowers its member organizations and the diverse communities they serve with greater access to the world’s research and Canada’s preserved documentary heritage, now and for future generations. CRKN represents its membership in large-scale licensing and content acquisition activities, collaborates to expand and enrich the digital knowledge ecosystem in Canada and the world, advocates for fair and sustainable access to public research and content, supports the digital infrastructure required to preserve and access critical Canadian content, and mobilizes its membership to transform scholarly communications in Canada.

University of Toronto Press (UTP) is a leading university press in North America, publishing and disseminating scholarly research for the benefit of society since 1901. UTP is a signatory to the UN Sustainable Development Goals Publishers Compact and is committed to publishing critical research in climate change and action, with a specific focus on the economic and social change required for an equitable world. UTP has published Solved: How the World’s Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis and The New Climate Activism: NGO Authority and Participation in Climate Change Governance, and produces the podcast Cities 1.5 which features progressive policy conversations with urban leaders taking action to limit global heating to 1.5 degrees.