Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing

The Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing (CISP) is the research arm of Publishing @ SFU (formerly called the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing). The CISP hosts a broad range of research activities carried out by SFU faculty, staff, and students, who, in collaboration with other universities and industry, are seeking to advance our understanding of publishing models and practices.


Research – With expertise in both trade (book and magazine) and scholarly publishing, the CISP’s research covers a broad range of themes, including the impact of digital technologies in the cultural sector; book, periodical, and digital media history; sociology of knowledge; the evolution of scholarly communication; open access; bibliometrics, and audience measurement. Read more about CISP research activities.

Teaching – The CISP augments the teaching of publishing at Simon Fraser University by providing support for the Master of Publishing Program and the SFU Publishing Workshops. It also assists undergraduate offerings in publishing. The CISP helps support for instruction for international delegations of publishers and visiting scholars.

Press – The CISP Press has a mandate to publish about publishing, to engage in innovative publishing practice, and to explore innovation products and services. CISP Press offers a list of titles that includes work by Robert Bringhurst, Andrew Wilson, Laura Millar, and others, as well as a comprehensive publishing services for journals.