Jean-Claude Guédon

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Jean-Claude Guédon
Jean-Claude Guédon at Writers' and Literary Translators' International Conference (Stockholm, June 30, 2008)
Alma materClarkson University
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Scientific career
FieldsHistory of science

Jean-Claude Guédon (born 1943 in Le Havre, France) is a Quebec-based academic.[1]


In 1960-61, he was an American Field Service exchange student in Kenmore East Senior High School in Tonawanda, New York (US).[2] He went on to study chemistry at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York and earned a Ph.D. in history of science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1974.[3]

Academic career[edit]

He began his career at Glendon College (York University) in Toronto, Ontario in 1970. He has been a professor at the Université de Montréal since 1973, first in the Institut d'histoire et de sociopolitique des sciences and, since 1987, in the Département de littérature comparée. He is a long-time member of the Internet Society serving as co-chair of the program committee in 1996, 1998 and 2000, and member of the same committee in 1997, 1999 and 2002.[4]

Scholarly activities[edit]

Between 1998 and 2003, he was Chair of the Advisory Board for CNSLP (Canadian National Site Licence Project, now known as CRKN (Canadian Research Knowledge network).[4] From 2002 until 2006, he was a member of the Open Society Institute's Information Program sub-board. From 2003-2007 he was a member of the Advisory Board of eIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries).[5] In 2006 he was elected (until November 2008) Vice-President of the Canadian Society for the Humanities and Social Sciences. His portfolio is "dissemination of research".[6]

He has advised numerous governmental bodies, including the Ministère de la Recherche (France) for their e-publication project in the humanities and the social sciences; the Agence de la francophonie for matters pertaining to new technologies; the Quebec Minister of Communication in charge of the information highway; and the Quebec Ministry of education for the integration of the new technologies into the curriculum.

He was also named "Leiter Lecturer" at the National Library of Medicine in 1998.[7] He is the founder of the first Canadian scholarly electronic journal Surfaces (started in 1991)[8] and a Steering Group member of Open Humanities Press, an international open access publishing collective specializing in critical and cultural theory.[9] He is also on the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities.[10] He has won academic prizes such as Prix International Charles Hélou de la francophonie (1996)[4] and the Excellence Prize of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques (formerly known as COSH-COCH) in 2005.[11] In 2018, the Jean-Claude Guédon Prize was established to reward "the best article on the issues of scholarly publications and/or open access."[12]


  • Guédon, Jean Claude (2001), In Oldenburg's Long Shadow : Librarians, Research Scientists, Publishers, and the Control of Scientific Publishing, Association of Research Libraries, ISBN 0-918006-81-3
  • Guédon, Jean Claude (2007), Open Access and the divide between “mainstream” and “peripheral” science Archived 2012-12-04 at the Wayback Machine, in "Como gerir e qualificar revistas científicas", 2008.
  • Interview with Guédon (2015). Crystals of Knowledge Production. An Intercontinental Conversation about Open Science and the Humanities, in Nordic Perspectives on Open Science 1.


  1. ^ Watts, Geoff (2 January 2004). "Crusaders for a truly free flow of ideas". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  2. ^ Inria. "Agenda - Inria". Inria.
  3. ^ "Scholarship and Libraries in Transition: A Dialogue about the Impacts of Mass Digitization" (PDF). Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "GUÉDON, Jean-Claude". Université de Montréal. Archived from the original on January 24, 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  5. ^ "EIFL management board and advisory board". EIFL. Archived from the original on 26 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Open Access and the Academy: A Lively Discussion on The Future of Scholarly Publishing". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  7. ^ "Section on University Libraries & General Research Libraries: Newsletter" (PDF). International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  8. ^ "CONTEXTS - Scholarly Communication Today - Dr Jean-Claude Guédon". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  9. ^ "About - Steering Group". Open Humanities Press. Archived from the original on 10 March 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  10. ^ Howard, Jennifer (29 January 2013). "Project Aims to Bring PLoS-Style Openness to the Humanities". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Jean-Claude Guédon". CRICS 8th Regional Congress on Health Sciences Information. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Prix Jean-Claude Guédon".

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