Rowland Lorimer

Professor Emeritus
Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology


BA, MA (Manitoba), PhD (Toronto)


Rowland Lorimer was the founding director of the Master of Publishing program and the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University. 

He served in that role for 19 years and retired in September 2015. Rowland is past editor of the Canadian Journal of Communication and currently, as the Director of CISP Journal Services, is publisher of eight journals including the CJC. He served two terms as president of the Canadian Association of Learned Journals and has recently returned to its executive committee.

For the last ten years his research has had a triple focus: the Canadian publishing industry, journal publishing, and the mass media. Lorimer has carried out more than 30 commissioned studies on book, magazine, and scholarly journal publishing in Canada. His current work is oriented to facilitating the transition of journal, book, and magazine publishers into online publishing. He has authored a wide variety of published books, scholarly articles, and major reports, some of which have resulted in substantial program and policy changes. His two major books are Mass Communication in Canada (all editions to the 8th) and Ultra Libris: Policy, Technology and the Creative Economy of Book Publishing in Canada. He continues to undertake commissioned research.

Research Interests

Policy, Technology, Scholarly Publishing

Selected Publications

Lorimer, Rowland. 2012. Ultra Libris: Policy, Technology, and the Creative Economy of Book Publishing in Canada. Toronto: ECW Press. 432 pp.


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.