Aid to Scholarly Journals

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Memorial Deadline: Wednesday 5th, September 2018

External Deadline: Monday 10th, September 2018


SSHRC recognizes that peer reviewed scholarly journals are a primary tool for fostering intellectual debate and inquiry. Today, new information and communication technologies are changing how research results are published and disseminated, allowing information to circulate more rapidly and widely than ever before.

The Aid to Scholarly Journals funding opportunity’s goal is to increase dissemination, access to, and readership for, original research results in the social sciences and humanities, through Canadian scholarly journals. It also assists journals as they seek to take advantage of advances in digital technologies.

After engaging with stakeholders on several occasions, SSHRC will implement new parameters for the Aid to Scholarly Journals (ASJ) funding opportunity in 2018 that demonstrate SSHRC’s commitment to the government’s Open Science agenda; including the adoption of an open access model (full or 12-month embargo period); providing funding for innovation as well as an incentive for journals to switch to Canadian not-for-profit content and distribution platforms in order to assist in the maintenance and development of this sector in Canada.

Key changes:

  • requirement that journals be fully Open Access (OA) or have an embargo period no greater than 12 months
  • transition period of 2 years available to comply with OA requirement
  • higher per-article funding rate for journals that do not charge fees to publish OA ($1,050 vs. $850)
  • $5K per annum  available for both journal innovation and to contribute to costs associated with Canadian content and distribution platforms*
  • SSHRC will open eligibility to journals of which at least 1/3 of the core editorial board is affiliated with a Canadian institution and/or to journals that can demonstrate that their titles are owned by Canadian not-for-profit organizations.
  • Streamlined application form

Important dates:

  • Late June: detailed funding opportunity description posted on SSHRC website
  • Mid-July: Streamlined application form available
  • August 17th and 20th: webinar for applicants
  • September 10: competition deadline
  • January 2019: Adjudication meetings
  • March 2019: results

*Defined as: head office in Canada; not-for-profit; offers integrated technical services that meet international standards related to data and metadata processing, workflow management and use of publishing tools, dissemination (distribution, interoperability, referencing, harvesting, metrics); hosts more than 20 scholarly journals

For more information, contact, or visit SSHRC’s website.

Webinar Date Adobe Connect Link
Aid to Scholarly Journals (English) Friday,  August 17th, 2018, 13:00-14:30 ET
Aid to Scholarly Journals (French) Monday,  August 20th, 2018, 13:00-14:30 ET

Please note that you do not need to register in advance and a question and answer period will follow the presentation. With Adobe Connect, questions must be submitted in writing.

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  • Click on the Adobe Connect webinar link on the date and time specified.
  • Enter your name, and press “Enter Room”.
  • Adjust the volume on your computer.

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For any questions, please contact us at the relevant email address for the funding opportunity:

Funding Sources

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: August 7, 2018