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Grants to Canada Journal Editors for Social
Sciences and Humanities Scholarly Publications

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

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Grants of up to $30,000 per year and up to $5,000 per year in supplementary funding to Canada journal editors affiliated with a qualifying nonprofit or postsecondary institution to support social sciences and humanities publications. Applicants needing to establish or renew institutional eligibility must do so at least 10 days prior to the deadline.

Aid to Scholarly Journals grants respond to the objectives of the Connection program. They support Canadian scholarly dissemination by offering a contribution to enable journals to explore innovative activities as well as to help them to defray the costs associated with publishing scholarly articles, digital publishing and journal distribution on Canadian not-for-profit platforms.

Aid to Scholarly Journals grants are meant to:
-Increase dissemination, discoverability and readership of original research results in the social sciences and humanities through Canadian scholarly journals;
-Leverage significant federal investments in digital scholarly publishing infrastructure;
-Assist journals as they seek to take advantage of developments in digital technologies and innovative practices; and
-Encourage the transition to open access models of publishing.

Subject Matter Eligibility:

Most SSHRC funding is awarded through open competitions. Proposals may cover any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding.

Other eligible expenses under the Aid to Scholarly Journals funding opportunity include costs related to:
-Salaries, stipends and related federal, provincial and institutional non-discretionary benefits for work performed by editorial support staff (e.g., administrative staff, technicians);
-Copy preparation (including typesetting, copy-editing, translation);
-Document layout (including image presentation and conversion of images to digital formats);
-Marketing and other promotional activities;
-Fees paid to electronic-publication and distribution service providers;
-Printing and mailing;
-Technical assistance; and
-Technological training for journal staff.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183990

Estimated Size of Grant:

Aid to Scholarly Journals grants are valued at up to $30,000 per year over three years.

The value of the grant will be calculated on the basis of a fixed rate for each approved, peer-reviewed scholarly article to be published during each year of the grant period.

There are two per-article rates:
-$1,050 for journals that offer immediate open access or delayed open access with an embargo period of 12 months or less, and do not charge article processing charges (APCs); and
-$850 for journals that offer immediate open access but charge APCs.

In addition, as part of the total grant value, the applicant may request up to $5,000 per annum to contribute to the costs related to the development and implementation of innovative practices (e.g., developing a social media strategy aimed at increasing the dissemination and impact of the journal’s articles and/or content; extensive hyperlinking within the text; developing innovative layouts and structures for articles; producing high-quality graphics, videos and podcasts; offering interactivity for after-publication discussions).

Supplementary funding for journals hosted on Canadian, not-for-profit digital content and distribution platforms:

SSHRC recognizes the importance of increasing access to research results and ensuring that viable Canadian not-for-profit digital content and distribution platform options are available to Canadian researchers and journals. Therefore, journals hosted on a Canadian not-for-profit digital content and distribution platform can request, on top of their $30,000 base grant, supplementary funding valued at up to $5,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The grant duration is 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


The applicant must be the editor-in-chief of the journal or, in the case of an editorial collective, one of the editors. The applicant must be a faculty member of an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution. The applicant assumes responsibility for the grant.


Grant funds can be administered only by an eligible postsecondary institution or eligible not-for-profit organization (which, for the Aid to Scholarly Journals funding opportunity, is defined as either the journal itself or a scholarly association or press that either administers or owns the journal).

Institutions or organizations proposing to administer any grant awarded under this funding opportunity must hold or obtain institutional eligibility. The institutional eligibility of a journal, scholarly association or press is normally restricted to the Aid to Scholarly Journals funding opportunity only.

Institutional Eligibility:

Journals and Articles:

To be eligible for support, a journal must:
-Meet the definition of a scholarly journal (see Definitions below);
-Offer either immediate open access upon publication or delayed open access with a 12-month maximum embargo period (see note below regarding transition period);
-Submit each article (see Definitions below) to be published to a rigorous, independent peer review process;
-Have been founded at least two years prior to the application deadline and have published, within that timeframe, a minimum of two issues per year, each having at least three peer-reviewed articles or, for electronic journals not publishing in issue format, at least six peer-reviewed articles per year over the two-year timeframe;
-Publish primarily in English and/or French; and
-Meet at least one of the two following criteria: 1) A minimum of one third of the core editorial board is affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution; and/or 2) the journal title is owned by a Canadian not-for-profit organization.

A journal is ineligible for funding under this funding opportunity if:
-Its mandate and/or content is primarily focused outside of discipline(s) within SSHRC’s mandate; and/or
-Its content is primarily health-related and focused on clinical research and education, psychomotor research and kinesiology, counseling and therapy, and epidemiology.

Note: Multidisciplinary journals that publish articles outside of SSHRC’s mandate are eligible to apply for Aid to Scholarly Journals funding, provided that their mandate and publications fall primarily within SSHRC’s mandate. If a multidisciplinary journal has been deemed eligible and is successful in the Aid to Scholarly Journals competition, the level of funding awarded will be adjusted to reflect the percentage of its articles devoted to social sciences and humanities content.

If formally requested, SSHRC staff will, prior to the deadline, make every effort to offer prospective applicants advice regarding the eligibility of a journal’s subject matter. While SSHRC aims to provide the best possible advice in advance of an application, final decisions on eligibility for all applications will be made only upon receipt of the full application.

Ineligible expenses include: Salaries, stipends or release time for faculty (including editors, co-editors, and/or members of editorial or review boards).

Pre-Application Information:

SSHRC strongly encourages all journals, scholarly associations and presses that wish to establish or renew institutional eligibility for this funding opportunity to contact SSHRC as early as possible. Note that institutional eligibility is granted to some not-for-profit organizations on a per-grant basis. These not-for-profit organizations must, therefore, apply to renew their eligibility before the applicant submits the Aid to Scholarly Journals grant application. Applications for institutional eligibility must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the grant application deadline.

The application deadline is September 10, 2018 (8 p.m. eastern). If a deadline falls on a weekend or a Canadian public holiday, the online application system will remain open until 8 p.m. (eastern time) on the next business day.

Results will be announced March 2019.

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