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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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09/10/21 8:00 PM Eastern


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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 qualifying institutions to support social sciences and humanities publications. Applicants needing to establish or renew institutional eligibility must do so at least 5 days prior to the deadline. Eligible article types include: research or theoretical articles and/or essays, and literature reviews, provided they meet the other criteria of being original, peer reviewed and high quality.

Aid to Scholarly Journals grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight 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.

Additional funding is available 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).

Funds can be used for the salaries, stipends, or related federal, provincial and institutional nondiscretionary benefits for editorial support staff (e.g., administrative staff, technicians). Funds can also be used for pertinent training of journal staff (e.g., technological training).

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GrantWatch ID#: 183990

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Up to $30,000 per year (base grant)
- Up to $5,000 per year (supplementary funding)

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 year. 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:

To be eligible for support, a journal must:
- Meet the definition of a scholarly journal;
- Offer either immediate open access upon publication or delayed open access with a 12-month maximum embargo period;
- Submit each article 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—journals unable to meet the required publication minimums due to the impacts of COVID-19 can nevertheless be considered eligible for support, but to be considered eligible, must describe these impacts in their application;
- 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.

The applicant must:
- Be the editor-in-chief of the journal or, in the case of an editorial collective, one of the editors;
- Be a faculty member of an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution; and
- Assume 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 proposing to administer a 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 solely to the Aid to Scholarly Journals funding opportunity.

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, counselling and therapy, and epidemiology.

Ineligible article types include: introductions; individual book, article or event reviews; letters to the editor; and editorials.

Aid to Scholarly Journals grant funds cannot be used for salaries, stipends or release time for faculty (including editors, co-editors, and/or members of editorial or review boards).

Pre-Application Information:

- Application deadline: September 10, 2021 (8 p.m. eastern)
- Results announced: March 2022

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

All not-for-profit organizations that require institutional eligibility must contact SSHRC at least five business days prior to the application deadline to be added to the application form and begin the eligibility process.

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 five business days prior to the grant application deadline.

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