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SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Journals


Funding will contribute to the broad dissemination and impact of original research results in social science and humanities scholarship through Canadian scholarly journals, and will assist journals as they seek to take advantage of advances in digital technologies.  Subject Matter Eligibility can be found at

Funds will be awarded to help defray the costs of publishing scholarly articles, to assist with distribution costs, and to support journal organizations in their transitioning to and maintaining digital formats.


The maximum value of the ASJ grant is $30,000 per annum.  Grants are tenable for three years.  The value of the basic grant will be calculated on the basis of $850 for each approved, peer-reviewed, scholarly article to be published during each year of the grant period. 


As part of the total grant value, up to $5,000 per annum may be requested for each of the following expenses:

  • distribution costs or those costs directly related to the print or electronic circulation of the journal (i.e., printing and mailing costs or fees paid to electronic-service providers);
  • costs directly related to transitioning to or maintaining an electronic format (e.g., the purchase of new computers and/or software; and/or costs related to launching a website, supporting an existing website, and/or training staff).



To be eligible for support under this program, a journal must:

  • be a peer-reviewed academic publication that disseminates the results of original scholarship (Subscription-based journals, journals using an open-access business model, and journals using a "moving wall" arrangement to provide delayed open access are eligible for support.);
  • 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 four issues, each having at least three peer-reviewed articles, or, for electronic journals not publishing in issue format, at least 12 peer-reviewed articles;
  • have an editor-in-chief who is a faculty member of a Canadian postsecondary institution;
  • have an editorial board responsible for the intellectual direction and content of the journal of which at least one-third of the board's members are scholars affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution; and
  • be published primarily in English and/or French.


Application Process:
If you intend to apply, please contact the Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS),
Pamela McIntyre, Senior Advisor, Development, at or extension 23713.

More Information:

Additional information regarding the Aid to Scholarly Journals, including   journal and article eligibility, and eligible expenses, can be found on the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada website at: