Important update for Aid to Scholarly Journals grant recipients and applicants

In July 2023, the three federal research funding agencies announced a review of the current Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications (OA Policy) with the goal of making peer-reviewed journal articles resulting from agency-supported research freely available, without subscription fee, at the time of publication.

SSHRC’s Aid to Scholarly Journals (ASJ) funding opportunity plays an important role in supporting the OA Policy. Transitioning the ASJ funding opportunity to support journals that adopt immediate open access will provide Canadian social sciences and humanities researchers with high-quality publications in which they may publish their research results, while removing barriers to access these research articles.

To facilitate an effective, sustainable and equitable transition of the ASJ funding opportunity toward immediate open access, SSHRC is delaying the launch of the next ASJ funding cycle from summer 2024 to summer 2025.This delay will allow more time for engagement with the research community and other stakeholders. Current ASJ grant holders will receive a funded one-year extension to their grants.

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