Open Access and the ASPP

Open Access and the ASPP

In October 2013, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences embarked on a multi-year project to develop an Open Access policy for the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP). The initial phase focused on research and information gathering, including a scan of international and Canadian policy and practice, and informal discussions with several groups from Canada and around the world. Out of this process, the Federation developed a draft policy position for consultation, based on the following principles:   

  • The Federation supports Open Access; and  
  • A dynamic Canadian scholarly publishing sector continues to be of utmost importance to the dissemination of Canadian research.

The Federation’s draft policy for the ASPP is:

  • The ASPP will actively support Open Access publishing of ASPP-funded books.

Download the following documents prepared by the Federation:


The Federation sought input on this draft policy for the ASPP between May and September 2014. A public event was held at the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences on Sunday, May 25. Following this event, the Federation launched an online consultation. The consultation closed on September 18, 2020.

The Federation will now consider the feedback it received and finalize the policy, which will be announced in early 2015.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or 613-238-6112 ext 350.


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