Beyond science, can one size of OA fit all?

This post originally appeared on on September 15, 2014.

Elizabeth Allen

The ScienceOpen team are pleased to announce some changes to facilitate the spread of Open Access publishing beyond the sciences, its traditional strong-hold. To encourage those in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) to try OA we are:

  • Lowering our HSS publication fee until such time as more OA funds become available to this community. Needs based partial or full fee waivers are available.
  • Exploring different publication formats, not just articles
  • Actively recruiting...

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ASPP Spotlight: Vicarious Kinks, by Ummni Khan

Professor Ummni Khan, Associate Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, is not one to shy away from “taboo” research topics. Her latest book, Vicarious Kinks: SM in the Socio-Legal Imaginary (University of Toronto Press), takes a closer look at the claims made about sadomasochism and its practitioners, and what this in turn says about the institutions making those claims. This ASPP-funded title certainly caught our attention, and so we turned to Professor Khan with the question: Are some topics too taboo to tackle for a researcher?

Here is Professor Khan’s response:...

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ASPP Spotlight: Hockey, PQ: Canada's Game in Quebec's Popular Culture

By Amy J. Ransom, Associate Professor of French at Central Michigan University

Hockey is arguably the most identifiably Canadian cultural marker. We can take its national significance as a given considering that even the Prime Minister has found time in his busy schedule to write a book about the sport!

My goal in Hockey, PQ: Canada's Game in Quebec's Popular Culture (University of Toronto Press) was to convey the meaning of hockey in Francophone Quebec to the Rest of Canada. It might be argued that the love of “la game” is the only thing uniting the two solitudes, as illustrated by the popularity of the Quebec film Bon cop, bad cop (2005) across Canada.

Although regional...

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ASPP Spotlight: Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge, by Nancy J. Turner


Nancy J. Turner CM, OBC, PhD, FRSC, FLS

Distinguished Professor and Hakai Professor of Ethnoecology

School of Environmental Studies

University of Victoria

The two-volume book, Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America, published by McGill-Queens University Press, represents, for me, a culmination of many years of research and thought about the complex, long-term, ever-changing relationships among humans, plants, and environments here in...

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SSH News: ASPP and liberal arts degrees in the news

The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) is a competitive funding program designed to assist with the publication of scholarly books on topics in the humanities and social sciences. Through this program, the Federation tangibly supports research dissemination and encourages excellence in humanities and social science scholarship. This week, the Federation is delighted to congratulate two ASPP-supported authors on their celebrated works:

  • Willie Jenkins for the ACIS James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for Books on History and Social Sciences and the Ontario Historical Society Prize for his book, William...

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As heard at the 2014 Canada Prizes awards ceremony

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences announced the winners of the 2014 Canada Prizes on April 30. The Canada Prizes are awarded annually to the best scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences that have received funding from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program.

During the awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 7, 2021 at York University’s Glendon College in Toronto, each of the winners was interviewed about their celebrated work. Be sure to listen to their interviews now!


Canada Prize in the Humanities
Sandra Djwa, for Journey With No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page...

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Sometimes it is enough to simply be excellent

Guest post by Michael Adams The Environics Institute and Environics Research Group

The following is a speech given by Michael Adams at the 2014 Canada Prizes award ceremony at York University’s Glendon College Campus on May 7, 2014, where the Federation celebrated this year’s four winners.

Good evening, everyone. It is an honour for me to have been asked to be deliver the keynote address for this year’s Canada Prize Awards, especially as I served on the jury with two distinguished scholars: Janice Stein of the University of Toronto’s Munk School and professor Greg Kealey...

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SSH News: Farley Mowat, Canada Prizes award ceremony, Hot button issues in higher education

It is with a heavy heart that Canada says goodbye to Farley Mowat, a literary great and passionate Canadian. Mowat passed away, yesterday, at the age of 92. “Mowat, author of dozens of works including Lost in the Barrens and Never Cry Wolf, introduced Canada to readers around the world and shared everything from his time abroad during the Second World War, to his travels in the North and his concern for the deteriorating environment,” writes the CBC.

In much brighter news from the Canadian literary scene, the Federation was honoured to award the four winners of the 2014 Canada Prizes at a gala held yesterday at York University...

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