ASPP: For authors

ASPP: For authors

***Effective March 23, 2020, the Federation for the Humanites and Social Sciences is unable to receive mail and courier deliveries due to COVID-19 closures. Please see electronic submission instructions below.***

Update: March 23, 2020

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is not able to receive mail through Canada Post or other couriers for the immediate future, due to COVID-19 security protocols being applied at our building.

If you are submitting an application to the ASPP to support publishing or translating a book, please email us at aspp-paes@ideas-idees.ca:

  • A PDF of the completed application form
  • All of the items listed at the end of the form, in electronic format

If you mailed us anything in the past week, please let us know by email. We expect that a small number of undelivered items are currently sitting with Canada Post, and we wish to minimize the impact that that may have.

Scholarly books

The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program is designed to assist with the publication of scholarly books on topics in the humanities and social sciences.

Scholarly books are extended academic texts that display sound scholarship and contribute to the advancement of knowledge and research.

Benefits of consulting a publisher

While authors are free to apply directly to the ASPP, many authors find it helpful to prepare their application with a publisher eligible to work with the ASPP. Publishers can help ensure that a work is ready for submission to the ASPP, since it is a highly competitive program.

Publishers are also able to gather peer review reports on the work that can be used for the ASPP application. For applications submitted by authors, the ASPP undertakes the peer review process.

The peer review process is necessarily lengthy. The ASPP cannot guarantee that its peer review will be completed within any specific time frame.

Since ASPP funded works must be published by an eligible publisher, authors often find it reassuring to know that one of those publishers is already interested in publishing their work before investing the time and effort required to complete the ASPP application process.

Consult a list of eligible publishers (pdf).

Publication Grant

Each year, the ASPP offers up to 180 Publication Grants to support the publication of scholarly books.

An ASPP Publication Grant provides $8,000 to offset the cost of publication. Grants are approved in principle prior to publication and are paid following publication directly to the publisher.

Download the guidelines and read them carefully before completing your application. The guidelines outline the eligibility criteria and the application process in detail.

Please complete the application form electronically by typing your responses directly into the form.

Translation Grant

Each year, the ASPP offers up to five Translation Grants to support translations of scholarly books.

An ASPP Translation Grant provides $12,000 to offset the cost of translation and publication. Grants are approved in principle prior to publication of the translation and are paid following publication directly to the publisher.

Download the guidelines and read them carefully before completing your application. The guidelines outline the deadlines, eligibility criteria and application process in detail.

Please complete the application form electronically by typing your responses directly into the form.

Submitting an application

Publication Grant applications are accepted and evaluated throughout the year. Some deadlines apply for Translation Grant applications - for more information, please consult the guidelines.

Applications may be submitted by regular mail or by email; coordinates can be found at the end of the application form. The preferred file format for email submissions is PDF.

If you are not able to send all the required documents by email, please submit your application by regular mail. Applications must be complete at the time of submission. The ASPP reserves the right to return incomplete applications.

Peer review and conflict-of-interest

All works submitted to the ASPP undergo a rigorous peer review process during which at least two peer reviewers provide detailed reports.

To ensure an unbiased evaluation, the peer reviewers must conform to the ASPP’s conflict-of-interest guidelines (pdf).

To facilitate a thorough evaluation, peer reviewers are asked to complete this report (pdf).

For more information on the peer review process, please consult the guidelines.

Acknowledging support

If your work is awarded an ASPP grant, the following acknowledgement must appear in the introduction, preface, acknowledgements or on the copyright page of the published work:

This book has been published with the help of a grant from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, through the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program, using funds provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Questions?

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page.