Expanding the ASPP


1972 – Expanding the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program

Up this point, the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) of each research council has been fairly small. The majority of applications have come from large university presses and many scholars were not aware of the programs. This means that between 1942 and 1971, only 423 books have been published with aid from either council, which is not a huge number. Starting in 1970, however, a Publications Officer and two secretaries are hired specifically to administer the program, allowing it to expand. In 1972, the publications committees of both the Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Social Science Research Council of Canada hold their first joint meeting to better coordinate the program between them. They adopt new general guidelines for publishing, which help increase the percentage of Canadian authors and publishers aided by the program. Over the next 10 years, the program continues to expand, becoming one of the major elements of the work of both councils.