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 is seeking input on this draft policy for the ASPP. A public event was held at the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences on Sunday, May 25. Following this event, the Federation has launched an online consultation. The consultation period will close September 18, 2014.

There are two ways to take part in this public consultation:

  • You can email a PDF document to and we will upload it to this webpage
  • You can add a comment in the comments section below.

In either case please refer to the guidelines here and clearly identify whether you are responding on behalf of an organization or as an individual.

You may also use the comments section to respond to another response to the consultation - our aim is to encourage discussion.

We encourage all submissions to be public but if you wish to respond privately please email for details of how to do so.

Questions? Contact us at or 613-238-6112 ext 350.


Comments | Commentaires

The Federation invites comments in either official language. | La Fédération invite les personnes intéressées à formuler leurs commentaires dans l’une ou l’autre des langues officielles.

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