Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Canadian Social Science is an international, open-access journal that promotes knowledge advancement and intellectual exchange across the full spectrum of the humanities and social sciences. The journal welcomes contributions from researchers, scholars, and practitioners worldwide, representing diverse perspectives and approaches.

Published in both English and French, Canadian Social Science offers a bilingual platform for researchers to share their findings and engage in scholarly discussions. The journal's editorial office is located in Quebec, Canada, reflecting the rich cultural and linguistic diversity of the region.

Founded in 2005, Canadian Social Science has established itself as a reputable publication in the field, providing a valuable resource for scholars and researchers globally. With a commitment to open access, the journal ensures that all published articles are freely available to readers worldwide, facilitating the dissemination of knowledge and promoting global collaboration.

The journal covers a wide range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to:

  • Anthropology

  • Sociology

  • Psychology

  • Political Science

  • Economics

  • Education

  • Communication Studies

  • Cultural Studies

  • History

  • Geography

  • Philosophy

  • Linguistics

  • Literature

  • Law and Legal Studies

  • Gender and Women's Studies

  • Ethnic Studies

  • Art

  • And other related fields

Canadian Social Science encourages the submission of original research articles, literature reviews, theoretical papers, methodological papers, and book reviews that address critical issues and challenges within the humanities and social sciences. The journal values interdisciplinary approaches and encourages the integration of diverse perspectives to foster comprehensive and insightful research.

The rigorous peer-review process employed by Canadian Social Science ensures the publication of scholarly and well-founded research. The journal strives to maintain high editorial standards and to provide a platform for rigorous academic discourse.

We invite researchers, scholars, and practitioners from all countries to contribute to Canadian Social Science, contributing to the advancement of knowledge and promoting interdisciplinary dialogue within the humanities and social sciences.

Please note that the journal's aims and scope may be subject to periodic updates and revisions. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the journal's website or guidelines.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

A. Purpose of Peer Review
Thank you for the effort and expertise that you contribute to reviewing, without which it would be impossible to maintain the high standards of peer-reviewed journals.
Peer review is a critical element of scholarly publication, and one of the major cornerstones of the scientific process. Peer Review serves two key functions:
1. Acts as a filter: Ensures research is properly verified before being published
2. Improves the quality of the research: rigorous review by other experts helps to hone key points and correct inadvertent errors

B.  Types of peer review
There are, essentially, three varieties of peer review. Each type carries with it some clear advantages, as well as some disadvantages:

1. Single Blind Review

The names of the reviewers are hidden from the author. This is the traditional method of reviewing and is, by far, the most common type.

Reviewer anonymity allows for impartial decisions free from influence by the author.

Authors fear the risk that reviewers working in the same field may withhold submission of the review in order to delay publication, thereby giving the reviewer the opportunity to publish first.

Reviewers may use their anonymity as justification for being unnecessarily critical or harsh when commenting on the author’s work.

2.  Double Blind Review

Both the reviewer and the author remain anonymous.

Author anonymity prevents any reviewer bias based on, for example, an author’s country of origin or previous controversial work.

Articles written by ‘prestigious’ or renowned authors are considered on the basis of the content of their papers, rather than on the author’s reputation.

It is uncertain whether a paper can ever truly be ‘blind’ – especially in specialty ‘niche’ areas. Reviewers can often identify the author through the paper’s style, subject matter or self-citation.

3.  Open Review

Reviewer and author are known to each other.

Some scientists feel this is the best way to prevent malicious comments, stop plagiarism, prevent reviewers from drawing upon their own ‘agenda’ and encourage open, honest reviewing.

Others argue the opposite view. They see open review as a less honest process in which politeness or fear of retribution may cause a reviewer to withhold or tone down criticism. For example, junior reviewers may hesitate to criticize more esteemed authors for fear of damaging their prospects. Independent studies tend to support this.


Publication Frequency


Open Access Policy

At Canadian Social Science, we are committed to promoting the widest possible dissemination of research and knowledge to benefit the global academic community and the public. As part of this commitment, we adopt an Open Access Policy, which encourages the free, immediate, and unrestricted access to our published content.

1. Publication Model: Canadian Social Science Journal follows the Gold Open Access model, wherein all articles are made freely available to readers upon publication.

2. Copyright and Licensing: Authors retain the copyright of their published work and grant Canadian Social Science a non-exclusive license to publish, distribute, and publicly display the article.

3. Creative Commons License: To facilitate open access, all articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0). This license allows others to share, adapt, and build upon the work, provided appropriate credit is given to the original author(s) and the journal.

4. Article Processing Charges (APCs): To cover the costs of editorial processes, peer review, production, and online hosting, Canadian Social Science may charge article processing fees. However, we are committed to exploring funding options to ensure affordability and accessibility for authors from diverse backgrounds.

5. Waivers and Discounts: We acknowledge that financial barriers may hinder some authors from paying APCs. Therefore, we offer fee waivers or discounts on a case-by-case basis, considering factors such as the author's country of origin, funding availability, and financial constraints.

6. Archiving and Preservation: All articles published in Canadian Social Science Journal are archived and preserved to ensure long-term access and availability through digital repositories and platforms.

7. Retraction and Corrections: In case of errors or inaccuracies in published content, Canadian Social Science will promptly correct or retract the article and provide transparent explanations for such actions.

8. Third-Party Rights: The Open Access Policy does not compromise any third-party rights or intellectual property agreements. Any content reproduced or used from other sources will be done so with proper attribution and permissions.

9. Compliance with Funding Agencies: Canadian Social Science complies with the open access policies of funding agencies to support authors in meeting the requirements of research funders.

10. Advocacy and Collaboration: We actively engage with stakeholders, institutions, and organizations to promote the adoption of open access principles and encourage knowledge sharing within the academic community.

By embracing this Open Access Policy, Canadian Social Science Journal aims to foster global knowledge dissemination, encourage collaboration, and advance research across disciplines in the spirit of openness and accessibility.

For any inquiries or further information, please contact our Editorial Office at office@cscanada.org.


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Canadian Social Science applies the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) license to all articles and works published in our journal. By submitting your paper for publication, you agree to the application of the CC BY license to your work. If your institution or funder requires a different license or public domain dedication (e.g., CC0 or Open Governmental License), we permit these licenses if they are equivalent to or more permissive than CC BY.

Under the CC BY 4.0 license, you, as the author, grant anyone the right to reuse your article content, in whole or part, for any purpose, even for commercial use. This includes self-archiving by authors in institutional repositories. Proper attribution to the author and the original source is required for all reuse and distribution.

This licensing approach promotes freedom in content reuse, ensuring that Canadian Social Science material can be accessed and utilized by researchers and readers without restrictions or barriers.


Plagiarism Policy

There is a zero-tolerance policy towards plagiarism in this journal. Manuscripts submitted are screened for plagiarism through the advanced plagiarism detection software before, during & after publication, If found erring, they will be rejected at any stage of processing.

If evidence of plagiarism is found before/after acceptance or after the publication of the paper, the author will be offered a chance for rebuttal. If the arguments are not found to be satisfactory, the manuscript will be retracted and the author sanctioned from publishing papers for a period to be determined by the responsible Editor(s).


Plagiarism is the act of presenting the words, ideas, or images of another as your own; it denies authors or creators of content the credit they are due. Whether deliberate or unintentional, plagiarism violates ethical standards in scholarship (see APA Ethics Code Standard 8.11, Plagiarism. https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/citations/plagiarism).

To avoid plagiarism, provide appropriate credit to your sources by adding author–date in-text citations for direct quotations and ideas (e.g., credit the originators of theories). If you model a study after one conducted by someone else, give credit to the author of the original study.

If you wish to reprint or adapt tables, figures, and images or to reprint long quotations or commercially copyrighted test items, you must provide more comprehensive credit in the form of a copyright attribution and may need permission from the copyright holder to use the materials. Even images from the internet that are free or licensed in the Creative Commons need a copyright attribution if you are reproducing them in your paper. For more information about copyright and permissions, see Sections 12.14–12.18 of the Publication Manual (7th ed.).


Self-plagiarism is the presentation of your own previously published work as original; like plagiarism, self-plagiarism is unethical. Self-plagiarism deceives readers by making it appear that more information is available on a topic than really exists. It gives the impression that findings are more replicable than is the case or that particular conclusions are more strongly supported than is warranted by the evidence. It may lead to copyright violations if you publish the same work with multiple publishers (sometimes called duplicate publication).