is a national project that is creating a country-wide network for the production, storage, and dissemination of, and access to digitized knowledge produced in Canada. It will focus on Social Science and Humanities peer-reviewed
A Spotlight on... the Canadian Journal of Counselling
"...working with the Synergies team at the University of Calgary has been a godsend....I am amazed when I think that our Journal is now available to individuals around the world in an instant -- all at no cost to the consumer, with the exception of the most current issues...." -- Kevin Alderson, editor Canadian Journal of Counselling, talking about the experience of transforming his print-only journal to an online-only, mostly open access journal through the Synergies project. Read the rest here
journals initially but eventually will include datasets, theses, conference proceedings, scholarly books and grey literature.
Synergies will bring Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities research into the mainstream of worldwide research discourse using a cost-effective public/not-for-profit partnership to maximize knowledge dissemination. Five regional centres across Canada make up this partnership.
The Prairie Node is led by the University of Calgary
and includes journals from Athabasca University
and the University of Winnipeg
. Each centre offers supported use of the Open Journals System (OJS)
to assist journals in making the transition online, enhancing their accessibility dramatically. Each centre also provides back issue digitization services.
The Synergies Project guarantees the long-term preservation of SSH knowledge. This is the key contribution the Prairie Node is providing to the national project. The preservation aspect will feature a distributed network of repositories, developing the first trusted digital repository for scholarly content.