We understand that it is your job to assess and evaluate the legitimacy and quality of new journals, particularly in this online world of shifting publishing practices and business models.

With that in mind, we’re proud to introduce FACETS , a Canadian option for researchers who wish to publish in a multidisciplinary open access journal.

For librarians FACETS has two main benefits. First, as your researchers are looking for publishing advice and publication suggestions that the meet open access requirements of your institution, or federal funding bodies, FACETS provides a trusted publishing channel that strictly adheres to all open access requirements (we’re an open access journal, after all). Secondly, in growing and updating your collection with open access material, you now have a journal, published by Canada’s largest scientific journal publisher with more than 85 years of experience, which you can proudly include in your collection and promote to your faculty and students.

At FACETS , we believe that open access will succeed only if there are quality and trusted publishers publishing rigorously peer-reviewed content that advances science, ideas and knowledge. We also believe that open access is a partnership between publishers and librarians; you are our main vehicle through which we reach our readers and future authors.


FACETS is governed by an international editorial board composed of experts in their field and led by Founding co-Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Jules Blais , and co-Editor-in-Chief Dr. Fanie Pelletier . To learn more about our publishing practices, please read our Publishing Policy .

We believe that peer review is a pillar of open access publishing. Articles in FACETS undergo rigorous peer review. For more information on our peer review process, please visit our guidelines for reviewers .

Promote FACETS to Your Researchers

Like many universities in Canada, your university, college or institute is likely actively involved in ensuring the widest possible dissemination of research outputs. Many institutions have established institution-wide open access policies or mandates for researchers or are working on ways to support researchers fulfill open access requirements of federally funded research.

FACETS strictly adheres to the open access requirements of federally funded research:

  • Articles published in FACETS are licensed under CC BY.
  • Articles published in FACETS are available as open access immediately with absolutely no embargo.
  • Authors maintain copyright of their content published in FACETS .
  • Articles published in FACETS are available in perpetuity with absolutely no fees for readers.

Have the confidence in using your Author Fund to support open access publishing in FACETS .

We consider librarians a key partner in the continued success of open access publishing. We have many flexible models available for librarians who wish to either purchase bulk APCs on behalf of their researchers or who wish to subsidize the cost of the APC for their institution. For more information please get in touch .

Working with FACETS ’ Metadata

Ensuring that articles published in FACETS are widely shared and discovered is one of our main goals and priorities.

We are also serious about conforming to the latest metadata standards and to that effect, XML and JSON files are available with each article to meet the needs of librarians and facilitate uptake. Our team is heavily involved in the emerging trends in standardising XML markup to facilitate system uptake and enable the reuse of content.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the ingestion of FACETS metadata or content into your catalogue, please contact the editorial office .


For librarians, the preservation and long-term accessibility of the products of research is a chief concern. We echo those concerns and for that reason all articles published in FACETS are archived in Portico and CLOCKSS to ensure long-term preservation of digital journal content. This means that even in the unlikely event that FACETS or Canadian Science Publishing ceases to exist; the scientific record published within this journal will continue to be available.

As part of our Instructions to Authors we encourage authors to make data used in submitted articles available in a publicly accessible database at the time of publication. For information about subject-specific repositories, please refer to the Instructions to Authors .

More About Canadian Science Publishing, Publisher of FACETS

We understand that part of vetting a new journal is to learn more about its publisher. While FACETS is a new journal, it has the backing and expertise of Canadian Science Publishing (CSP).

  • CSP is a not-for-profit publisher dedicated to serving research communities.
  • CSP provides financial support to research communities, societies, and other not-for-profit partners by sponsoring knowledge-sharing activities such as conferences, sponsorships, awards, scholarships, symposium, science communication programs, youth science and more.
  • CSP is the publisher of the NRC Research Press suite of 20 journals , many in continuous publication since 1929.

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