Open Access

Open Access Policy for Scholarly Research in Canada

  • As of February 2015, the Canadian funding agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) have endorsed open access for research publications.
  • Grant recipients must make their peer-reviewed journal publications freely accessible within 12 months of publication.
  • There are two options for compliance:
    • Option #1: Submit manuscripts to journals offering immediate open access or open access within 12 months.
    • Option #2: Archive the final peer-reviewed manuscript in a digital repository for free access within 12 months.
  • Publishing costs in open access journals are eligible expenses.
  • Grant recipients are responsible for determining publishers' copyright and archiving policies.
  • Agencies must be acknowledged in peer-reviewed publications.
  • The policy applies to peer-reviewed publications, not books, chapters, or data.

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