Opening Up Canadian Research to the World: The New Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications
NSERC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), are pleased to announce a harmonized policy on access to research publications. The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications builds on the 2010 endorsement of open access principles by all three agencies and reflects the feedback we received from over 200 respondents through our online consultation in fall 2013.
NSERC and SSHRC researchers will be required to comply with the new policy for all grants awarded from May 1, 2015 onward. While CIHR-funded researchers will now refer to the new, harmonized policy, compliance requirements will not change for the health research community.
In the coming months, we will be hosting an open access webinar series to elaborate on the policy and answer your questions. More details will be available on the tri-agency Open Access page in the coming weeks.
We encourage you to visit NSERC's Open Access page regularly for the latest information and updates on open access. Please send any questions or comments to email@example.com.
Last fall, NSERC and SSHRC held an online consultation on a Draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy. We received 201 submissions from various individuals and groups from the research community, institutional libraries, scholarly associations, non-governmental organizations, publishers, and journals.
Overall, the consultation revealed strong support for the principle of making the published results of Agency-supported research publicly available. There were a number of common themes raised in the responses, including the following:
You can view the full report of the summary of the consultation results, which reflects the feedback we received.
We would like to thank everyone who provided feedback. The final version of the Open Access Policy will be announced soon.
Please send any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Agencies would like to thank the groups and individuals who have provided advice and feedback through the development of the draft policy.