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Open Access

Information about open access, self-archiving and repositories.

Identifying funder OA requirements

Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC) Open Access Publication Policy [February 2015]

On February 27, 2015, the Tri-Agency Policy on Publications was announced.

"Grant recipients are required to ensure that any peer-reviewed journal publications arising from Agency-supported research are freely accessible within 12 months of publication."

For research funded in whole or in part by NSERC or SSHRC, this policy applies to all grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward. While not required, researchers holding grants that were awarded prior to May 1, 2015 are encouraged to adhere to the requirements of this policy.

For research funded in whole or in part by CIHR, this policy applies to all grants awarded January 1, 2008 and onward. While not required, researchers holding grants that were awarded prior to January 1, 2008 are encouraged to adhere to the requirements of this policy.

Resources

June 26, 2015 Tri-Council webinar on Open Access policy English session recording

Canadian Funders' Policies

Complying With The Tri-Agency Publication Policy

The Tri-Agency is recommending 2 paths to satisfy the open access policy.

1. Green Route (Online Repositories) - Deposit your article in an online repository. As the official repository for Dalhousie University, depositing in DalSpace fulfills this requirement.

Another Green option that is available to scholars is to deposit your content into a subject based disciplinary repository. The Tri-Agency recommends that scholars search OpenDOAR to determine if a site qualifies as an open access repository.

2. Gold Route (Journals) - Publish your research in a journal that permits immediate open access to the article. Many journals charge a fee to authors to make the article open access. This fee is called an author processing fee and can be claimed as part of your application for funding.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the grant recipient to determine which publishers allow authors to archive journal publications in accordance with funding agency policies. You can check the open access restrictions of many journals using Sherpa-Romeo. For additional information on author rights, including how to amend the standard author rights agreements see the Copyright tab in this guide. 

For assistance with either of the above options, please contact the Dalhousie Libraries at scholarly.communications@dal.ca