Open access mandates are an increasingly common element of funder agreements. In 2015 the Tri-Agencies harmonized their open access policies, requiring funding recipients to make their published research openly available.

For this activity, consult the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications and, given the policy elements, consider how you would comply. When reviewing the policy, look for information on:

  • What types of research outputs fall under the policy
  • Whether or not there is financial support to pay article processing charges
  • What embargo period is allowed
  • Acceptable venues for open access publication

This policy is relevant for all funding awarded from The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). 

Complete this Activity

Having reviewed the policy, write a brief insight outlining possible routes to policy compliance via both the green and gold approach. When composing your insight, consider the following:

  • For a green open access approach, where would you deposit your work? Do the journals you publish in allow self-archiving within the time frame outlined in the policy?
  • For a gold open access approach, what journals would you consider? What, if any, publishing cost would there be? How would you cover it?

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