Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

James A. Gibson Library

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

Canada's three major research funding agencies --the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) -- expect to announce details of a Tri-Agency Open Access policy in Fall 2014.

The policy has been approved by research councils and a communications and implementation strategy is now being considered. A formal announcement is expected in October with implementation to begin in May 2015.

The policy is expected to require recipients of Tri-Agency funding to make the results of their research publicly accessible within 12 months of publication: either via publishing in an Open Access journal or depositing their work in an online archive, such as Brock's Digital Repository.

The policy follows a consultation period held in the fall of 2013.

In November and December 2013, the James A. Gibson Library and the Office of Research Services collected feedback from Brock University stakeholders on Canada's draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

Results of the survey were presented as a collective response to the policy and are available in this report.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) are considering a policy that would require federally funded peer-reviewed journal publications to be made freely available within one year of publication. This policy is modeled on the existing, mandatory Open Access Policy of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
More information about the consultation document is available here:
http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/_doc/Policies-Politiques/Tri-OA-Policy-Politique-LA-Trois_eng.pdf

Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Yates, Liaison/Scholarly Communication Librarian: eyates@brocku.ca or 905-688-5550, ext. 4469

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