Recipients of grants from NSERC, SSHRC, & CIHR “are required to ensure that any peer-reviewed journal publications arising from Agency-supported research are freely accessible within 12 months of publication.”
This applies to NSERC & SSHRC grants awarded May 1, 2015 and later.
For CIHR grants, this applies to those awarded January 1, 2008 and later.
The Principal Investigator is responsible for ensuring compliance to this policy.
How can you comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy?
Recipients of a tri-agency grant can choose to either deposit their article in:
an online repository or
publish in an open access journal.
Option 1: Open Access Repositories
Open access repositories manage and preserve content which is freely accessible to everyone.
Depositing your peer-reviewed paper in an institutional repository (such as the University of Guelph’s Atrium) will fulfil this grant requirement.
Disciplinary specific repositories also fit this requirement. OpenDOAR provides a searchable list of open access repositories.
The researcher is responsible for ensuring that the publishing contract for the peer-reviewed article allows for the post-print (the final version of the article, post-refereeing) to be made open access within 12 months of publication.
Option 2: Journals
Publishing in an open access journal fulfils the policy’s requirements. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides a searchable list of open access journals.
Publishing in a traditional journal is permitted, so long as the post-print version is made open access within 12 months of publication.
The SHERPA/RoMEO database provides the copyright and archiving policies of various journal publishers.