Open Access

Update

Opening Up Canadian Research to the World: The New Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

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) 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.

The policy is modeled after CIHR’s policy, which has been in effect since 2008. While CIHR-funded researchers will now refer to the new harmonized policy, compliance requirements will not change for the health research community. NSERC and SSHRC* researchers will be required to comply with the new policy for all grants awarded from May 1, 2015 onwards.

Please read the policy, Frequently Asked Questions and the Toolbox.

In the coming months, the Agencies will be hosting an open access webinar series to elaborate on the policy and answer your questions. More details will be available on this page in the coming weeks.

Please send any additional questions or comments to:

*SSHRC’s Policy on Open Access continues to apply to all grants awarded before May 1, 2015.  

Working together to promote access to the results of publicly funded research

The 2010 release of Access to Research Results: Guiding Principles by the three federal granting agencies--the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)--included a commitment to developing a shared approach for improving access to publicly funded research in keeping with internationally recognized best practices, standards and policies for funding and conducting research.