Open Access


Open Access Consultation Results Now Available

Last fall, NSERC and SSHRC held an online consultation on a draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy. We received 201 submissions from various individuals and groups from the research community, scholarly associations, non-governmental organizations, publishers and journals. A summary of the consultation findings is now available. We would like to thank everyone who provided their feedback. It will be instrumental in shaping the new policy and its implementation. The Agencies anticipate announcing the final version of the Open Access policy in fall 2014.

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)--includes a commitmentto 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.

As a first step toward the development of a joint policy, the agencies recently commissioned a Comprehensive Brief on Open Access to Publications and Research Data,  an environmental scan of the policy context in Canada and internationally, and the diverse challenges of open access from the point of view of different stakeholder groups, including universities, researchers across various disciplines, and government agencies. This briefing paper will be used as a starting point to inform discussions between the three federal granting agencies as they consider how they might implement open access measures, collectively or individually, over the next few years. The agencies’ ultimate goal is to adopt a joint policy on access to research results.