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Open Access

A guide for Mount Saint Vincent University scholars.
Open Access - a concept to enable scholarly communication. What is it ? Why is it important ?

Canadian Funding Agency News

Canadian Cancer Society
Effective July 2009, all researchers supported in whole or in part through the Canadian Cancer Society are required to make their published results of Canadian Cancer Society supported work publicly available.

Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance
As of April 2009, CBCRA now requires that grant holders supply an electronic copy of final, accepted manuscripts funded in whole or in part by CBCRA grants, to be posted in the CBCRA Open Access Archive, as soon as possible after publication.

National Research Council (NRC)
[The NRC Senior Executive Committee] SEC has established a policy making it mandatory, starting in January 2009, for NRC institutes to deposit copies of all peer-reviewed publications (articles, proceedings, books, book chapters) and technical reports in NPArC.

Canadian Health Services Research Foundation
Researchers funded by the Foundation after October 1, 2008 are required to make every effort to ensure that the results of their research are published in open access journals (freely available online) or in an online repository, within six months after initial publication.

Funding Agency Mandates for Open Access

See the list of funder mandates and policy details at: ROARMAP (Registry of Open Access Repository Material Archiving Policies)


From Create Change:

Not surprisingly, governments and funding agencies around the world are recognizing that dissemination of research results is part of the research process itself. Many are implementing or exploring policies to facilitate the sharing of information and realize the benefits of digital scholarship. For example:
  • The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy requires that its funded investigators deposit their final peer-reviewed manuscripts in PubMed Central, NIH’s online digital archive, for free public access within 12 months of journal publication. NIH also allows grant funds to be used to pay journal publication fees. (See the Association of Research Libraries’ guide to the policy.)


  • The Canadian Institutes of Health Research requires that all research papers from its funded projects are freely accessible online within six months of publication and that bioinformatics, atomic, and molecular coordinate data be deposited into a public database immediately upon publication of research results.


  • Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has endorsed the principle of open access and is moving to increase awareness, pursue discussions with major stakeholders, and gradually incorporate open access provisions in research support programs.


  • Wellcome Trust, the UK’s largest private biomedical research funder, requires grantees to submit an electronic copy of the final manuscripts of their research papers into PubMed Central. It also provides grantholders with additional funding to cover publication fees charged by open access journals.


  • The Research Councils UK supports the principle that “knowledge derived from publicly funded research must be made available for public use.” Several of its component funding councils have implemented policies asking or requiring their grantees to deposit journal articles and conference proceedings in open online archives when appropriate archives are available and copyright or licensing arrangements permit.


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