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Open Access: About Open Access (OA)

OA Tracking Project

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Benefits of Open Access

The many benefits of making your research open access! 



(Original graphic by Danny Kingsley and Sarah Brown of Cambridge University LINK).

Canadian Funders' Policies on OA

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

Grant recipients are required to ensure that any peer-reviewed journal publications arising from Agency-supported research are freely accessible within 12 months of publication. Recipients can do this through one of the following routes:

  1. Online Repositories
  2. Journals

NSERC & SSHRC: This policy applies to all grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward.

CIHR: This policy applies to all grants awarded January 1, 2008 and onward. CIHR grant recipients have additional responsibilities to make their research data publicly available (see the link above for more details).

Free Ebook by OA Expert Peter Suber

"In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn’t, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber’s influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers."


The University Library also has a print copy available:

Open Access Directory (OAD)

Routes to OA: Green vs Gold

Gold OA is publishing in an OA journal (or hybrid journal) and the article is immediately available OA. Sometimes there can be an article processing charge (APC) for this.

Green OA is publishing in a conventional journal and then self-archiving a copy in an open online repository. Often there can be an embargo on the article, so it is not immediately available OA.

U15 Statement

U15 Statement on Sustainable Publishing

July 17, 2017

"The U15 shares international concerns regarding the necessity for an accessible and sustainable model of scholarly publishing. We are committed to the widest possible access to research and scholarly outputs."

The U15 is a group of leading research-intensive universities in Canada. The University of Saskatchewan is a member.

CAUT Policy

Open Access Spectrum

Thousands of journals have adopted policies that embrace some or all of the OA core components related to: readership; reuse; copyright; posting; and machine readability. This guide is intended to help authors make informed decisions on where to publish based on publisher policies.

OA Advocacy Organizations