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Open Access: About Open Access (OA)

OA Tracking Project

This feed is created by many volunteers that tag online items related to open access.

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Email Lists on OA

Email Discussion Lists on OA

Join the email discussions or read the archives online.

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).

Link to policy statement.

Link to the policy FAQs.

Free Ebook by OA Expert Peter Suber

Free eBook available to download in several formats: ePUB, Mobi, PDF, HTML


"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)

The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large.

OA Advocacy Organizations

The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is the place to visit first for a wealth of information on open access issues, educational materials, and various related resources.

The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting open knowledge in all its forms.

The Right to Research Coalition is an open access advocacy organization for students. Lots of great advocacy materials found here!

Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS) is both an information service and a forum for raising and discussing issues around the mission of modern universities and research institutions, particularly with regard to the creation, dissemination and preservation of research findings.

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.

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 new guide is intended to help authors make informed decisions on where to publish based on publisher policies.

CAUT Policy

Institutional OA Policies/Mandates

University of Saskatchewan Librarians and Archivists Open Access Commitment (PDF) - Librarians and archivists adopted this commitment January 26, 2010.

Registry of Open Access Repository Material Archiving Policies (ROARMAP) - A registry of OA policies/mandates of institutions and funding agencies worldwide.

Melibea - Another directory of institutional and funding agency OA policies.

Good practices for university open-access policies - This is a guide to good practices for university open-access (OA) policies. It's based on the type of policy adopted at Harvard, Stanford, and MIT (among others). 

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