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Tri-Agency Open Access Policy: What you need to know


This video provides information about the
Tri-Agency Open Access Policy for researchers who have received a grant or are applying
for a Tri-Agency grant. The Open Access policy was implemented in
May 2015 by the three Federal Research Agencies: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR),
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) The policy requires recipients to ensure that
peer-reviewed journal publications arising from Agency-supported research are freely
accessible within 12 months of publication The policy’s goals include improving public
access to research; promoting research best practices across all disciplines; advancing
research and innovation in Canada and promoting barrier and cost free access to information. These goals align with the global Open Access
movement. There are two ways that grant recipients can
fulfill the requirements. Within 12 months of publication, grant recipients
must either : deposit their article or data in an online repository OR publish in an Open
Access journal. Let’s explore these options a little further. (Option 1)
An open access repository preserves content that is accessible to everyone. There are discipline specific repositories
and institutional repositories. (Option 1)
Discipline specific repositories can be found on OpenDOAR
You can deposit your work into the Atrium, the University of Guelph’s online repository. This is an easy way for UG researchers to
comply with the policy. (We can also add in here a link to video on
preparing you work for deposit in description of the video)
(Option 2) The second option is to publish in an open
access journal that either provides immediate open access or access within 12 months. You can browse for open access journals in
the Directory of Open Access Journals For more information and to read the full
policy, visit: guides.lib.uoguelph.ca/TriAgency If you require assistance with interpreting
and complying with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy, please contact the library’s Research
& Scholarship team at [email protected]

Stephen Childs

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