Friday, July 6, 2012

Interested in open access and funding?

The tri-council funding agencies are committed to developing a shared approach for improving access to publicly funded research in keeping with internationally recognized best practices, standards and policies. As a first step toward the development of a joint policy, the agencies 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.

According to their Policy on Access to Research Outputs, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): States that all grants awarded January 1, 2008 and onward require grant recipients to make every effort to ensure that their peer-reviewed publications are freely accessible through the Publisher's website (Option 1) or an online repository as soon as possible and in any event within six months of publication (Option 2).

On their website, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) indicate that they support open access in principle. Additionally, under the Connection program, particular importance will be given to proposals that include plans for open access and open source approaches to knowledge mobilization. Costs associated with open access publishing are considered by SSHRC to be eligible grant expenses.

It is taking some time to take shape but in 2008, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced in that an Open Access policy is in development.
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