Thursday, October 31, 2013

All about the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

Exciting news: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are developing a harmonized policy on access to research publications.

As of January 1, 2008, all CIHR funded researchers have been required to make their peer-reviewed publications accessible at no cost within 12 months of publication.

As of September 1, 2014, all SSHRC and NSERC researchers will also be required to make their peer-reviewed publications accessible at no cost within 12 months of publication.
Adherence to the policy would be achieved by submitting peer-reviewed journal publications:
• To a journal that offers Open Access to articles on it website, either immediately or within 12 months OR
• To a central or institutional repository, where it will be made freely available within 12 months of publication.

Costs associated with publishing in online open access journals will be considered as eligible grant expenses by the Agencies. Many journals allow authors to deposit their post-review copy of the publication within an institutional or disciplinary repository within 12 months at no cost.

Principal investigators for each grant will be responsible for compliance with the policy.

NSERC and SSHRC have invited institutions, associations, organizations and individuals to provide input on the draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy.

Institutional and organizational representatives are asked to consult their researchers and membership and report on the collective perspective. Individuals may also respond independently.

The draft policy is accessible until December 13, at which time the consultation period ends.

Responses should be sent electronically to

~~~~~~ Posted by K. Jane


  1. Deposit Has to Be By Author, Immediate, and in Institutional Repository

    The Canadian Draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy is excellent in preserving fundees’ free choice of journal, and free choice about whether or not to use their research funds to pay to publish in an OA journal. However, deposit in the fundee’s institutional repository immediately upon acceptance for publication needs to be required, whether or not the fundee chooses to publish in an OA journal and whether or not access to the deposit is embargoed for 12 months. The immediate-deposit requirement makes it possible for the fundee’s institution to monitor and ensure timely compliance with the funder OA policy. It also motivates institutions to adopt complementary OA policies of their own, for all their research output, funded and unfunded. The immediate-deposit requirement also facilitates providing individual eprints by the fundee to individual eprint requestors for research purposes during any embargo. Institutional repository deposits can then be automatically exported to any institutional-external repositories the fundee, funding agency or institution wishes. On no account should compliance with funding agency conditions be left to the publisher rather than the fundee and the fundee’s institution.


    1. Thanks for this feedback Stevan. Your knowledge of the issues makes your feedback all the more important.
      ~ jane burpee