NSERC, SSHRC propose open-access publications

October 16, 2013

Canada’s federal research funding agencies -- the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – are seeking feedback on a draft policy that would require federally-funded, peer-reviewed journal publications to be made freely available within one year of publication. The Tri-agency Open Access Policy is modeled after the Canadian Institutes of Health Research open access policy, which has been in effect since 2008, and is aligned with the direction of other international research funding agencies such as those in Australia, the US, the European Union and the UK. The draft will be available for viewing and comment online until December 13. “Making research results as widely available and accessible as possible is an essential part of advancing knowledge and maximizing the benefits of publicly-funded research for Canadians,” says an NSERC statement on the policy. SSHRC News Release| CBC