Open Access

What is Open Access?

What does this mean for researchers

If your research is funded in part or in full by CIHR, you are probably aware that starting with grants received after January 1st 2013, there are new requirements for publication.

 CIHR Open Access Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide free access to research that receives public funding while allowing researchers to benefit from a better dissemination of their results.

The CIHR stipulates that grant recipients need to:

  • "Submit your manuscript to a journal that offers immediate open access or offers open access to the paper on its website within 12 months. 
  • Submit your manuscript to a journal that does not offer open access, but will permit you to archive the peer-reviewed manuscript in a central or institutional repository within 12 months of publication."

Policy Option #1:

Select, when possible, an Open Access publisher, or one that enable free access on its website within 12 months.

Policy Option #2:

Archive the final version of a peer-reviewed manuscript in a central or institutional repository within 12 months of publication:

What about the costs associated with open access publishing?

The article processing fees for publishing in open access are an eligible expense under the CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC  Use of Grant Funds. Furthermore, McGill University is a  supporter member of BioMed Central (BMC) and can help with publishing costs in the BMC Journals if you are McGill staff.

How can the HSL library help you?

  1. Keeping you informed on this issue.
  2. Helping with choice of journals to publish in, including impact factors 
    and h-index.
  3. Advising on Copyright issues necessary for depositing in a repository.
     RoMEO
     McGill copyright and eprints
  4. Connecting with the institutional repositories.

For more information on open access, you can contact  Kendra Johnston (ext. 22453).

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