Open Access Policy Consultation Results

This is a follow-up to the online consultation on the Draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy.

The consultation received 201 submissions from various individuals and groups from the research community, scholarly associations, institutional libraries, non-governmental organizations, publishers, and journals.

Overall, the consultation revealed strong support for the principle of making the published results of Agency-supported research publicly available. There were a number of common themes raised in the responses, including the following:

  • Many respondents commented that the policy could influence where they publish and subsequently, could have an impact on their research careers.
  • The majority of researchers commented that the policy would impact their grant funds if they would be required to pay for publishing in open access journals.
  • Depending on respondents’ discipline or sector, some felt that the 12-month embargo period was too short while others felt it was too long.
  • Respondents commented that the policy could have implications for the sustainability of journals and scholarly associations.
  • Some respondents suggested expanding the policy’s scope to include other types of research results such as research data and monographs.
  • Several respondents mentioned the importance of optimizing repository systems to ensure that papers are easily searchable and accessible.
  • A few respondents questioned how compliance with the policy would be monitored.

You are invited to read the full report of the summary of the consultation results, which reflects the feedback received.

It is anticipated that the final version of the policy will be announced in fall 2014.

The group recognizes the importance of the issues raised in the consultation and will continue to engage in discussions with key stakeholders. Their goal is to explore cooperative approaches for continuing to move towards open access to research publications.

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