Open Access Information Session

June 17, 2015

Information session on the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) invite the Canadian research community to an information session on their recently announced Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. The session will be an opportunity for the research community to learn more about the policy and its impacts on agency-funded research publications.

The information session will be delivered by webinar.

To join the session

  1. English session: Friday June 26, 2015 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
  2. French session: Monday June 22, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST

About the policy

  1. The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications was released by NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR on February 27, 2015.

Instructions to connect

  1. Test your connection and get a quick overview
  2. For better sound quality, you can also connect by teleconference
    1. Local Dial-in: 613-960-7513
    2. Toll free Dial-in: 1-877-413-4788
    3. Enter the Conference ID: 5248493

For more information about the session

  1. NSERC:
  2. SSHRC:
  3. CIHR:

Tri-Council Open Access Policy on Publications Released

February 27, 2015

The new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications was announced today.  Link to the news release.

…Link to the policy

“Quick Facts

  • Open access is the practice of providing free and unrestricted online access to research publications.
  • In keeping with the global movement towards open access, the harmonized policy requires that researchers receiving grants from CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC  make their resulting peer-reviewed journal articles freely available online within 12 months of publication.
  • Researchers can comply with the open access policy in two ways: ‘self-archiving’ by depositing their peer-reviewed manuscript to an online repository that will make the manuscript freely accessible within 12 months of publication; or submitting their manuscript to a journal that offers open access within 12 months of publication.”

Implementation Date: For research funded in whole or in part by SSHRC, this policy applies to all grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward. While not required, researchers holding grants that were awarded prior to May 1, 2015 are encouraged to adhere to the requirements of this policy.

Various resources to assist researchers in complying with this policy can be found in the Toolbox.

More information on Scholarly Publishing and Open Access at Western is available at:

Our Faculty recently sponsored a talk on Open Access by Joanne Paterson from Western LibrariesLink to the slides

Open Access Resources

January 22, 2015

“Open access makes it possible for the results of research to have the greatest possible impact. It is based on the idea that the products of research (i.e., full-text publications and research data) should be available to the user free of charge and without restrictions. This means that the results of research should be permanently accessible online, either through open access electronic journals, monographs or textbooks, or through institutional or personal repositories or archival systems.” (Source -SSHRC)

Tri-Council Policy on Open Access

Directory of Open Access Journals:

Directory of Open Access Repositories:

A listing of publisher copyright policies & self-archiving info can be found here:

Publishers allowing use of their PDFs in repositories can be found here:

Please plan to attend our session on Open Access on Friday, January 30.

Scholarship@Western & Open Access: What’s in it for me?

January 21, 2015

Please join us for an information session

Scholarship@Western and Open Access:
What’s in it for Me?

Joanne Paterson
Coordinator, Scholarship@Western
Metadata Management Librarian
Western Libraries

Friday, January 30th
12:00 – 1:20 pm
Faculty of Education Community Room (1139)

Publishing in an open access repository gives your research global reach. Wide dissemination of your work can mean more citations and more impact. Getting your scholarly work published is as easy as uploading a paper to a website. Find out how Scholarship@Western can benefit you and how it can help you meet the requirements of funding agencies for open access.

A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Tina Beynen.

Joanne Paterson has an BMus in Music History and Literature and MA in Musicology from The University of Calgary, and an MScILS from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. She began her library career in the Music Division of the National Library of Canada where she catalogued sound recordings and music scores. Her metadata specialty allowed her to volunteer for digital preservation projects, such as the metadata necessary for the implementation of a TDR (Trusted Digital Repository) and a project to re-purpose publisher metadata. This led to a position in the Digital Office, in the newly formed Library and Archives Canada (BACLAC), where she managed staff in the acquisition of digital objects, Web-Harvesting, and Theses Canada, the ETD program (Electronic Thesis and dissertations). She came to Western just over two years ago to work in Library Information Resources Management, where she performs a diverse set of roles including metadata management, advising on digital projects, and managing the Institutional Repository.


Presentation Slides

Open Access Week at Western Libraries

October 20, 2014

Open access (OA) is a principle by which scholarly content is made available online free of charge to users and with minimal copyright and licensing restrictions

“Open access truly expands shared knowledge across scientific fields — it is the best path for accelerating multi-disciplinary breakthroughs in research.”  ~ Open Letter to the US Congress signed by Nobel Prize winners


Join Western Libraries as they celebrate Open Access Weekopenaccess2014

Open Access Policy Consultation Results

June 10, 2014

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.

Please send any questions or comments to

Consultation -Draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

November 1, 2013

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have officially launched a consultation with their communities on the draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy. 

The harmonized draft policy is modeled after the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) Open Access Policy, which remains unchanged and continues to be mandatory

The consultation document is now available for input until December 13, 2013.

Your Feedback

NSERC and SSHRC invite post-secondary institutions, associations, organizations and individuals to provide their input on the draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy by visiting the NSERC Web site.

Institutional and organizational representatives are asked to consult their researchers and membership and report on the collective perspective.  Individuals may also respond independently. Please indicate the section(s) of the draft policy being referred to, within your written feedback.

Responses should be sent electronically to

Please note that the consultation document is accessible online until December 13, 2013, at which time the consultation period ends.

NSERC and SSHRC would like to thank the groups and individuals who have provided advice and feedback through the development of the draft policy.

For more information, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions or contact

Thank you in advance for your collaboration.

Open Access to Research Findings

October 27, 2011

Western Libraries will host two identical sessions of the Open Up Your Published Research workshop.  Details are available at:

  Open Up Your Published Research

 Find out how to make your published research openly and legally available online

Session 1

Date: Monday, Oct. 31
Time: 2 – 3 pm
Location: Kellogg Room, Taylor Library

Session 2

Date: Thursday, Nov. 17
Time: 2 – 3 pm
Location: Electronic Instruction Room, Weldon Library

Workshop poster