The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications applies to all NSERC and SSHRC funded grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onwards. Only publications resulting from grants awarded after this date are affected by the new policy. CIHR’s existing Open Access Policy mandates open access compliance for research funded in whole or in part by CIHR after January 1, 2008.
The harmonized Tri-Agency policy requires that all peer-reviewed journal publications resulting from funding by the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) must be freely available online within 12 months of publication.
Policy compliance options
To comply with the Tri-Agency Policy, you must either archive or publish as follows:
Open Access Green: Archive the post-print or published version
(Open Access Green) Archive the post-print or the published version in an institutional or subject repository. The SFU Library can work with you or on your behalf to deposit your articles in Summit, SFU’s Research Repository.
Open Access Gold: Publish in an Open Access journal
Note: Recipients of graduate scholarships and fellowships are not required to adhere to the policy, although the Agencies encourage open access to all research publications.
Publisher Considerations Flowchart Description
- Choose your journal.
- Understand the journal’s policy on copyright.
Contact your Liaison Librarian.
Visit the journal publisher’s website.
Use SHERPA/RoMEO to understand author retained rights.
- Does the journal allow article archiving within 12 months of publication?
- Is the journal open access or a hybrid journal?
Publications that are free to read on the Internet. Readers can download, copy, and distribute an Open Access publication, as long as credit is given to the authors.
Open Access Gold
Journals in which readers do not require a subscription or any other form of payment, either personally or through their university or library, to access the content. e.g. PLoS Biology
Open Access Green
Refers to self-archiving (typically, of articles published in conventional subscription-based journals) in a subject or institutional repository.
An online collection of the scholarship of an institution’s researchers. Institutional repositories both preserve the intellectual output, and allow for wide distribution. SFU’s institutional repository is Summit. Institutional repositories are also called research repositories.
An online collection of publications in a particular subject area. The repository collects, preserves and provides open access to the publications. Examples include arXiv, RePEc, and PubMed Central. Subject repositories are also called disciplinary repositories.
Post-print, Version of Record, Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM), Post Peer Reviewed Manuscript
Terms used to describe the accepted version of an article after peer-review, with revisions having been made.
Article Processing Charge (APC)
A fee levied by an open access publisher to cover costs associated with publication. Fees can range from $200 to $5000 or more per article.
A legal instrument that modifies the publisher’s copyright transfer agreement and allows you to keep rights to your article(s). E.g. SPARC Canadian Author Addendum.
A journal in which only selected articles are openly available to readers without a journal subscription. Hybrid journals require that authors pay an ‘unlocking’ fee, referred to as an article processing charge (APC).
Open Access Fund (OA Fund)
SFU lead authors can apply to SFU Library’s central OA fund to cover article processing charges (APCs) of entirely Open Access publications in cases where their funding agency does not cover these charges.