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Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications Released

Published on February 27, 2015


The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are pleased to announce the release of the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. The policy is modeled after CIHR’s Open Access Policy, which has been in effect since 2008. It also reflects the feedback we received from over 200 respondents through our online consultation in fall 2013. While CIHR-funded researchers will now refer to the new harmonized policy, compliance requirements will not change. NSERC and SSHRC researchers will be required to comply with the new policy for all grants awarded from May 1, 2015 onward.

We encourage you to visit the Tri-Agency Open Access page on to review the policy, Frequently Asked Questions and Open Access Toolbox with useful resources to assist researchers with open access.

In the coming months, we will be hosting webinars with tri-agency representatives to elaborate on the policy and answer any questions that may arise. More details will be available on the Tri-Agency Open Access page in the coming weeks.

We believe making research results as widely available and accessible as possible is an essential part of advancing knowledge and maximizing the impact of publicly-funded research for Canadians. The granting agencies will continue to work closely with stakeholders to support and facilitate the transition to open access. Your collaboration and support are greatly appreciated.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed feedback to the online consultation and helped shape this new policy.

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