Consultation on the Draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

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.


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.
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