Category Archives: CIHR OA Policy

Open Access Week – Tri-Council OA policy on Publications & UVic Resources

Lunchtime Q&A Session

Join us for a free lunchtime Q&A session to learn more about the Tri-Agency Open Access Publication Policy and to discuss UVic resources. Separate sessions will focus on natural sciences and engineering publications (Oct 20), and social sciences, humanities, health, and fine arts (Oct 22). The Q&A sessions will be led by UVic Libraries and the Office of Research Services.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Information about the policy can be found on each of the Tri-Agency sites and

Please RSVP to UVic Office of Research Services or 250-472-4986

Natural Sciences and Engineering – Tuesday, October 20, 12-1pm, ASB Boardroom 120

Social Sciences, Humanities, Health and Fine Arts, Thursday, October 22, 12-1pm, ASB Boardroom 120

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) are hosting an online session about their Open Access Policy.

A French session will be held on Monday, June 22 from 1pm-2pm (PST).

An English session will be held on Friday, June 26 from 3-4pm (PST).

The Tri-Council has provided the following information about how to connect to the session:

  • Test your connection and get a quick overview
  • For better sound quality, you can also connect by teleconference

    • Local Dial-in: 613-960-7513
    • Toll free Dial-in: 1-877-413-4788
    • Enter the Conference ID: 5248493

The University also will be setting up an on-campus location. Details can be found here.

For more information you can contact:

Or you can contact the scholarly communications librarian Inba Kehoe (

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

Articles and Responses

Stevan Harnad

Celebrating Open Access Week – October 18-24, 2010

Please feel free to forward to faculty who may be interested.
All event details are available at:

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries, in partnership with McGill University Library produced an advocacy video on the issues of open access.

The roughly one minute animated video explains the concept of open access to students and faculty in a simple and fun format. The video is available in both French and English, can be placed on websites, displayed on monitors in libraries during open access week, and is available for free and is licenselicensed under a Creative Commons license. It can be viewed at

Funding Agency Panel: Opening up Access

Free webcast sponsored by OISE library, U of Toronto on Monday, October 18th, 2010 from 12:00 – 1:30pm EST

Canada’s granting agencies have undertaken varying strategies toaddress open access. Panelists from CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC willshare their agencies’ approaches to open access. Agencies with anopen access mandate will describe their process and address issues thatthey encountered along the way. Those without a mandate will sharehow their agency views open access and describe initiatives that have beenundertaken to support open access

A Critical Theory of the Open: A Dialogue Between John Willinsky and Andrew Feenberg

Free webcast sponsored by the Simon Fraser University Library and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), Thursday October 21, 2010, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific Time. This event will be webcasted live at

The theme of this event is A Critical Theory of Open in the Digital Era: Sous les pavés, la plage. Stepping for a moment beyond the open access question of the right to free online journal articles, Andrew Feenberg and John Willinsky will explore, in dialogue, issues surrounding the larger concept and spirit of open, as it tends to infuse seemingly utopian Internet developments, while drawing on their shared interest in the Critical Theory traditions of the last century.

The Case for Open Data and eScience – Establishing a University Data Management Program at John Hopkins

Free webcast sponsored by BC Research Libraries Group on Friday, October 22, 9:30-11am at UVic, Harry Hickman Building, Room 116. RSVP:

Faculty at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) associated with community-wide eScience projects identified data curation as one of the most important repository-related services. In response, Johns Hopkins University established a university data management program and a service model to support data curation as part of an evolving cyberinfrastructure featuring open, modular components.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Canadian Institute of Health (CIHR) Policy on Open Access to Research Outputs

The CIHR unveiled a new policy to promote public access to the results of research it has funded. CIHR will require its researchers to ensure that their original research articles are freely available online within six months of publication.

“Timely and unrestricted access to research findings is a defining feature of science, and is essential for advancing knowledge and accelerating our understanding of human health and disease,” stated Dr. Alan Bernstein, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. “With the development of the internet it is now feasible to disseminate globally and easily the results of research that we fund. As a publicly-funded organization, we have a responsibility to ensure that new advances in health research are available to those who nee

Under this new Policy, which will apply to all grants awarded after January 1, 2008 that receive funding in whole or in part from CIHR, grant recipients must make every effort to ensure that their peer-reviewed research articles are freely available as soon as possible after publication. This can be achieved by depositing the article in an archive, such as PubMed Central or an institutional repository, and/or by publishing results in an open access journal. A growing number of journals already meet these requirements and CIHR-funded researchers are encouraged to consider publishing in these journals.

Additionally, grant recipients are now required to deposit bioinformatics, atomic, and molecular coordinate data, as already required by most journals, into the appropriate public database immediately upon publication of research results.

See CIHR Policy on Access to Research Outputs