Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a crown corporation that supports research in developing countries, has brought in an open access policy. In an article written on Biomed Central‘s blog, Naser Faruqui, the IDRC’s Director of Technology and Innovation, discusses the decision:
“We know that OA articles tend to be more widely-read than subscription-based articles and that developing-country researchersrely more on OA journalsthan do those from developed countries. Most scholarly journals, whether OA or subscription, are peer reviewed and recent researchshows that OA journals are approaching the same scientific impact and quality as subscription journals, particularly for those funded by article processing charges.
While the case for OA to research as a public good is relevant to all research funders, it is of particular importance to IDRC and southern researchers. This is because OA is not just a question of accountability, it is critical to IDRC's vision of improving people's lives. Research cannot lead to development if knowledge is not freely available to all who might use it, and build on it, to change people's lives. And we know that southern researchers do not have the same level of access to paid journal subscriptions as do their northern counterparts.”
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:
The Tri-Agencies 9NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR) recently launched their Open Access Policy on Publications. The objective of the policy is to improve access access to the results of agency funded research and to increase the dissemination and exchange of research results.
The University of Victoria Libraries is interested in supporting researchers’ compliance with the policy. The “compliance guide” outlines the different ways in which we are able to assist.
February 27, 2015 | Minister Holder | News Release
Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) announced (February 27, 2015) that “Canadians will have free online access to research funded by NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR.”
“Our government's updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy demonstrates how we have made the record investments necessary to push the boundaries of knowledge, create jobs and prosperity and improve the quality of life of Canadians. Building on that record, today's forward-looking announcement will provide Canadians with free, online access to federally funded research; providing researchers, entrepreneurs, and the wider Canadian public with an increased opportunity to build upon this research in innovative ways that can create social or economic benefits for Canadians."
“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced the world's strongest policy in support of open research and open data. If strictly enforced, it would prevent Gates-funded researchers from publishing in well-known journals such as Nature and Science.”
Read more in the linked blog post. A two year grace period, until 2017, is available to researchers.
– Effective on all new agreements as of Jan. 1, 2015 – Publishers permitted a 12 month embargo; but no longer allowed after January 1, 2017 – Articles published under a CC-BY license – Foundation will pay the necessary fees – Data underlying published research results will be accessible and open
Title: What to Expect from the Coming Age of Open Access to Research and Scholarship
When: March 18 from 10:00–‐11:30 a.m.
Where: Room 210, Mearns Centre for Learning/McPherson Library
Coffee and refreshments will be served before the talk
The talk will be followed by questions and discussion
This talk will review the current state of open access initiatives in Canada and abroad, which in many ways signals a tipping point has been reached. It will examine the implications for scholarly publishing models, academic freedom, and research funding, as well as public impact and support. It will attempt to address where all this openness might be leading –‐–‐ with Open Access, Open Data, MOOCs –‐–‐ for the future of higher education, and what the risks and challenges are, as well as the opportunities, of this new age.
About the Speaker:
John Willinsky is Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University and Professor (Part-‐Time) of Publishing Studies at Simon Fraser University, where he directs the Public Knowledge Project, which conducts research and develops scholarly publishing software intended to extend the reach and effectiveness of scholarly communication. His books include the Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED (Princeton, 1994); Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire's End (Minnesota, 1998); Technologies of Knowing (Beacon 2000); and The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006).
Canada's federal research granting agencies-the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), as well as the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and in collaboration with Genome Canada-have joined forces to help address digital infrastructure challenges through the consultation document Toward a Policy Framework for Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada.