We offer individual consultations and group support with publishing open access. Open access (OA) publishing refers to the free availability and unrestricted use of research. We can help you understand:
The evolving research landscape is encouraging more researchers to make their work available in an open access format. Making research open access gives you greater control over your work, increases your impact, raises your profile, and satisfies requirements from the Tri-Council and other funding agencies.
The Library provides support for OA publishing in the following ways:
The Library has provided financial support for OA publishing in the past through:
We're also currently reviewing our criteria for supporting OA publishing initiatives.
Funding bodies are embracing policies that require grant holders to make resulting research publications available in OA. Canada's Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications came into effect in 2016.
Funder and journal publisher policies differ. University of Guelph authors who accept a grant from a funder with an OA policy can learn how to comply by:
There are two main places to publish OA research articles: OA repositories and OA journals.
OA repositories, also called Green OA, house, preserve, and make content freely available to anyone with access to the internet. They do not perform peer-review. Some repositories are institutionally-affiliated, such as the University of Guelph's Atrium. Others are discipline-specific, such as PubMed Central for biomedical and life sciences, arXiv for physics, and SSRN for economics.
Publisher's author agreements stipulate how authors can make their articles OA:
OA journals, referred to as Gold OA, perform peer-review of a manuscript and then make the reviewed content freely available to anyone who has access to the internet. OA journals tend to use Creative Commons licensing which allows re-distribution and re-use of a work on the condition the author is appropriately credited.
Some OA journals pay their bills (from expenses incurred from peer-review, manuscript preparation, and/or server space) by charging an article processing fee (APC) on accepted articles. These are paid by the author often through an institutional Author Fund, or as a line item on a grant from funding agencies with an OA policy. See the PLOS list of institutions and funders who have OA funds or policies to allow researchers to expense publication fees directly from their grants.
Find OA Journals in your field by searching the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
Contact us if you would like to discuss and review your OA publishing options. We would be delighted to present the issues to your students and/or your research team.