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Harmonized Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications Released

Canada’s top three research-funding agencies* (the “Tri-Agencies”) recently announced a new harmonized open access policy. The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications requires all peer-reviewed journal publications funded by one of the three federal granting agencies to be freely available online within 12 months.  These practices are critical to supporting research innovation, collaboration and knowledge sharing and will help ensure that publicly-funded research is widely available to all.
Rebecca A. Graham, chief information officer and chief librarian at the University of Guelph, is an advocate of open access and is pleased that the Tri-Agencies have made this initiative a priority. “Reliable open access to Canadian research that has been funded by taxpayers increases the impact of this important work,” says Graham. “This policy will increase Canadian contributions to scholarly research and help make Canadian-funded work accessible to a broader network of researchers and the global community.”
Options for researchers to comply under the harmonized policy are consistent with the principles of academic freedom and preserve the author’s right to choose the journals in which to publish their work (subscription-access or open-access journals). University of Guelph authors who prefer a subscription-based journal are able to self-archive for open access in a repository such as the Atrium.
McLaughlin Library’s Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication team supports University of Guelph researchers in a variety of ways, including information management, data curation, research dissemination, author rights and open access support. Librarians are available to assist researchers navigating this change and help them comply with the harmonized policy going forward. 
John Livernois, interim vice-president (research), says researchers and the public will significantly benefit from this shared knowledge. “Having all three granting agencies aligned will be helpful to our publication processes. We look forward to working with the Library team to integrate these new guidelines into our practices.”
For guidance and support related to the harmonized policy, please contact the Research & Scholarship Team at the University’s McLaughlin Library at lib.research@uoguelph.ca. A schedule of workshops about the policy are listed in the Library calendar.
The policy applies to all grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward.
*Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).