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Our Commitment to Open Access

Open access is a core value of the University of Guelph Library and one of our Strategic Initiatives. We invest in these open access initiatives:

  • We allocate a portion of our acquisitions budget to support open content, infrastructure and software that support open scholarship, and advocacy organizations which increase the access to scholarship.
  • We have developed an Institutional Research Data Management Strategy, in partnership with the Office of Research, to ensure research data is made publicly available whenever possible.
  • We endorse MIT’s Framework for Publisher Contracts to support the transformation of the scholarly publication system so it is economically sustainable and ensures the widest possible readership for publicly funded research.

Why is open access so important?

  • Provides public access to publicly funded research
  • Makes scholarship accessible regardless of the ability to pay
  • Advances knowledge more quickly
  • Serves the mission of the University to create and disseminate knowledge
  • Meets the requirements of governments and research funders which are increasingly requiring open research outputs including publications and data
  • Open is sustainable, unlike the current commercial ‘paywalled’ publishing system which puts an undue cost burden on universities
  • Open infrastructure allows for scholarly communication to be owned by the community

Supporting sustainable publishing

We support these organizations which promote open access through advocacy, open access content, and infrastructure for open access publishing: 

Our position on ResearchGate & Academia.edu

ResearchGate and Academic.edu are privately held companies with no mandate to preserve your research, nor to ensure it is available to others moving forward. These sites require a user to create an account--something many researchers are not comfortable doing. They also contravene intellectual property law.  

We recommend you do not load your own research onto these sites. To create a true record of your scholarship, and know that the content you have made available will remain that way in the future, reach out to the library to discuss your options, including making your work available in our institutional repository.