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Open Access

How to find and use open access resources.

Modes of OA Publishing

Two models of Open Access Publishing exist and can be used to meet funder requirements.

Gold Open Access Publishing allows the authors to retain many of the rights to their work and makes the article open immediately upon publication. Gold OA publishers will usually charge an author's fee for making the work immediately open. This model exists in OA journals as well as traditional journals that now present OA options for individual articles.

Green Open Access Publishing will allow authors to post a pre-print version of their work to an individual website or to an institutional repository. There is usually a restriction on posting a pdf of the published article. Centennial's Institutional Repository CORe is one option for posting your Green OA articles.


Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

 "The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (“the Agencies”) are federal granting agencies that promote and support research, research training and innovation within Canada. As publicly funded organizations, the Agencies have a fundamental interest in promoting the availability of findings that result from the research they fund, including research publications and data, to the widest possible audience, and at the earliest possible opportunity" (Government of Canada, 2016).

Recipients of NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR “are required to ensure that any peer-reviewed journal publications arising from Agency-supported research are freely accessible within 12 months of publication.” (Government of Canada, 2016)

You can openly publish research in:

  • Open access Institutional Repositories (IRs)
  • Open access scholarly journals 

For assistance, contact your librarian.

Funding Agency OA Policies


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