Canadian Funders’ Policies on Open Access

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) make up the Tri-Agency. All three are federal granting agencies that promote and support research, research training, and innovation within Canada.

Any peer-reviewed journal publications arising from Agency-supported research must be made freely accessible within 12 months of publication. Publications can be made available through two routes:

Online Repositories: Final, peer-reviewed manuscripts can be deposited into an institutional or disciplinary repository to make the manuscript freely accessible within 12 months of publication.

Journals: Articles can be published in a journal offering immediate open access, or open access within 12 months of publication. Some journals may require authors to pay article processing charges (APCs) to make manuscripts freely available upon publication, which are an eligible expense under the Use of Grant Funds.


For research funded wholly or in part by NSERC & SSHRC: The policy applies to all grants awarded from May 1, 2015 and on.

For research funded wholly or in part by CIHR: The policy applies to all grants awarded from January 1, 2008 and on.

 

Additional Resources:

View the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications to learn all of the policy details, and read the 27 most frequently asked questions about the policy. 

Use the Sherpa/Romeo database to determine which publishers and journals will allow the final, peer-reviewed version of a manuscript to be made freely available through an online repository.

Visit our Author Rights page to learn how you can negotiate your publishing contracts if need be (especially to maintain the right to make your work freely accessible within 12 months of publication!).

Learn more about open access on our Open Access page.