Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open Access refers to the barrier-free, immediate availability of research that is free to use and build upon. It encourages the unrestricted sharing of research findings on a global scale, for the advancement of research and society.

For a quick introduction to Open Access, see this 2017 video by SHB Online:

Why Open Access?

What benefits come from making your work freely available? Increased citations! Opportunities for collaboration! Compliance with funding requirements! And so much more.


How Can I Publish Open Access?

As noted in the above video, there are two routes to publishing open access:

1. Deposit your work in an online open access repository (green open access): After publishing in the journal of your choice, make a copy of your manuscript freely accessible by archiving it in an institutional or disciplinary repository. A repository is an online platform that collects, preserves, and makes accessible research outputs. For a list of open access repositories, start with the Directory of Open Access Repositories.

Depending on the publication agreement, you might archive a pre-print copy (article before peer-review), a post-print copy (peer-reviewed version before it’s formatted for publication), or a final PDF copy of your manuscript. The Sherpa/Romeo database may help you determine the archiving policies of individual journals.

​If the Publishing Agreement doesn’t allow you to make any version of your work freely available, don’t forget to negotiate your author rights!

2. Publish in an open access journal (gold open access): Authors can choose to publish their work in an open access journal, or make their work open access in a traditionally closed journal. Some journals may require authors to pay article processing charges (APCs) to make manuscripts freely available upon publication. Use the Directory of Open Access Journals to find quality open access journals in your research area–thousands of which don’t require APCs!

The Harris Learning Library has negotiated discounts for Nipissing researchers with a few publishers. These discounts help to reduce potential financial obligations of publishing open access.

  • Sage: Nipissing authors are eligible for up to a 40% discount on APCs as part of SAGE's agreement with the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. In order to obtain the discount code, the author must email and SAGE will provide a unique code to apply to their order. 

  • Cambridge University Press: Nipissing authors are eligible for up to a 20% discount on APCs as part of Cambridge's agreement with the Canadian Research Knowledge Network.