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Open Access Toolkit: Funding and OA

Use this guide to learn more about Open Access publications, funding, metrics, etc.

Why Open Access is Important to Practice

“Increasingly, funders are not only preferring but mandating open sharing of research...as well as [encouraging]
the  sharing of data, software and other research outputs...

Some funders, including the NIH and Wellcome Trust, have begun suspending or withholding funds if researchers
do not meet their policy requirements. Thus, researchers funded by a wide variety of sources will soon be not
just encouraged but required to engage in open practices to receive and retain funding.  Those already engaging
in these practices will likely have a competitive advantage”

McKiernan et al, eLife 2016;5:e16800.  DOI 10.7554/eLife.16800

As funding is increasingly tied to open practices, it is important to know whether your research needs to adhere to important requirements.  This section of the guide provides researchers with a number of tools they can use in order to learn about funder requirements.

Funder Policies re Open Access

In order to learn more about funder requirements, check out the sites listed below:

SHERPA / JULIET

JULIET provides a summary of funder policies as they relate to grant awards and OA, Open Access Publishing, Open Access Archiving and Data Archiving.

SHERPA / FACT Compliance Tool

Use this site to identify if a journal you wish to publish in complies with funder requirements for Open Access.

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC have An Open Access Policy related to funding and obligations to ensure publications and Data is openly available within their estabalished parameters.

Open Access Funds for Article Processing Charges

Many funders such as the TriAgency include money for Article Processing Charges (APCs)  that enable a researcher to pay a fee to ensure that their article becomes Open Access.  If you have a grant, or about to apply for one, you will need to see if funds have been allocated for this purpose.

If you do not have funding for Open Access fees in your preferred journal, check out Open Access Funds to see if you can get funding for APCs. If you publish with a co-author they may be a member of an institution that covers APCs for your joint publication.

Can I publish in Open Access without paying APCs?.

Indeed you can.  Your options include: