Open Access Resources for Researchers

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General Open Access Journals Digital Repositories

Open Access Funds Funding Agency Policies Author's Addenda



  • CARL Open Access Flyer ( PDF ) This flyer outlines the basic what, why and how’s of open access for faculty.
  • SPARC Website ( ) The Scholarly Publication and Resources Coalition (SPARC) provides a full suite of resources for librarians, authors, publishers, editors, and others who would like to educate themselves and help to create change in the scholarly communication system.


Open Access Journals

  • Synergies Canada ( ) Synergies is a not-for-profit platform for the publication and the dissemination of research results in social sciences and humanities published in Canada.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals ( ) The Directory maintains a comprehensive list of open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.


Digital Repositories

  • Greater Reach for your Research ( PDF ) This brochure discusses the benefits of repositories, describes how they fit into the broader scholarly communication environment, responds to any major concerns that researchers may have, and distinguishes IRs from other related initiatives in Canada- all in a way that is easy to browse and read.
  • PubMed Central Canada ( ) PubMed Central Canada is a free digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed health and life sciences literature based on PubMed Central, the archive developed by the US National Library of Medicine.
  • Confederation of Open Access Repositories ( ) The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) aims to enhance greater visibility and application of research outputs through global networks of Open Access digital repositories.


Open Access Funds

  • Compact for Open Access Publishing (COPE, ) The compact for open-access publishing equity supports equity of the business models by committing each university to "the timely establishment of durable mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication charges for articles written by its faculty and published in fee-based open-access journals and for which other institutions would not be expected to provide funds." 


Funding Agency Policies

  • Access to Research Results: Guiding Principles ( ) With these principles, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC have committed to developing a shared approach for improving access to publicly funded research in keeping with internationally recognized best practices, standards and policies for funding and conducting research.
  • CIHR Policy on Access to Research Outputs ( ) CIHR believes that greater access to research publications and data will promote the ability of researchers in Canada and abroad to use and build on the knowledge needed to address significant health challenges.
  • SHERPA-JULIET ( ) SHERPA-JULIET maintains a list of funding organizations’ open access policies from around the world.


Author’s Addenda

  • Why use an author's addendum  ( PDF ) This flyer explains why author’s should retain their rights and how they can use the SPARC Canadian Author’s Addendum to do so.
  • SPARC Canadian Author's Addendum ( PDF ) The SPARC Canadian Author Addendum is a legal instrument that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows you to keep key rights to your articles.
  • Science Commons: Scholar’s Copyright Addendum Engine ( In support of the self-archiving route to Open Access, the Scholar’s Copyright Addendum Engine (SCAE) provides a point-and-click way for scholars to retain rights over their published material that otherwise transfer to the publisher.