6 responses to “Tri-Agency Open Access Policy”

  1. Elliot Montpellier

    For the green open access approach, I would use a SPARC agreement (if not in the publisher’s agreement) to negotiate being able to have a version of the article that I am permitted to post to my institutional repository, which I would be sure to do within 12 months of publishing the article.
    As a graduate students, the gold open access approach is more difficult since I would need to cover any APC with fellowship money. This isn’t practical – an APC at a journal I was considering recently submitting to was equal to 15% of the fellowship. Therefore, I would select a journal with a different model for permitting my article to be published, open access. Luckily, in my discipline, this is possible, with one of our top journals being open access.

  2. Heather McTavish

    Similar to Elliot, I would opt for the Green Open Access Journal approach and select journals in my field that would allow me to deposit a pre-print version of my work in my institutional repository. This would provide the potential for additional feedback on my research than that to be provided by the peer reviewers. If for some reason the article processing fee was not too high and could be covered in part by the SSHRC grant, then I would consider publishing in a Gold Open Access Journal. In both cases, the scope of the journal would be most valuable in dictating where best to publish.

  3. Cheng

    * For a green open access approach:
    Although the Agencies encourage open access to all research publication, it is not a mandatory requirement for receipt of graduate scholarships and fellowships to adhere to related policies. Therefore, if I have a paper regarding a project that is sponsored by the SSHRC Graduate Scholarships, as a UBC graduate student, I will first consider to deposit it to cIRcle, which is the UBC digital repository. But if it also gets accepted by The Journal of Academic Librarianship, according to its Journal Publishing Agreement, I need to notify cIRcle that for a subscription article, it can only be shared for “Personal Use, Internal Institutional Use and Scholarly Sharing purposes, with a DOI link to the version of record on ScienceDirect (and with the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND license for author manuscript versions)”.
    * For a gold open access approach:
    I will consider the College & Research Libraries (C&RL), which is “the official, bi-monthly, online-only scholarly research journal of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association” (C&RL Author Guidelines). According to its publication policies, it will not assess either APCs or article submission charges.

  4. permjit mann

    For a green open access approach, where would you deposit your work? Do the journals you publish in allow self-archiving within the time frame outlined in the policy?
    For a gold open access approach, what journals would you consider? What, if any, publishing cost would there be? How would you cover it?

    Tri-Agency Grant recipients are required to ensure that their peer-reviewed publications are freely accessible within 12 months of publication:
    Options to ensure this access for include:
    Deposition within an institutional repository and/or pubiication in a journal that will allow free access within 12 months
    It is up to the researcher to determine which journal will allow retention of copyright and storing of the article.
    If the publisher requires payment, this expense is covered by the agency,

    I agree with the participants above, that if the researcher chooses a Green open access approach, then they should consider self-archiving by depositing their article in a repository like T/D space at their institution. If this option is not available, place the article in some other public access repository (with free storage)..One should choose a Green journal that allows the author to deposit any version of the article in an open access repository .I recommend the Green option, only if the journal allows the author, freedom to choose their own repository..

    If the researcher chooses the Gold option, then the article may be made freely accessible immediately. However, there are different version of Gold journals (some have a delay on free access). Also it may be that the costs for Gold journal publications may cost too much for an author, or require additional work to secure publication funding. Some Gold journals are liberal with copyright licenses.

  5. permjit mann

    Apologies for the terrible punctuation errors. I thought I had edited these out before posting and now I cannot edit them at all.

  6. permjit mann

    In order to find the journal that is best for the author they will have to consult the publisher’s sites.
    For instance, several publishers provide a list of gold journals – SAGE, Wiley, Elsevier and Springer, etc.
    The database DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) has both Green and Gold journals in their journal collection.

    One journal, I encounter on a regular basis, in syllabus work at my library, is “Nature Communication”; this journal is listed in DOAJ.
    and uses Creative Commons Licenses for access. It is peer reviewed, multidisciplinary, and publicly accessible since Jan 2016.
    The only drawback in choosing this journal is the publication fee, although Nature does have other open access journals that charge less.

    Of course there is another option as well – Diamond – which is similar to Gold but does not require payment from authors.

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