Why you should consider making your work open access

You've heard about open access, and know it's an option. But what would make you as a researcher choose to publish in an open access journal or deposit your work into an open access repository? Here are some of the most important reasons.

Benefits of publishing in an open access venue:

  • Increased visibility, usage, and impact of your research
  • More efficient dissemination compared with traditional publishing models
  • Retention of some or all of your copyrights
  • Contribution to societal good by providing scholarly content to a global audience
  • Rigor of traditional peer-review before publication
  • Ongoing feedback through social media

It may be required

Many funding agencies require or encourage open access to research published based on work they fund. The Canadian Tri-Agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR) have introduced an open access requirement to publications arising from all awards granted after May 1, 2015. Many funding agencies in the US and the UK have similar requirements.

CIHR and other funding agencies also have policies requiring research data to be made publicly available.

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Open research helps everyone

As stated in the introduction to the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications, "Societal advancement is made possible through widespread and barrier-free access to cutting-edge research and knowledge, enabling researchers, scholars, clinicians, policymakers, private sector and not-for-profit organizations and the public to use and build on this knowledge...Open access enables researchers to make their publications freely available to the domestic and international research community and to the public at large, thereby enhancing the use, application and impact of research results."

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McGill Library supports Open Access

McGill Library supports several open access initiatives including:

McGill Library also supports open access through our institutional repository eScholarship, our journal hosting service, as well as several APC discounts. 

 

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