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Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) Open Access Policy

What is the FRQ's open access policy?

As of April 1, the goal of the policy is to "promote open access to the outcomes of FRQ-funded research and to ensure their quick dissemination and free access (for the reader) to the scientific community, potential users, policy-makers and the general public." (Source)

What are the chief requirements of the policy?

  • Applies to any FRQ grants awarded after April 1, 2019
  • Peer-reviewed publications that are the result of FRQ-funded research must be freely accessible with 12 months of publication. (Source). 
    • This includes publications from: 
      • Coinvestigators of funded research teams, networks, clusters, centres and institutes who receive funding
      • Students leading research activities made possible through FRQ funding.
  • Peer-reviewed journal articles 
  • Does NOT apply to data or monographs (although making these open is encouraged)

How can I make my publications open access?

  1.  Deposit the final, peer-reviewed version of your article in an open access repository such as McGill's eScholarship or one related to your discipline.
    1. Note: Researchers must ensure that their author agreements permit depositing the final publisher PDF or the accepted manuscript version of the work in a repository. See our journal tool to determine if this option is available.  Learn more about what is an accepted manuscript. 
  2. Publish in an open access journal. For journals that use Article Processing Charges (APCs) as a means to fund open access, these APCs are allowable FRQ grant expenses. McGill also has a limited set of APC discounts available. 

Does posting a copy on my website or on ResearchGate/ count as open access? 

No. To meet the definition of repository the site must "must be open to all and designed to be sustainable beyond the duration of an individual project." (FRQ policy p.6)


jessica.lange [at] (Jessica Lange)

Scholarly Communications Librarian

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