How to make your research open access

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How to comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

On this page:  Articles: Green open accessArticles: Gold open access |  Author fees/Library discountsResearch data 

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Make your articles open: 2 options

1. Green open access

Green open access is the practice of depositing a version of your publication in an open access repository.

  • Deposit can happen prior to or following formal publication.
  • Repository may have a disciplinary or an institutional focus

McGill Library manages the eScholarship@McGill repository. Read more about our deposit service or fill out our deposit form

Review your publishing agreement or learn about a publisher's policies in the SHERPA/RoMEO database or

Contact the McGill Library with any questions about self-archiving. 

2. Gold open access

To learn more:

Gold open access is the practice of publishing in an open access journal.

There are several different models for gold open access: 

  • The open access journal use article processing charges (APCs).
    • Authors pay a fee to cover the publishing costs. 
  • The journal is a hybrid
    • Authors opt to pay an APC for an individual article to be made open access. Other articles from that title are not freely available.
  • The journal content is embargoed (i.e. content available only to subscribers at first, and then make the work open access at a later date)
  • The journal has an alternative business models that do not require funds directly from the author. 

When deciding where to publish, read the journal's policies for more information. 

Paying author fees/ library discounts

McGill Library does not have a fund for author fees. However, there are additional options for funding:

McGill Library also has received through agreements with several publishers, the following APC discounts:

Publisher discount eligible party additional details
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - Science Advances 15% Corresponding author PDF icon Science Advances APC discount process (PDF, 190KB)
American Chemical Society (ACS) $250 USD  Corresponding author This is in addition to any personal membership discounts. Authors must self-identify when submitting.
Canadian Science Publishing 50% Corresponding author Identify yourself during submission as being affiliated to McGill. Contact pubs [at] for details.
Cambridge University Press 100% Corresponding author

Applies to 5 article types: Research Articles, Review Articles, Rapid Communication, Brief Reports, Case Reports. Opt-in after article is accepted. Check journal eligibility.  See also PDF icon choosing an open license with Cambridge (PDF, 3.8 MB).

Company of Biologists -Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology 100% Corresponding author Guide for authors.  
Elsevier 20% Corresponding author Authors will be presented with this option during the submission process. See list of eligible Elsevier titles(XLS, 102 KB) as well as these instructions for obtaining the discount
Karger 100% Corresponding author Articles submitted after January 1, 2022. Kompass collection journals and Partner Publications are excluded.
IOP (Institute of Physics) 100% Corresponding author Guide for authors. File IOP list of eligible journals (XLS, 37 KB)
MDPI 10% Corresponding author Authors will be prompted to select their institution at time of submission.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Reduction in fee on immediate OA Corresponding author Publications charges (see authors from institutions with site-licenses)
Sage (Sage Choice journals) 100% Corresponding author Several exceptions.  See also PDF iconchoosing an open license with Sage (PDF, 87 KB). A select set of journals have page charges which are separate fees from APCs. See PDF iconSAGE journals with additional charges (PDF, 24 KB)
Sage (Open Access journals) 40% Corresponding author How to request a discount: SAGE Open Access portal guidelines (PDF, 6.1 MB)
Taylor & Francis 25% Corresponding author Applies to Open Select journals. Select McGill as affiliation to obtain discount.

These discounts are subject to change at any time. 

Contact us with any questions. 

Your research data

Information on McGill's support for research data management, sharing, and archiving is on the Research Data Services pages

Additional resources

McGill Neuro Open Publishing page

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