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 

Video: Making your work open access: Psst it doesn't have to cost money (presentation given May 2021)

Your article-length publications

Green open access

To learn more:

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. Hundreds of these repositories exist, and several could meet your needs.
  • Choose a repository where your work is most likely to be safe over the long term and can most effectively reach your desired audience.

McGill Library manages the eScholarship@McGill repository, where you can deposit your research for open access and long-term archiving. If you're interested in depositing,  send us an escholarship.library [at] (email) with your list of publications from your curriculum vitae or links to any website documenting your scholarship. Read more about our deposit service

Publishing agreements for many journals allow repository deposit of the publisher's PDF or of the final manuscript after peer review. Review your publishing agreement or learn about a publisher's policies in the SHERPA/RoMEO database or

If you would like to deposit your published work in a repository, and the standard agreement from your publisher does not allow this, you can negotiate the details of your publishing agreement. See our Author Rights guide for more information. 

The McGill Library is always available to help McGill researchers with support for repository deposit for green open access. Here's how to contact us

Gold open access

To learn more:

  • Find a place to publish using the gold open access model at the Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Email escholarship.library [at] (subject: Journal%20Hosting%20at%20McGill) to discuss hosting an open access journal with the McGill Library

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

There are several different models for gold open access: 

  • The open access journal use article processing charges (APCs), where authors pay a fee (typically $1,500 to $3,000) to cover the costs of publishing.
  • The journal is a hybrid;  authors can pay an APC for an individual article to be made open access, but other articles from that title are not made freely available online.
  • The journal makes content available only to subscribers at first, and then make the work open access at a later date (embargoed).
  • The journal operates under alternative business models that do not require funds directly from the author to support an article being published.

When deciding where to publish, read your preferred journal's access policies for information on which of these models it follows.

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:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - McGill researchers qualify for 15% discount on APCs in Science Advances. Follow these guidlines to obtain the discount: PDF icon Science Advances APC discount process
  • American Chemical Society (ACS): McGill researchers qualify for a $250 USD APC discount on all ACS journals. This is in additional to any personal membership discounts. Authors must self-identify when submitting. 
  • Canadian Science Publishing: McGill Library is a member of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN). Through CRKN agreements 50% discount is available to McGill researchers. At the time of submission, please identify yourself as being affiliated to McGill in order to qualify for this discount. Contact pubs [at] for details.
  • Cambridge University Press: 20% discount on all gold open access journal APCs. The discount is automatically applied when a researcher selects McGill University as its institutional affiliation during the submission process. 
  • Company of Biologists: Corresponding authors publishing in Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology may publish research articles and reports open access free of charge. More information here
  • Elsevier: Corresponding authors with eligible Elsevier titles may receive a 20% APC discount. Authors will be presented with this option during the submission process. See list of eligible titles (file download). 
  • Karger:  Corresponding authors can publish open access with no article processing charges (APCs) for articles submitted after January 1, 2022. Note journals in the Kompass collection and Partner Publications are excluded. 
  • MDPI: Institutional member. Receive 10% discount on APCs through this publisher. Authors will be prompted to select their institution at time of submission.
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS): McGill Library has a site license with PNAS and as such corresponding authors make take advantage of a discounted open access fee. 
  • SAGE: 
  • Taylor & Francis: Corresponding authors at McGill may receive a 25% discount on APCs with Open Select journals. Select McGill as affiliation to obtain discount. 

These discounts are subject to change at any time. 

The McGill Library is always available to help McGill researchers with questions and support for gold open access publishing. Here's how to get help.

Your research data

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

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