Open Access publishing
Open Access publishing is one of the most common Open Science practices and is currently a requirement of major funding agencies in Quebec and Canada (e.g., FRQ and Tri-Agency), as well as worldwide.
Open Access increases transparency and access to knowledge, expanding the reach of publications beyond a purely academic readership. This includes healthcare practitioners, non-profits, students, government and beyond. These benefits align with the Douglas’ Open Science principles, which encourage open sharing of research outputs and their use for educational, health, and societal impact.
Open Access publishing can be achieved at three different stages of publication:
- Submission: self-archiving of pre-prints
- Acceptance: self-archiving of accepted manuscripts (Green Open Access)
- Publication: Open Access through journals
While all three options above increase access to knowledge, only self-archiving of accepted manuscripts and open access through journals are compliant with most Open Access policies mandates by funders, which require peer-reviewed versions be made open. These two strategies may be pursued independently or in parallel – for example, authors may save costs for a specific publication by depositing an accepted manuscript in an open repository and avoid paying article processing charges (APCs).
Consult the graphics and sections below to learn more about Open Access mandates and ways to achieve your Open Access publishing goals.
- Douglas Research Centre
The Douglas Open Science team can provide information about Open Access publishing, as well as help you identify the best solutions for specific publications. We can also analyze the Open Access status of your complete publications list and assist you in retroactively opening closed publications.
Open Science Program Coordinator
- McGill University
Researchers are invited to contact the McGill Library for specific questions about the eScholarship@McGill repository (“Repository administrator”) or APC discounts (“Scholarly Communications & Repository Librarian”).