Open Science at the Douglas

Geneviève Morin
Open Science project manager


Isabel Bacellar
Open Science project coordinator



The term Open Science has as many definitions as means of implementation. Open Science comprises a broad spectrum of practices, including Open Access publishing, open data sharing and knowledge translation. What unites all these practices and many others is the removal of barriers for worldwide collaboration through increased transparency and open sharing of research outputs. Individual researchers and institutions have the opportunity to develop their own approaches to Open Science, adopting selected practices to different extents.


Over the last few years, transparency has become one of the key features of scientific research. As a leading national institution in neuroscience and psychiatry research, it is our duty, not only toward the scientific community, but also toward funding agencies, decision-makers, and the general public, to share our results, our techniques, and our resources by adopting Open Science.  





Adopting Open Science is a necessity to ensure not only that we comply with existing requirements from funding agencies, but also as a key strategy to maximize our impact in our field, to promote forward-thinking, collaborative endeavours, and to maintain our legacy of excellence and innovation in mental health research and care.

The Douglas Research Centre is the first mental health research organization to adopt Open Science at the institutional level. We aim to tailor our Open Science approach to the cultural, clinical, and research realities of our environment, embracing the opportunity of developing a distinctive and pioneering Open Science strategy that meets the unique needs of vulnerable research participants and service users. We will strive to be “as open as possible, yet as closed as necessary”, to protect sensitive data while sharing our knowledge with others. 


In 2019 the Douglas Research Centre launched an in-house Open Science team. One year later, we received financial support from the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI) to plan the implementation of Open Science at the institutional level. 

We are currently designing a unique Open Science strategy for the Douglas Research Centre, defining our Open Science guiding principles, and planning our offer of services and infrastructure. All members of the Douglas Research Centre community are welcomed to contact our team to participate in our ongoing Open Science needs assessment consultations. 

The Open Science team can currently support you with Open Access publishing (see below), and provide individual consultations to help you find ways to incorporate Open Science practices into your research project or grant applications. 


Verdict: you have the power to control whether it is true or false. 

Open Access publishing is often thought to require payment of high article processing charges (APCs), typically ranging from $1,500 to $3,000. These expensive fees are often perceived as obstacles to meet the Open Access publishing mandates from funders (e.g., Tri-Agency Open Access Policy). Yet, there are different routes to Open Access publishing, which can be combined to achieve your Open Access publishing goals. The good news is that one of these routes incurs no extra costs to authors: 

  • Green Open Access: is the practice of publishing an article in a journal of choice, and in parallel depositing a version of the publication in an Open Access repository (e.g., eScholarship@McGill). Even though publishers may impose embargo periods before deposit and restrict the versions of the publication that can be shared, the green route is typically free of charge. 

  • Gold Open Access: is the practice of publishing in a fully Open Access journal, usually involving high APCs. After publication, anyone can access the article in the publisher’s website free of charge. 

  • Bronze & Hybrid Open Access: encompass the practice of publishing an Open Access publication in a journal that is otherwise closed, usually for a fee. Journals providing bronze and hybrid options have a mixture of closed and publicly open articles. 


If you would like to…  

  • Obtain your Open Access publishing statistics: contact us to learn the percentage of your publications that are Open Access for each year in the 2015-2020 period, and to discover how they distribute among the three categories above. 

  • Follow the Green Open Access route for past publications: contact us for a list of your closed publications (2015-2020) and forward the list to In the meantime, we advise you to collect and save copies of your accepted manuscripts (i.e., final versions without publisher’s layout). 

  • Plan for following the Green Open Access route in future publications: apart from the steps mentioned above, you can consult Sherpa Romeo to verify if your journal of choice allows for Green Open Access publishing and if there is an embargo period. The embargo periods for Green Open Access publishing need to be smaller than or equal to the timelines expected by funders. 

  • Identify journals for Gold, Bronze and Hybrid Open Access publishing: the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a database of Open Access journals, which allows consulting APC values and identifying Open Access journals that follow best practices criteria (DOAJ seal). We can additionally provide you with a list of Gold, Bronze and Hybrid Open Access journals most frequently chosen by DRC researchers. 

  • Obtain APC discounts for Gold, Bronze and Hybrid Open Access publishing: McGill Library has agreements with several publishers and provides a list of current APCs discounts

  • Learn more about Open Access publishing, Open Access publishing mandates and any other Open Science questions: contact us!   


Open Science project manager

Geneviève Morin, Data management and liaison with the Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre


Open Science project coordinator

Isabel Bacellar, Open Access publishing and data sharing