OTTAWA, February 27, 2015 – The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences welcomes Minister of State (Science and Technology) Ed Holder’s announcement of the new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications, which will make research funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) openly accessible online.
This policy introduces a new requirement for peer-reviewed journal articles resulting from Tri-Agency-funded research to be made Open Access within one year of their publication. Compliance involves either ‘self-archiving’ the manuscript to an online repository, or submitting the manuscript to a journal that offers open access.
“This is a very positive step. The Federation supports Open Access and is encouraged by the continuing action of the Tri-Agency on this form of knowledge-sharing,” said Antonia Maioni, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. “We were pleased to participate in the consultation for this policy and will track closely its implementation and effects on behalf of our members, to identify the opportunities and challenges for scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.”
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