What does the new tri-agency open access policy mean for researchers?

Michael Donaldson, University Affairs, Apr 29, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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For those outside Canada's university system, the term 'tri-council' refers to Canada,s three major granting agencies: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (there's also the Canada Council, for the arts, but they're a bit different). Researchers will have to  publish in an open access repository (the 'Green' option) or publish in a journal that charges fees for open access (the 'Gold' option). "The public, whose tax-dollars help to fund tri-agency research, will now have unprecedented access to scholarly publications. This puts researchers in a position to reach audiences beyond the academic community. With greater power comes greater responsibility..."

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