For a better open access in the Humanities

Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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By Jeanette Hatherill, Scholarly communication librarian

Open Access has reached a tipping point according to the European Commission, who has confirmed that over 50% of research published in 2011 is available for free. Funders, researchers, and institutions are all taking note that increased access to research has substantial benefits. Today's cutting edge science is being shared in prestigious open access journals as Nobel Laureates and top researchers realize that research that is shared quickly and openly has a bigger impact.

The University of Ottawa has long been a proud supporter of open access, and is delighted to be celebrating international open access week again in October. This year the University of Ottawa Library marks the occasion by inviting the University community to come and learn about the enormous strides taken in open access research dissemination and publishing in Canada in 2015.

This spring, NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR launched together the Tri-Agency open access policy, thereby ensuring that the results of publicly funded research is available to all Canadians, paving the way for informed policy and citizen science.

The opening up of data for sharing and reproducibility also came to the forefront in 2015, as CIHR announced their data deposit and retention policy as part of the tri-agency harmonization.

At Congress 2015, held at uOttawa in May, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and Érudit introduced an innovative made-in-Canada partnership between libraries and the publishing industry to ensure the transition toward open access, particularly for French-language journals in the social sciences and the humanities.

On Monday October 19th, the University Library, in association with Canadian Science Publishing, will be hosting an event with representatives from the Tri-Agency, CRKN and Érudit where uOttawa students, faculty and researchers can learn more about these exciting developments.

In addition, the Library will be featuring a talk by uOttawa’s own Dr. Jules Blais, Senior Editor of Facets (, the new multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary open access science journal from Canadian Science Publishing. A reception will be held after the event.

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