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Open Access: Grant-Related Policies

A guide for researchers and authors who want to read or publish in open-access publications

FAQ on Tri-Agency Policy

If you deposit your paper in a repository, what version must be archived?

What if your journal of choice doesn't permit archiving of manuscripts within 12 months?

Find out these answers and more from's quick, informative list:

FAQ on Tri-Agency Open Access Policy


Tri-Agency Publication Policy

As of May 1, 2015, researchers who receive grants from NSERC or SSHRC to write and publish articles in peer-reviewed journals must ensure that their articles are freely accessible within 12 months of publication. This Tri-Agency Policy on Publications applies to all grants awarded on or after May 1, 2015.

This policy brings Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grant requirements in line with the third agency in the tri-council group -- the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which has required grant recipients to publish in open-access publications since 2008. 

The policy applies only to journal article publications, and not to any other type of publication or knowledge output from a tri-agency grant.

The Open Access pages on the website list Frequently Asked Questions and contain further resources for grant recipients.

Tri-Agency Open Data

Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management, December 2016.  Provides guidance on adhering to the agencies' current and future research data management requirements.