What is open access?
Open access refers to scholarly research that is freely available online, without price or most licensing restrictions. It encourages the unrestricted sharing of research with everyone, everywhere, for the advancement and enjoyment of science and society.
How can we help you?
The Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office can help to provide guidance on a range of different issues such as:
- Open access options
- Publisher agreements and retaining author rights
- How to comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy
Contact email@example.com for more help.
Tri-Agency Open Access Policy
The new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy requires grant recipients to ensure that any peer-reviewed journal publications arising from Agency-supported research are freely accessible within 12 months of publication.
This policy applies to all grants awarded by NSERC or SSHRC from May 1, 2015 and onward; by CIHR from January 1, 2008 and onward. Researchers holding previously awarded grants are also encouraged to adhere to the requirements of this policy.
Contact TSpace staff to learn how you can comply by depositing your articles to TSpace.
Consult the Library's About the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy page for more information on compliance, copyright, and how the library can help to get you started.
Open Access initiatives at the University of Toronto
The University of Toronto supports open access in many ways, including through:
TSpace is a robust collection of digital holdings that showcase and preserve the work of scholars from the entire University of Toronto community, while simultaneously increasing the visibility of their research. The U of T Libraries have established this faculty space to support the dissemination of knowledge by the University community. This dissemination is already occurring at the graduate level as TSpace is holding the record for all U of T Masters and Doctoral theses.
Since TSpace ensures that your research will be assigned permanent URLs and receive priority indexing on search engines such as Google, faculty research will have a greater impact.
Once a faculty member creates an account, he or she is guided through a series of steps that ensure the submitted files are searchable, accurate, and subject to the license of his or her choosing. It is important to note that copyright is never transferred to TSpace.
For more information on how U of T’s research repository can help you share and preserve your research, read the TSpace information and user guides or contact firstname.lastname@example.org." If you want to start uploading your research to TSpace today, follow our first time user guide.
Journal Production Services
The purpose of Journal Production Services (JPS) is to assist University of Toronto's faculty during each stage of the publishing process, from submission through to online publication. JPS allows you to retain a great deal of control over your journals’ content and policies. You can create journals with your own policies, submission requirements, and website designs, simply by filling out form fields. All journals supported by the U of T library must make some of their articles openly accessible.
Editors can configure the editorial process of the journal, manage all online submissions, and install delayed open access options. The JPS site is also an excellent means of increasing the visibility and influence of faculty members’ open-access journals, as it permits any user to browse and search for specific content by journal, author, title, full-text, date, discipline, and keyword.
Visit the JPS site to see the collection of journals hosted by the University of Toronto Libraries.
Digital Special Collections
The local digital special collections was developed by University of Toronto Libraries in collaboration with university faculty and external partners, these fulltext digital collections cover a range of subjects and disciplines.
Open Access Week
University of Toronto Library hosts yearly events during the International Open Access Week to show support of the Open Access Movement.