Open access support at UTL
Open access seeks to not only serve institutional users better, but ensure access to knowledge for everyone. The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) provides financial support to a number of external initiatives that work to unlock research created across disciplines. UTL also provide resources for researchers and faculty looking to publish OA.
Support for open infrastructure & initiatives
- APC Discounts
- BioMed Central
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- Erudit Journals
- Open Library of Humanities
- Punctum Books
- Sponsoring Consortium in Publishing for Particle Physics
UTL has negotiated discounts on article processing charges (APCs) for researchers looking to publish in a number of Open Access journals. Access the full list of APC discounts.
UTL is an institutional supporting member of Arxiv, which holds e-prints in STEM subjects, including Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Physics, and Statistics.
UTL is a member of the Directory of Open Access Journals, a community-organized index of openly accessible publications. DOAJ strives to make research and data free of charge for users, and has indexed over 3.4 million journal articles to date.
UTL is a partner of Erudit, one of Canada’s major publishers of both English and French-language research. Over 95% of Erudit’s content is openly accessible
UTL financially supports the Open Library of Humanities in its efforts to sustain open access publishing, while reducing author fees and article processing charges.
UTL is a supporting library member of Punctum Books, a scholar-led, queer-led, and peer-reviewed diamond open-access (OA) academic book publisher devoted to academic and para-academic authors working in any field in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and architecture & design who want to publish books that are genre-bending and which take experimental risks with the forms and styles of intellectual writing. This membership helps to subsidize publication of high-quality OA books and aids in the sustainability of open-source and community-owned infrastructure for OA books.
The University of Toronto Libraries supports the Sponsoring Consortium in Publishing for Particle Physics. SCOAP3 functions by diverting library funding that would normally go towards journal subscriptions, towards article processing charge payments for researchers from participating universities. Since 2014, SCOAP3 has enabled the publishing of more than 20,000 openly accessible articles.
The University Library offers support to faculty who wish to deposit their Gold and Green OA research into TSpace, UofT’s institutional repository. TSpace provides stable links to articles, as well as metadata population, helping to increase visibility in web searches, while ensuring access to Green AO research through specific versions of research documents.
Why deposit your work in TSpace?
- Openly accessible scholarly work and research is read and cited more often than work not freely available on the web (Swan, 2010).
- Work submitted to TSpace has priority search engine indexing (Donohue, 2014), resulting in higher search engine rankings than items posted on departmental or personal websites.
- TSpace uses permanent URLs, handles ensuring links to your submitted material always work. We also ensure that every file you upload does not degrade or change over time
- TSpace deposits allow researchers to comply with the new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy in effect May 1, 2015
- For more answers and common misconceptions about TSpace see our handy TSpace Info Series: Reasons to Submit guide.
How to deposit your work in TSpace
The submission process includes tasks such as interpreting publisher’s open access policies, finding the right version of a work for upload, and uploading a pdf to the TSpace server, among other things. With the help of online guides and tutorials, researchers can complete this online submission process independent of library staff (after an initial authorization). Alternately, University of Toronto offers assisted deposit, a process wherein a staff member takes care of many steps in the TSpace deposit process on behalf of the researcher (service available until April 2019). Additionally, consultations are available for those who would prefer to submit independently, but would simply like some training to get started. Find detailed information about all of these options here.