Open access in Canada

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In Canada the Institutes of Health Research effected a policy of open access in 2008, which in 2015 expanded to include the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.[1][2] The Public Knowledge Project began in 1998 at University of British Columbia.[3][1] Notable Canadian advocates for open access include Leslie Chan, Jean-Claude Guédon, Stevan Harnad, Heather Morrison, and John Willinsky.[4]


Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal issued one of the world's first open access journals, Surfaces (ISSN 1188-2492) in 1991.[5]


There are some 88 collections of scholarship in Canada housed in digital open access repositories.[6]


Key events in the development of open access in Canada include the following:[according to whom?]

  • 1998
    • French-language Érudit online publishing platform launched.[7]
  • 2006
  • 2009
  • 2017
    • Coalition founded to support publishing in social sciences and humanities fields.[10]

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  1. ^ a b "Canada". Global Open Access Portal. UNESCO. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications". Government of Canada. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  3. ^ "History". Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Open Access". HLWIKI International. University of British Columbia. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  5. ^ Nancy Pontika (ed.). "Early OA journals". Open Access Directory. US: Simmons School of Library and Information Science. OCLC 757073363. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Browse by Country: Canada". Registry of Open Access Repositories. United Kingdom: University of Southampton. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  7. ^ "History", Érudit, Montréal, retrieved 18 June 2018
  8. ^ a b Peter Suber (2012). Open Access. MIT Press. p. 192. ISBN 9780262517638.
  9. ^ a b "Browse by country: Canada". ROARMAP: Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies. UK: University of Southampton. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  10. ^ Coalition, Canada, retrieved 18 June 2018

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