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Open Access for Grant Compliance and Increased Visibility - Sciences

Many granting agencies now require publications to be open access within 12 months of publication. This guide is designed to help navigate this for the sciences

Opening journal publications

1. Publish in journals that support Open Access e.g. those listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

2. Retain your copyright and understand your copyright options.

  • Publishers typically require authors to sign over their copyright though authors can often retain some rights to their work to make it more widely available. When negotiating publishing contract terms, consider altering the text to ensure open access for research and teaching. See the SPARC Canadian Author Addendum sample text.
  • Investigate other licensing options such as those afforded by Creative Commons licenses that provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.
  • Be aware of publisher copyright and self-archiving policies before you publish. The SHERPA/RoMEO site provides a listing of publishers' copyright conditions as they relate to authors archiving their work on-line.

3. Most publishers are now offering Open Access options for a price (usually between $750 and $5000 depending on journal and publisher):

  • Royal Society of Chemistry costs about  £1600 for an article with Gold Open Access
  • American Chemical Society has a number of options for Open Access -
    • these include various pricing for immediate open access versus delayed open access.
    • Currently there is also Author Rewards which gives credits for non-open access publications published in 2014 to be used to open future publications. This is a limited credit.
    • We also get a institutional discount (All ACS Publications discount}  - make sure you choose that option.
    • ACS Central Science is a free multidisiplinary open access journal.
  • Wiley journals have Open Access options for individual papers
  • Elsevier has a number of options for Open Access and has some agreements with funding agencies
  • Springer has Open Choice

4. Funding for Open Access

  • Many funding organizations allow line items for Open Access funds as part of the grant proposal so check and include those costs if you can!