Open access in Canada

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:

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

See also


  1. "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. Peter Suber (2012). Open Access. MIT Press. p. 192. ISBN 9780262517638.
  9. "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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