Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.05
Liaison Jessica Krejcik
Submission Date May 26, 2017
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Concordia University
AC-11: Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Guylaine Beaudry
Vice-Provost Digital Strategy & University Librarian
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Total number of institutional divisions (e.g. schools, colleges, departments) that produce research:

Number of divisions covered by a policy assuring open access to research:

A brief description of the open access policy, including the date adopted and repository(ies) used:

In April 2010, Concordia’s Senate passed a Resolution on Open Access encouraging faculty and students to make their peer-reviewed research and creative output freely accessible by depositing it in Spectrum, Concordia's institutional repository, or another open access venue. Concordia is the first major university in Canada where faculty have given their overwhelming support to a concerted effort to make the full results of their research universally available in this way.

In September 2011, Concordia's Senate unanimously recommended that the university president sign the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities on behalf of the university, extending the University's commitment to making knowledge produced by its faculty and students universally accessible.

Concordia is a founding member of the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI), a coalition of 22 North American universities and colleges with faculty Open Access policies, formed to share Open Access implementation strategies and advocate for Open Access institutions. Concordia is also a member of SPARC® (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries.

A copy of the open access policy:
The open access policy:

The website URL where the open access repository is available:
A brief description of how the institution’s library(ies) support open access to research:

Concordia Open Access Author Fund

The Concordia Open Access Author Fund is a joint initiative of the Libraries and the Office of Research, with Strategic Funding provided by the Office of the President. The fund was established to support Concordia authors who have published a peer-reviewed journal article in an open access journal that charges author processing fees.

Institutional Membership to Open Access Journals

Concordia University Libraries have purchased an institutional membership to BioMed Central, entitling all Concordia-affiliated authors publishing in BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals to a 15% discount on the article-processing charge (APC)

SPARC Canadian Author Addendum: Securing Authors' Rights

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has developed a Canadian Author Addendum to help authors secure the rights over the work they publish. Including the SPARC Canadian Author Addendum in a publication agreement enables authors to secure a more balanced agreement by retaining select rights, such as the rights to reproduce, reuse, and publicly present the articles they publish for non-commercial purposes.

For more context and instructions for using SPARC Canadian Author Addendum see Using the SPARC Canadian Author Addendum

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