Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2016
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STARS v2.1

McGill University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

How many of the institution’s research-producing divisions are covered by a published open access policy that ensures that versions of future scholarly articles by faculty and staff are deposited in a designated open access repository? (All, Some or None):

Which of the following best describes the open access policy? (Mandatory or Voluntary):
Voluntary (strictly opt-in)

Does the institution provide financial incentives to support faculty members with article processing and other open access publication charges?:

A brief description of the open access policy, including the date adopted, any incentives or supports provided, and the repository(ies) used:

As of February 27, 2015, SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR have a harmonized "Open Access Policy on Publications" that requires research publications from their grants to be made openly available.

The policy requires that "any peer-reviewed journal publications arising from Agency-supported research are freely accessible within 12 months of publication." It applies to NSERC and SSHRC grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward, and continues the pre-existing open access requirement for CIHR grants awarded January 1, 2008 and later. It is the responsibility of the researcher to ensure the policy is followed.

Incentive. The University's Guidelines for Developing a Research Portfolio (Appendix to the "Regulations Relating to the Employment of Tenure Track and Tenured Academic Staff" passed Mar 2016) advise inclusion of content that "may also speak to the professor’s commitment to open science and research accessibility through efforts to render scholarly information (e.g., research data and findings, software code, experimental methods) publicly available and transparent". Professors' research portfolios are an essential component of applications for reappointment, tenure and promotion to full professor.
[See complete policy at https://www.mcgill.ca/secretariat/files/secretariat/employment_of_tenure_track_and_tenured_academic_staff_regs_for_the.pdf]

A copy of the institution's open access policy:
The institution's open access policy:

See Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications at http://www.science.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=F6765465-1

The website URL where the open access repository is available:
Estimated percentage of scholarly articles published annually by the institution’s faculty and staff that are deposited in a designated open access repository (0-100):

A brief description of how the institution’s library(ies) support open access to research:

McGill Library is a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), which supports the implementation of institutional repositories by Canadian research libraries in order to ensure and maintain Canada’s position at the leading edge of innovation in scholarly publishing. The Library is also a member of SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition), part of ARL (Association of Research Libraries).

eScholarship@McGill is a digital repository which stores and showcases the publications and theses of McGill University faculty and students. The repository exists in an online, open-access environment, making it easy for researchers all over the world to find and access the University’s published research output.

All scholarly works authored by faculty and students at McGill and considered of value by the academic community can be deposited in the digital repository. eScholarship@McGill includes full text documents of research articles, electronic theses, working papers, conference papers, books and research reports.

eScholarship@McGill is maintained by the Library, which deposits digital research in the repository and manages the archiving of content over time.

The Library is committed to maximizing the research impact of the McGill community and supporting the principles of the scholarly open-access movement. One of the experts on open access, Peter Suber, has written an excellent overview.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

See also the Living Lab repository on eScholarship for open access to student research http://digitool.library.mcgill.ca/R/7UB7PPUL2AA93G7YSFHT146HYB6MHD7QI1XPG23APJT517U249-00262?func=collections&collection_id=1861

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