Open access and evolving scholarly communication: An overview of library advocacy and commitment, institutional repositories, and publishing in Canada

Morrison, Heather and Waller, Andrew Open access and evolving scholarly communication: An overview of library advocacy and commitment, institutional repositories, and publishing in Canada. College & Research Libraries News, 2008, vol. 69, n. 8, pp. 486-490. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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The open access movement in Canada is very active in many areas. This is not surprising; of the 16 people at the Budapest meeting which was the foundation of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), three were Canadians, all global leaders in this arena: Leslie Chan, Jean-Claude Guédon, and Stevan Harnad. The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) was among the earliest signatories of the BOAI, and quickly initiated a nationwide institutional repository program. The Canadian Library Association (CLA) recently approved an innovative “Position Statement on Open Access for Canadian Libraries,” calling for all libraries to participate in advocacy, educating patrons abut open access resources, and encouraging support for open access, including economic support. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has an open access mandate policy, requiring open access to CIHR-funded research within six months. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has an Aid to Open Access Journals program. Other funding agencies in Canada either have, or are developing, open access policies and support. This article presents an overview of CLA advocacy and open access in Canada, with a focus on initiatives with a strong library involvement or leadership.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: open access, OA, Canadian Library Association, CLA, scholarly communication, open access repositories, institutional repositories, repositories, publishing, position statement, Synergies, research data, funding agencies, Canada
Subjects: E. Publishing and legal issues. > EB. Printing, electronic publishing, broadcasting.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BF. Information policy
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HS. Repositories.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BG. Information dissemination and diffusion.
Depositing user: Andrew Waller
Date deposited: 28 Aug 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:12


1. CLA position statement can be found at



2. Details on the CLA policy are available

in the June 29, 2007, of “CLA Digest” at cla.


3. Registry of Open Access Repositories,

4. OpenDOAR,

5. CARL Institutional Repositories




6. CARL Metadata Harvester, carl-abrc


7. NRC Publications Archive, cisti-icist.nrc

8. Open Access Research Journals program,


9. Policy on Access to Research Outputs,

10. Independent Investigator Awards

Transition Awards,


11. OICR’s strong open access mandate

policy for OICR-funded researchers, www.oicr.

12. Synergies, www.synergiescanada.


13. Érudit,

14. Open Journal Systems, pkp.sfu.


15. Public Knowledge Project,

16. International Coalition for the Advancement

of Academic Publishing, icaap.


17. The University of Calgary Open Access

Authors Fund, devel.library.ucalgary.



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