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Open Access

Open access refers to scholarly research and learning resources that are freely available without many or all of the usual copyright or licensing restrictions. The open movement encourages the unrestricted sharing of research and learning resources with everyone, everywhere, for the advancement and enjoyment of learning, culture, science and society. We are here to help faculty, staff, and students both contribute to and benefit from all things open.

The University of Regina Library supports open access publishing by providing:

  1. a Mediated Deposit Service for University of Regina researchers wishing to make their research freely available in oURspace.
  1. financial support for several open access initiatives:
    1. The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS), through which the University of Regina Library provides financial support for the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and SHERPA/RoMEO, a directory of publisher copyright and self-archiving policies.
    2. Coalition Publi.ca, a strategic partnership created by Érudit and the Public Knowledge Project, which is dedicated to the advancement of research dissemination and digital publishing in the social sciences and humanities in Canada and abroad. As members of CRKN (the Canadian Research Knowledge Network), the University of Regina Library supports this work to create a framework for a new relationship between journals and libraries, and helps to provide financial support to Canadian journals during the transition to a fully open access model.  Starting in 2018, CRKN members have committed to a five year partnership that involves over 125 journals, 40 of which are currently open access.
    3. SCOAP³ (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access in Particle Physics Publishing), the largest scale global open access initiative ever built, involving an international collaboration of over one thousand libraries, library consortia and research organizations. SCOAP³ enjoys the support of funding agencies and has been established in co-operation with leading publishers. Eleven publishers of high quality international journals are participating in SCOAP³. Elsevier, Institute of Physics, and Springer, together with their publishing partners, have been working with the network of SCOAP³ national contact points. Reductions in subscription fees for thousands of participating libraries worldwide have been arranged, making funds available for libraries to support SCOAP³. As CRKN members, the University of Regina Library fully participates in this international initiative, supporting the project through redirection of subscription fees.
    4. Canadiana Open Access Heritage Collection Project, a 10-year initiative (begun in 2013) to digitize the most significant Canadian archival fonds previously available only in micro-formats, and to endow this corpus with carefully compiled, robust metadata. The collection was created with funding from CRKN (including the University of Regina Library) and the collaboration of Library and Archives Canada and is informed by an academic advisory group. 
  2. discounts on authors fees for select publishers, negotiated as part of our license fees:
    1. American Chemical Society (ACS)
      University of Regina researchers are eligible for a $250 USD discount off the APC price. This discount will be automatically applied once a researcher selects their institutional affiliation as part of the submission process. Once an invoice is paid, ACS is unable to offer refunds. Please apply applicable discounts before paying.
    2. Elsevier
      Corresponding authors who are affiliated with the University of Regina are eligible for a 20% discount to publish in Elsevier's hybrid and Gold Open Access journals through the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN). This includes graduate students. This agreement is in place until December 31, 2023. Exlusions: Cell Press, Lancet, and some other society owned journals are not eligible for the discount. A full list of journals eligible for the discount is located on the CRKN-Negotiated APC Discounts webpage. Refer to 'Elsevier APC Discount Title List' document. 
    3. Journal of agriculture, food systems, and community development.
      The University of Regina Library is a shareholding library in this publication, which means there is no fee for our researchers to publish open access in this journal-- a savings of US$500.
    4. NRC Research Press Electronic Journals
      University of Regina researchers wishing to make their published articles Open Access in NRC journals can do so at a reduced fee. The regular fee for the OpenArticle option is $3000 per article, but for CRKN members (including the University of Regina) the fee is reduced to $1500 per article. This discount is available for the duration of our current agreement (2018 to 2021).
    5. SAGE Journals
      University of Regina authors, including graduate students, are eligible free or discounted publication in SAGE journals. Authors affiliated with the 69 participating CRKN institutions may publish their articles as open access with no Article Processing Charge (APC) in over 900 SAGE Choice journals (some exclusions apply). Click here to see the list of journals included in this package. Those publishing in SAGE's gold open access journals are eligible for a 40% discount on APCs. Click here to see the title list of participating gold journals. This agreement is in place until December 31, 2023. This discount will be applied automatically via the SAGE Open Access Portal (SOAP) when corresponding authors identify their affiliation to the University of Regina. For more information about this process, visit the CRKN-Negotiated APC Discounts webpage. Where an author is eligible for more than one discount for gold journals, discounts cannot be combined but the highest discount available to the author will be applied to the APC.
    6. Taylor & Francis
      University of Regina researchers receive a 25% discount in T&F Open Select journals. To take advantage of the discount on T&F Open Select journals, an author can submit an article and choose the open access publishing option. When the APC is generated, authors can select their institution from the drop-down menu, and the discount will be automatically applied. The author can select a Creative Commons license to sign once they accept the quote.