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. 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).
    2. SAGE Journals
      University of Regina researchers receive a discount of 40% on open access publishing fees for SAGE Journals. The researcher is responsible for identifying themselves as a University of Regina researcher in order to claim this discount. Most SAGE journals offer SAGE Choice, for which the standard fee is 3,000 USD. The fee excludes any other potential author fees levied by some journals (such as color charges) as well as taxes where applicable. Click here to see a list of journals that do not participate in the SAGE Choice program, as well as a list of pricing exceptions.
    3. American Chemical Society (ACS)
      University of Regina researchers receive a 25% discount on open access fees. This is in addition to any personal ACS membership discounts.
    4. 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.