Canada’s Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications takes effect Friday and Prism, the University of Calgary’s digital repository, is set to see more use in the coming months. New rules require researchers who receive public funding to make the results of their work freely accessible online within 12 months of publication. This applies to researchers who receive funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
“We believe making research results as widely available and accessible as possible is an essential part of advancing knowledge and maximizing the impact of publicly-funded research for Canadians,” the agencies announced in February.
Research Services and Libraries and Cultural Resources are collaborating to provide support for University of Calgary researchers.
“Open access to research is an important part of building a dynamic research environment, but it also benefits the communities we serve,” says Ed McCauley, vice-president (research). “I’m proud of the work my colleagues in Research Services and Libraries and Cultural Resources have done and continue to do in support of our scholars and their research.”
There are two ways for researchers to comply with the new policy: publish in open access journals, or submit work to an online repository such as the University of Calgary’s Prism.
Prism, formerly known as DSpace, is an archive overseen by the university’s Libraries and Cultural Resources. It enables researchers to submit academic works in digital form for storage on a stable platform with a permanent URL. Prism will host University of Calgary research and will also accept work from researchers across the country.
The repository’s software was recently upgraded and several new features incorporated.
“We’ve improved the look and performance of Prism to make it easier for researchers to deposit their own work, which helps them comply with the legislation and ensure broad dissemination and use of their work,” explains Kathryn Ranjit, manager of repository services and digitization with Libraries and Cultural Resources. “We’ve also made it much easier for users to search our existing collections.”
This month, Research Services along with Libraries and Cultural Resources will host information sessions detailing how the new policy affects grant holders and how Prism can be used to ensure compliance with publication and data retention requirements.
Tuesday, May 12
- Gallery Hall, main floor of the Taylor Family Digital Library
- 1-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 14
- Room G500, Health Sciences Centre, Foothills Medical Centre
- 9-10:30 a.m.
The University of Calgary is a leader in open access publishing. For several years, it has provided free hosting to open access Canadian journals. The University of Calgary Press is one of only a handful of university presses in Canada to make its titles freely available online for download. The Open Access Authors’ Fund — one of the first in the world when it was established in 2008 — has helped make more than 600 articles available in open access journals.
Staff at the University of Calgary's Copyright Office are also available to support researchers by providing guidance on copyright issues including publishing policies that preserve authors' rights and support self-archiving.