Open Access Publications

Open access is a global movement for the democratization of research knowledge.
It consists of making scientific publications and research data available online, free of charge and without restriction.


Open Access

  • Concerns CRIR researchers and students
  • Ensures the dissemination of publicly funded research results
  • Facilitates the utilization of research outcomes by a wide range of knowledge users: researchers, students, clinicians, policy makers, private sector organizations, not-for-profit organizations and the general public
  • Improves the citation of scientific publications and their impact

Granting Agencies

Several research granting agencies are part of this movement and have developed policies, including :

The Fonds de recherche du Québec open access policy was revised in 2022.

Grants and awards awarded after July 2022

  • Peer-reviewed publications and Masters and Doctoral theses must be accessible in open access immediately.
  • Articles must be licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY or CC-ND open license.

Grants awarded between April 2019 – June 2022

  • Peer-reviewed publications must be freely accessible within 12 months of publication. (Does not apply to theses.)
  • The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications (2015)— The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

University resources

Universities to which the majority of CRIR researchers and students belong to offer resources and services to make publications and research results Open access:

Other resources

  • Unpaywall (Impactstory) is a tool that allows you to locate the legally released open access version of more than 27 million academic articles from more than 50,000 publishers and institutional or disciplinary repositories. 
  • Journal Checker Tool allows authors to find open access “routes” through which to publish their peer-reviewed publication. The tool allows an author to enter the name of a funder, an institution, and the journal to which they plan to submit an article. It then checks if this combination of funder, institution and journal offers any route to compliance with Plan S (i.e., no 1-year period of embargo before the article can be archived in an open access repository).


Access to the OPEN ACCESS information workshops presented to CRIR members :



  • “Information session: Submitting publicaitons for institutional deposit” (October 20, 2023)

PowerPoint Presentation (pptx)



Watch the recording of the workshop (50 minutes) on our YouTube channel:



Watch the recording of the workshop (90 minutes) on our YouTube channel:

(in French)