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Support for U of G Researchers

The Library is a passionate advocate and supporter of research on campus and has many resources to help the University of Guelph community. 

Support for open access, the free, unrestricted online access to research publications and data, has strengthened in Canada with the recent implementation of the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. All Canadian researchers funded through the Tri-Agencies are required to make their peer-reviewed journal publications open access within 12 months of publication, the broader policy objective is to encourage all researchers, regardless of funding support, to adhere to policy guidelines. The Tri-Agencies are currently developing a new data policy that will require researchers to make their research data open access, the policy will likely be implemented in 2016. The Tri-Agencies consists of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

The Library can help U of G researchers understand what the new policy means for them and explore the various tools and services available for complying with open access requirements, here are some examples:

  • The Atrium Open Access Repository: The easiest way to comply with the policy is for researchers to store their research publications and/or data in the Atrium, the University of Guelph’s Open Access Research Repository 
  • Preserving Research Data: The Library maintains two research data repositories; the Agri-environmental Research Data Repository and the University of Guelph Research Data Repository, both of which support open access requirements
  • Author Rights Consultation: Our librarians are available to review research contracts to ensure researchers retain their right to publish open access
  • Research Data Management: The Library has tools and services to help researchers create a data management plan to ensure data is preserved and can help identify the right open access repository

For more information on any of the topics above or to book an appointment, see our Publishing & Author Support page.