May 28, 2022

A Decade of Open Access at the University of Ottawa

From the U. of Ottawa:

This month marks the 10th anniversary of uOttawa’s OA program—the first of its kind in Canada. By helping to make research freely available online, the University has positioned itself as a global leader in the transformation of scholarly communication.

Today, a growing number of academics are choosing this path for publishing their work and more universities around the world are adopting institutional policies in favour of it.

“The extent to which scholarly articles are published in OA has continually increased over the last years. It is estimated that 45% of articles published in 2015 were in OA,” says Stefanie Haustein, an assistant professor at the School of Information Studies whose research focuses on scholarly communication and open science.

Removing barriers to research published in scholarly journals has many advantages, both for the research community and society in general. Faster dissemination and discovery of knowledge, increased visibility of communications and greater impact serve to continually deepen knowledge and generate significant benefits.

“Globally, researchers, research institutions and funders are making choices to embrace open access as a means to increase broad access to advanced knowledge,” says Talia Chung, University librarian and vice-provost (knowledge systems).


Open Access at uOttawa by the numbers

  • Nearly 28,000 documents in the uO Research institutional repository
  • Over 15 open access journals hosted on an open source platform
  • Nearly 1,000 articles published, thanks to a financial support program
  • Over 80 titles published under the University of Ottawa Press Open Access Collection

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