May 16, 2022

Canada: Fonds de recherche du Québec Joins cOAlition S

From the Announcement:

The Chief Scientist of Québec, Rémi Quirion, is pleased to announce that the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) are joining cOAlition S to implement immediate open access to scientific publications resulting from the research they fund. In doing so, the FRQ are joining forces with several funding agencies around the world that are working to accelerate the deployment of open access.


Since 2019, the FRQ require that scientific articles generated by the research they fund be made available in open access within 12 months of publication. The FRQ will therefore amend their Open Access Policy to eliminate, by March 2023, this 12-month delay. Aware of the impacts that this change could have on the scientific and student community, the FRQ will gradually deploy the 10 principles of Plan S and establish measures to support members of this community.


“We are proud to support initiatives that maximize the discoveries made by Québec researchers and promote the dissemination of scientific knowledge generated by public funds, to as many of our fellow citizens as possible.”
−Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec

“I am delighted that FRQ are joining the growing global coalition of funders that support Plan S, thereby enabling full and immediate Open Access to the research outcomes that they fund. The past months have so clearly demonstrated the importance of Open Science for fostering research collaboration on the global scale and for delivering the benefit of science to society.”
– Marc Schiltz, President of Science Europe and Chair of the cOAlition S Leaders Group

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