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Open science

Open access to research results

Since the Budapest Open Archives Initiative in 2002, the open science movement has been expanding. It is based on the need to promote equitable access to scientific knowledge and to promote citizen scientific literacy.

Several research funding agencies in Canada and internationally are working to propose measures that aim to promote more equitable access to research outcomes. In its Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers of 2017, UNESCO asks Member States to:

“ensure equitable and open access to scientific literature, data and contents including by removing barriers to publishing, sharing and archiving of scientific outputs.” (Article 13e)

 

The Fonds de recherche du Québec Policy

Open access to research outcomes is a key step in moving towards open science. In order to contribute to this movement, in 2019 the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) adopted a policy on this matter.

In effect since April 1, 2019, The Fonds de recherche du Québec open access policy for the dissemination of research requires all FRQ funding recipients (researchers and students) to provide open access to their scientific publications no later than 12 months after publication.

Members of the scientific community can provide open access to their work by:

  • depositing their peer-reviewed manuscripts in an open-access institutional or disciplinary repository, no later than 12 months following their publication; or
  • publishing their manuscript in a journal that provides open access to articles, no later than 12 months following publication.

For any questions, please contact the Direction of Ethical and Legal Affairs at the Fonds de recherche du Québec.