Open Access In The Humanities And Social Sciences In Canada: A Conversation

May 17, 2023
The Federation

Over the last decade, open access (OA) has gained support among researchers and policymakers, with increasingly vocal advocacy for free online access to scholarly work. While incorporating open access policies in Canada reflects a rapidly changing publishing landscape, with the rise of digitalization and the pressing need to broaden access, the barriers to making open access a widespread reality are many and complex. 

The Federation for Humanities and Social Sciences (the Federation) recently convened a conversation about the state of open access programs and policy in Canada and the future of open access in the humanities and social sciences. 

The Federation was joined by Darcy Cullen, of the digital publishing platform RavenSpace, Dr. Ray Siemens and Dr. Alyssa Arbuckle of the research network Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE), Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), Susan Haigh of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), and Jessica Clark of non-profit publishing platform Érudit, to discuss questions posed by the Federation. 

Read the conversation over at Open Scholarship Policy Observatory, also available via Social Science Space