Open Access

There are several services available at the University of Toronto to support open access initiatives. To see a complete list of services and to learn more about open access, please visit the UofT Libraries Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office, (SCCO) where you will find current information on services and contact information for extra help. Here are a few open access facts that are relevant for researchers in dentistry:

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy 

On February 27, 2015, Honorable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) announced a new coordinated Open Access policy “The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications” on behalf of the three largest funding agencies in Canada:

  • The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • The Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • The Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

This new policy will ensure that Canadians will have free access to research funded by these federal granting agencies by requiring researchers to provide broad public access to articles resulting from their funded research. CIHR has had a similar policy since 2008, but the other two councils will commence this practice as of May 1, 2015.

For more information on compliance, please read the UofT Libraries' policy or contact TSpace. It is mandatory that publications of research supported by the Tri-Councils are made available in an open access forum within 12 months of publication.

Dentistry Journals 

The following is a list of dentistry journals and a brief summary of their copyright policies and self-archiving rights. In this list you can view which journal has open access availability. It is based on SHERPA/RoMEO colour code:

  • Green means you can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF;
  • Blue means you can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) or publisher's version/PDF;
  • Yellow means you can can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing);
  • White means archiving not formally supported.

To learn more about publisher copyright policies and self-archiving, visit the SHERPA/RoMEO website or contact your Dentistry Librarian <>

To find out your Researcher Funders' open access policies, visit SHERPA/JULIET