Thursday, October 31, 2013

All about the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

Exciting news: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are developing a harmonized policy on access to research publications.

As of January 1, 2008, all CIHR funded researchers have been required to make their peer-reviewed publications accessible at no cost within 12 months of publication.

As of September 1, 2014, all SSHRC and NSERC researchers will also be required to make their peer-reviewed publications accessible at no cost within 12 months of publication.
Adherence to the policy would be achieved by submitting peer-reviewed journal publications:
• To a journal that offers Open Access to articles on it website, either immediately or within 12 months OR
• To a central or institutional repository, where it will be made freely available within 12 months of publication.

Costs associated with publishing in online open access journals will be considered as eligible grant expenses by the Agencies. Many journals allow authors to deposit their post-review copy of the publication within an institutional or disciplinary repository within 12 months at no cost.

Principal investigators for each grant will be responsible for compliance with the policy.

NSERC and SSHRC have invited institutions, associations, organizations and individuals to provide input on the draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy.

Institutional and organizational representatives are asked to consult their researchers and membership and report on the collective perspective. Individuals may also respond independently.

The draft policy is accessible until December 13, at which time the consultation period ends.

Responses should be sent electronically to

~~~~~~ Posted by K. Jane

Open Data: Unlocking Innovation and Performance

The McKinsey & Co. Global Institute has released an interesting report titled "Open Data: Unlocking Innovation and Performance" which covers the potential of opening up data (particularly government data) across a number of sectors, including education. Pointers to the executive summary and the full report, plus some related audio materials, can be found at

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

SAGE Research Methods

Do you know which method you want to use to answer your research question?

Start out by doing a Quick Search on this method from the box in the upper left of every page. Use the Advanced Search feature for creating a more targeted query.  Search results will include relevant books, book chapters, dictionary and encyclopedia entries, videos, or journal articles from over 175,000 pages of renowned SAGE content in research methods.

Not sure which method to use in your research?

Start by exploring the Methods Map. You can use the Methods Map to discover new methods or discover relationships between methods, and then link to related

Watch these three videos:

How can an undergrad use SAGE Research Methods?

~~~ Posted by K. Jane