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Publishing Open Access at Waterloo

The Library supports Open Access (OA) and can assist University of Waterloo authors and researchers who wish to make their work freely available.

There are two routes to making your work open access at Waterloo:

Self-archive your work in an Open Access repository

You may be able to make your work publicly available by providing access to the peer-reviewed manuscript (or post-print) after publishing your work in a subscription journal. Your publisher will have a policy outlining how you are able to self-archive your work; these policies may include restrictions on when you can self-archive the paper (an embargo) and where (for example, not-for-profit subject and institutional repositories). For more information on what rights you have in re-using your work, see the Author rights guide.

What are the advantages of self-archiving?

  • it’s free; you avoid Open Access article processing charges (APCs)

  • it helps you meet Tri-Agency OA policy requirements

  • your work will be accessible to and discoverable by everyone


UWSpace is Waterloo's institutional repository for the research and scholarship produced by its faculty, students and staff. A service of the Library, UWSpace provides researchers with a free, secure and long-term home for the presentation, dissemination and preservation of their research and scholarship. By utilizing UWSpace, researchers can ensure their work achieves compliance with the Tri-Agency Open Access policy on publications.

Learn more about UWSpace, and follow the steps in the submit your research guide to deposit your work.  

You may also want to explore depositing your work in a subject-specific open access repository. A list of these repositories can be found in the Open Access Directory.

Publish Open Access

Another way to make your work Open Access is to directly publish in an Open Access journal or a traditional subscription journal with Open Access options. This route provides free access to the final, peer-reviewed version of your work immediately on publication.

Publishing Open Access often requires authors to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs). Several publishers offer discounts through agreements with the Library. More information is available on the Discounts on Open Access Journal fees page.

What are the advantages to publishing in an OA journal?

  • you will be able to meet Tri-Agency OA Policy requirements

  • the final, peer-reviewed version of your work will be openly available on the publisher’s website

  • your work will be discoverable wherever the publisher has it indexed

Choosing an OA journal for publishing

A wide variety of Open Access journals exist; it may be difficult to decide which is best for you. If you need help choosing a journal, browse the following resources:

  • Directory of Open Access Journals: "a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals"

  • How to Assess a Journal: a one-page infographic by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL)

  • Author rights guide: basic information about choosing a journal, author rights, and publishing considerations

Get help

Your subject librarian or any of the following people are happy to provide further assistance or answer any questions you may have about Open Access, author's rights, tri-agency requirements and publishing your work.

UWSpace Copyright and licensing Subject librarians

Will Roy
Digital repository scholarship specialist

Lauren Byl
Copyright and licensing librarian

Find your subject librarian!