York University announces Open Access Policy


York University’s Senate approved an Open Access Policy on June 27, 2019, reinforcing York’s commitment to the democratization of knowledge by making its research widely accessible to our citizenry and our global community.

“The Open Access Policy advances our mission in the pursuit, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge by removing barriers and making our research as widely available as possible,” said Lisa Phillips, Provost and Vice-President Academic. “Adopting this policy allows us to increase the impact of the amazing work being done by York’s faculty and researchers and to share that knowledge with the world.”

“Adopting a formal open access policy allows York faculty and affiliated researchers to provide equal access to scholarship, while also helping to provide greater transparency around research outcomes,” said Joy Kirchner, Dean of Libraries and the Co-Chair of the Open Access/Open Data Steering Committee. “This new policy will also increase the visibility and reach of research, ensuring work is posted to a trusted and easily accessible repository, while also strengthening researchers’ supports for their authors rights.”

The policy was developed by York’s Open Access/Open Data Steering Committee, in accordance with the principles established by the Budapest Open Access Initiative as well as the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications.

York joins the more than 120 institutions worldwide who have adopted open access policies so far, including Canadian universities.

For more information on York’s Open Access Policy, including the policy’s full text and answers to frequently asked questions, visit our website.