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Open Access publishing

Spectrum: Concordia's Research Repository

Spectrum is a web-based repository where Concordia faculty, research and students can upload their published work in order to make it more widely available over the internet. Authors may deposit copies of peer-reviewed research articles, conference papers, book chapters, images, PowerPoint presentations, or other materials that reflect research activity.

Depositing an article in Spectrum involves uploading the full text of the article, then adding basic citation information - a process that can take as little as 10 minutes. Each publication stored in Spectrum will have its own lasting web address. Spectrum is regularly crawled by Google and Google Scholar, so work will be findable via these search engines.

Authors depositing their work in Spectrum sign a license giving Concordia the non-exclusive right to make the submission accessible worldwide. Concordia University does not claim copyright over anything deposited in Spectrum. Research materials deposited in institutional repositories retain their original copyright: depending on the agreement with the original publisher, either the author or the publisher will retain the rights to an article. Authors can make use of the SHERPA/RoMEO website to determine whether they are permitted to deposit an article published in a particular journal.

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Finding OA journals in which to publish

You can use the resources below to identify Open Access journals in your subject area. Be sure to keep in mind the guidelines on how to recognize trusted Open Access publishers when evaluating the journals you find.


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Concordia Open Access Author Fund

The Concordia Open Access Author Fund is a joint initiative of the Library and the Office of Research, with Strategic Funding provided by the Office of the President. The fund was established to support Concordia authors who have published a peer-reviewed journal article in an open access journal that charges author processing fees.

See more information about the fund and how to apply.

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Institutional Membership to Open Access Journals

BioMed Central

Concordia University Library has purchased an institutional membership to BioMed Central, entitling all Concordia-affiliated authors publishing in BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals to a 15% discount on the article-processing charge (APC). If submitting off-campus, please contact krista.alexander@concordia.ca for the discount code.

Other APC discounts available to Concordia University authors:

Concordia authors are eligible for a 40% discount for articles published in some SAGE open access journals. Please see the list of discounts and exclusions in this Excel file. To obtain the discount code you must email APCQueries@sagepub.com and SAGE will provide you with a unique code to apply to your order.


Concordia authors that publish an open access article in either a Cambridge Gold or Hybrid open access journal are eligible for a 20% discount on APC charges. Discounts should be applied automatically when selecting Concordia as your home institution during the article submission process. If any issues arise, please contact krista.alexander@concordia.ca for the institutional token.

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Concordia authors are eligible for 25% off an AuthorChoice license when publishing in ACS journals. You will receive an email from ACS once your paper is accepted, which will indicate the Open Access licensing options available to you. If you choose to pursue an open access license for your article, you will be redirected to an e-commerce site where you will be taken through the steps of purchasing the licensing, at which point you will be able to apply the institutional discount via drop-down menu. Simply start typing “Concordia”, the field will auto populate, and the discount will be applied.

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SPARC Canadian Author Addendum: Securing Authors' Rights

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has developed a Canadian Author Addendum (available in English and French) to help authors secure the rights over the work they publish. Including the SPARC Canadian Author Addendum in a publication agreement enables authors to secure a more balanced agreement by retaining select rights, such as the rights to reproduce, reuse, and publicly present the articles they publish for non-commercial purposes.

For more context and instructions for using SPARC Canadian Author Addendum see Using the SPARC Canadian Author Addendum (available in English and French).

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Updated: Wednesday 7 August 2019
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