Concordia's commitment to Open Access
History and involvement
Concordia University is a founding member of the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI), a coalition of North American universities and colleges with faculty OA policies. COAPI shares OA implementation strategies and advocates for OA institutions. Concordia is also a member of SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries.
Concordia University has a long history of supporting open access. The university's 2010 Senate Resolution on Open Access (English PDF | French PDF) encourages faculty and students to make their peer-reviewed research and creative output freely accessible by depositing it in Spectrum, Concordia's institutional repository, or another open access venue. This was one of the first such resolutions in Canada. In 2011 Concordia University became a signatory to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and the Humanities.
Concordia University Library supports OA scholarship and research dissemination in other ways including institutional memberships and supports for publishers and initiatives, including EPrints; ORCID; arXiv; CRKN's Heritage Project; and SCOAP3. Consult the full list of institutional supports for OA publishing.