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What is Open Access?

Open Access is making research publications freely available to all.

The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications mandates open access to research articles funded by Canada's three major research agencies: NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR.

The policy stipulates that peer-reviewed journal articles produced from funded research must be made open access within 12 months of publication by either:

  • publication in an open access journal
  • archiving in a subject repository or institutional repository (CBU Scholar)

Why Open Access?

More people see your work! Did you know that open access articles are viewed and cited more than research behind paywalls?

Funder mandates: The Tri Agencies as well as several other large funders require that publications be made available to the public.


CBU Scholar is Cape Breton University’s Online Digital Repository

The database provides access to the scholarly publications and contributions of CBU faculty and students.

Repository Access:

Want to Submit your work? Email your submissions along with a signed agreement form (below) to:

Student Submission Form

Faculty Submission Form

Image and Figure Re-use

Your own images and figures: Often publishers will own the copyright to your work unless you publish it Open Access. If you want to keep the copyright to your images and figures for re-use, you can negotiate that with the publisher OR you can deposit a copy into an open repository such as CBUScholar or Dataverse before publication.

Images and figures from others: CBU authors can use images and figures (with proper citation) without having to request or pay a fee. The re-use needs to be for non-commercial personal, scholarly, or educational purposes and without modifications to the re-used content. The  Library, through our consortial partners (CRKN and CAAL), has negotiated this right for CBU authors in many of our licenses for journal subscriptions.

Below are the publishers that allow image and figure reuse due to our license agreements: (note that any open access articles you may re-use without checking this list- as long as it is cited)

American Chemical Society


Oxford University Press

Royal Society of Chemistry



Elsevier *Limited- only in conference/ presentations, not in publications

How to Publish in an Open Access Journal

Directory of Open Access Journals: Maintains and curates an online directory of open access peer reviewed journals.

Check options with your journal of choice, often they will offer an Open Access  option, that requires a fee known as an Article Processing Charge that allows the publisher to make your work openly available, while still making a profit.

CBU Open Access Agreements for Authors

Did you know that CBU affiliated researchers can get discounts on open access publishing fees?

  • SAGE journals: CBU authors get unlimited free open access publishing in SAGE choice hybrid titles, and 40% discount on APC's for articles in SAGE's Gold Open Access journals. The OA portal user guide is available here for instructions.  Once your article is accepted following the peer review process you will receive an email from '' with the subject line 'Complete the Open Access process for your article 10.xxxxx' follow the instructions there to allow your work to be openly available.
  • Elsevier Science Direct: Starting Jan 2024, authors affiliated with participating CRKN members will be eligible for unlimited open access publishing in over1,800 Elsevier Hybrid journals with no Article Processing Charge (APC), including in 165 Core Hybrid Specialty titles that are new to the CRKN agreement.
  • Oxford University Press:  Starting Jan 1 2024, authors at CRKN member institutions will benefit from unlimited open access publishing in more than 350 Oxford hybrid journals at no cost to the author (i.e. with no article processing charge (APC)), and a 10% discount on APCs when publishing in Oxford’s gold open access journals. For instructions see the Author Guide.
  • Taylor and Francis: 25% discount in T&F Open Select journals. An author can submit an article and choose the open access publishing option. When the APC is generated, authors can select their institution from the drop-down menu, and the discount will be automatically applied. The author can select a Creative Commons license to sign once they accept the quote.
  • American Chemical Society: $250 USD flat discount on APC's. Authors must identify their institutional affiliation in order to qualify for the discount.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry: 15% APC discount negotiated for CRKN affiliated authors in RSC hybrid journals. Submit article following standard process, when email received to license system, it will identify the author as eligible by domain. Next, author selects standard license or open access- if open access, given the option.
  • Wiley: CRKN has signed a two-year, read-and-publish transformative agreement with Wiley. This cost-neutral agreement removes article processing charges (APCs) for authors publishing in Wiley hybrid journals at CBU.  Any corresponding authors affiliated with participating CRKN institutions, with articles accepted for publication in Wiley journals during the term of the agreement, will have their APC waived.
  • More instructions for authors can be found here: APC discounts with CRKN


Author Rights and Copyright

SHERPA/RoMEO: Publisher copyright and self-archiving information. This site allows you to check what your author rights are, if you can upload a version to an institutional repository or make your work available online.