Scholarships and awards

GSS Open Access Award

September 12, 2017

The Graduate Student Society Open Access Award acknowledges graduate students who have published work in gold open access journals. Our aim is to increase the visibility and prestige of such publications and support the open access movement’s ability to effectively disseminate research findings. GSSOAA is jointly administered by the GSS and the SFU Library and will consist of up to 10 monetary awards of a minimum of $100.00.

Applications will be accepted from August 21st, 2017 to October 6th, 2017, and the award winners will be announced on October 23rd, 2017 in conjunction with Open Access Week 2017. For more information about open access publishing, assistance in finding suitable open access publishing venues for your work, and accessing the SFU Library Open Access Fund, please contact your departmental librarian or visit the Scholarly Publishing and Open Access Guide.

Who is eligible?

  • Must be a current SFU graduate student or recent graduate (within 1 year of convocation)
  • Must be author or a co-author on a published paper (or accepted for publication) in a Gold Open Access Journal. Eligible journals will be those in the Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Published paper must be submitted to the SFU Summit Research Repository prior to the application deadline to be eligible for an award (
  • The theme for Open Access Week 2017 is “Open in order to…” – applicants will need to complete the sentence in 50 words or less to explain why they support open access initiatives

Which journals are eligible?

Eligible journals will be those in the Directory of Open Access Journals, or those whose editorial policies meet the criteria for inclusion in DOAJ.

What type of article is eligible?

Published articles or articles that have been accepted for publication are eligible for consideration. “Accepted for publication” means that the peer-review process has been successfully completed and that no further revisions are required. Proof of acceptance must be provided as an attachment to the application.

For more details please see visit the SFU Grad Society or contact the Director of University Relations.

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