Office of the President

Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President


SFU expands research impact through Open Access

April 10, 2018

Simon Fraser University is recognized locally, nationally and globally for our research excellence.

As a public institution, with a mission to be Canada’s most community-engaged research university, we want to ensure that our research discoveries are made available to practitioners, policy makers and the general public, as well as to other scholars.

While scholarly journals remain the primary means of disseminating university research, the majority of these publications do not provide public access. And because of this, many in the wider community, including those who would find it most useful, will be denied its benefit.

That’s why SFU has joined hundreds of other universities worldwide to help scholars share the products of their research with the broadest possible audience. SFU’s Open Access Policy, endorsed by Senate in 2017, outlines this commitment.

SFU researchers can now provide their scholarly articles to the SFU Library, which will make these articles available without charge to the general public.

By sharing the results of their research, scholars can assist communities to address challenging social, economic and environmental issues, stimulate further enquiry, and generate opportunities for collaboration and innovation at home and around the globe.

More generally, the sharing of knowledge supports the creation of informed, healthy and inclusive societies, and promotes evidence-based deliberation and decision-making.

For scholars, open access means more readers and conversations, more citations and collaborations, and broader engagement and recognition.

I urge all SFU researchers to provide electronic copies of the final texts of their articles to the SFU Library via the Summit deposit form. The Library will ensure public access and use of this research, subject to requirements for access delay and embargo periods.

To learn more about open access, I also encourage members of the SFU community to attend lectures in the Fall 2018 President’s Dream Colloquium on the topic “Making Knowledge Public.” Details on the Colloquium will be announced shortly.

I hope you will join me in supporting open access and helping SFU to engage the world by showcasing our research and increasing its impact.