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Scholarly Communication

This guide contains information and resources related to scholarly communication and publishing at Ryerson University.

Ryerson Library Author Fund

Please note: The Library is reviewing its open access author fund. Currently, we are unable to fund any further articles. Please check back here for further updates.


The Library’s Open Access Author Fund is designed to align with the core values of the open access movement. As such, the Library will not fund so-called ‘hybrid’ open access journals, meaning those published by commercial publishers who continue to sell subscriptions. The Library is concentrating its efforts in promoting open access publishing by supporting articles published in pure open access journals with three major publishers: Biomed Central*, The Public Library of Science, and Hindawi. Unfortunately, this means that we cannot offer support for articles outside these three publishers. We will review this policy annually.

Please consult this page for updates this policy and for the status of the deposit accounts.

It is important to note that faculty members and graduate students can still adopt an open access publishing practice by self-archiving post-prints from commercial publishers, subject to the conditions specified within the copyright transfer agreement. This method of open access, known as Green Open Access, is endorsed by more than 90% of publishers. The Draft Tri-Agency Open Access requirements can be satisfied by pursuing green open access.

Although details about author rights are contained within your copyright transfer agreement, you may also consult Sherpa/RoMEO for details about what use publishers permit:

SHERPA/RoMEO: Publishers copyright policies & self-archiving

SHERPA/RoMEO contains detailed information about which version of your paper you are permitted to post to the public web, and the conditions that are required.

Post Print copies are the final post-refereed draft versions of your article, prior to final typesetting and formatting by the publisher. A Pre-Print is the version of the article you first submitted to the publisher before any changes have been made.

For publisher agreements or help with conditions and terms of SHERPA/RoMEO please contact: copyrt@ryerson.ca.

If you require help on how to post an article to The Ryerson University Digital Repository, please contact Brian Cameron: bcameron@ryerson.ca

Thank you for your interest in the Ryerson Library Author Fund.

Who is Eligible

The fund is open to graduate students, faculty, staff, adjunct faculty, and postdoctoral researchers at Ryerson University.

Applicants must exhaust other funding sources (e.g. grants) to pay for open access charges before applying.

How to Apply

For further information, please contact Brian Cameron (bcameron@ryerson.ca). 

Thank you for your interest in the Ryerson Library’s Open Access Author Fund.

More information on Open Access Materials: Evaluating Journals

* Please note: BioMed Central is currently determining institutional payments based on the affiliation of the corresponding author, rather than the submitting author’s affiliation to the institution. As such, BioMed will only be able to grant institutional payments for articles where the corresponding author is affiliated to an institution that is a BioMed Central member.