Open at MRU
Open Access, Open Data, and Open Educational Resources are all part of a movement to help equalize access to education and scholarship by fostering an inclusive way to create and disseminate knowledge.
What is Open Access?
For a publication, resource, or initiative to be considered open access, it must be free of
- price barriers such as paywalls, subscription costs to end users, or other charges or fees that require paid access to the materials; and
- overly restrictive copyright or licenses that severely limit sharing or (re)distribution of the materials.
Open Scholarship is changing how knowledge is created and shared, increasing the reach and impact of research by removing barriers to access. Different OA publishing models exist, some of which also reduce barriers to sharing, modifying and reusing research output. MRU supports open scholarship through our Institutional Repository and Data Repository where research and scholarship created by the MRU community can be immediately and freely accessed.
Open access is a way to contribute to barrier-free academic resources that are available to all learners. Incorporating open educational resources are incorporated into instruction, faculty contribute to a more sustainable model for education.
Why Open Access?
Increased access and audience
Open access publications are freely available, giving anyone, anywhere, the ability to find, read, and share research. Unlike profit-driven subscription publications, OA resources do not charge subscription fees or require users to pay before they can view the content.
With more people reading your work, better access leads to increased citation rates for authors. Known as the open access citation advantage, several studies have demonstrated the value of OA.
Publicly-funded research belongs to the public
In Canada, most researchers working at universities receive public funding, through grants and salaries, to conduct research. The research funded by public tax dollars should be available to the public as quickly as possible.
Rigourous and high quality research
Misperceptions around the quality of open access publications remain, and some people continue to perceive articles published in open access journals as lower quality than those published in “traditional’ journals. While some predatory publishers do exist, the truth is that legitimate OA journals use the same quality control processes, including rigorous peer-review, editorial oversight, systems for retraction, and expectations of professional and ethical behaviour by researchers and publishers.
Library position statement on open access:
In 2014 the Library Faculty Council affirmed the Library's commitment to open access with this position statement.
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Open Educational Resources
Textbooks, images, videos, software, and tools are available to MRU academics looking for resources to help them in their teaching and learning.
Open Journal Hosting
This journal hosting service is provided by the Mount Royal University Library and is available to all MRU faculty, students, staff, administrators, centres, institutes, or affiliated community members who are interested in publishing their open access journal.
Copyright and Open Access
Copyright and Open Access
- For more information on author rights, see the 2019 CARL Guide to Author Rights.
- To search for permissions given by publishers as part of a journal publisher's copyright transfer agreement see the SHERPA/RoMEo tool.
- For more information about copyright and research/scholarship, visit the MRU Copyright Libguide.
Learn more about the scholars, students and community leaders advocating for equitable access to open education at MRU.