Open access (OA) refers to research publications that are made freely available on the internet. Authors generally retain copyright on their OA publications but the material can be downloaded and shared with others as long as attribution is provided. There is a wealth of reputable peer-reviewed journals that are open access.
Many researchers have chosen OA publishing since free online access can help promote the discovery of their research and increase the citation rate of their articles. Open access is currently mandated by the Tri-Agency on their funded research projects.
SOURCE, Sheridan's institutional repository, is an option for faculty, staff and students to publish their work as OA or share their work as OA after publishing in a journal.