The Graduate Student Open Access Award, sponsored by the Graduate Students' Association (GSA), the Library and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA), was estabLogo Open access Graduate Student Awardslished to recognize Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

The Award encourages Carleton graduate students to make their works more widely available on the internet and thereby increase the visibility and impact of their research in advancing knowledge and improving the global community.

Competition for the current year is now closed. The next Call for Applications will be made in late fall 2017.

2016-2017 Award Recipients (forthcoming)

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the Award?

Up to five monetary awards of $1000.00 will be distributed. The awards will only be granted when there is at least one paper of sufficient quality.

Who is eligible?

Any GSA member who has a paper published or accepted (pending minor revisions) in an open access journal can apply. If you are one of multiple authors, you must be very clear of the role you played (ie. wrote paper, wrote section, collected data, etc).

What is eligible?

For the 2016-17 Award, articles published or accepted for publication within the last two years (i.e.  after January 1, 2015)  are eligible for consideration.  "Accepted for publication" means after peer-review process. These must be peer-reviewed articles that have been accepted for publication in journals which are fully open access; that is, all the content of the entire journal is freely and globally available immediately after publication. Open Access articles are freely available for redistribution and reuse, which means that anyone who has access to the internet may read, download, copy and distribute that article.  A list of open access journals can be found in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Who decides how the Award will be distributed?

The Award is jointly administered by the Library, Graduate Student Association, and Faculty of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs  through the Scholarly Communications Committee.

Will the Award winners' names be made public?

Yes, a list of authors and articles, as well as a brief author biography, will be published on the Library's Open Access website each year the award is granted. It is expected that the winners will deposit a copy of their articles to the Carleton University repository (CURVE) as well. 

Will the Award be made available permanently?

This initiative is evaluated on a yearly basis. Continuation of the award depends on the outcome of the evaluation and the availability of funding from the three contributing partners.