GSS Open Access Award (GSSOAA)

Graduate Student Society Open Access Award (GSSOAA)

The application period is now closed. Stay tuned for more information.

The Graduate Student Society Open Access Award acknowledges graduate students who have published work in gold open access journals. Our aim is to increase the visibility and prestige of such publications and support the open access movement’s ability to effectively disseminate research findings. GSSOAA is jointly funded and administered by the GSS and the SFU Library and will consist of up to 10 awards at $100 each.

Te application deadline has been extended until Friday, October 13th, 2017, and the award winners will be announced the week of Oct 23rd, 2017 in conjunction with Open Access Week 2017.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a current SFU graduate student or recent graduate (within 1 year of convocation)
  • Must be author or a co-author on a published paper (or accepted for publication) in a Gold Open Access Journal. Eligible journals will be those in the Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Published paper must be submitted to the SFU Summit Research Repository prior to the application deadline to be eligible for an award (
  • The theme for Open Access Week 2017 is “Open in order to…” – applicants will need to complete the sentence in 50 words or less to explain why they support open access initiatives

Applications can be submitted here.

Please click here for a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ).

For more information about open access publishing, assistance in finding suitable open access publishing venues for your work, and accessing the SFU Library Open Access Fund, please see the Scholarly Publishing and Open Access Guide.

A list of past winners of this award can be viewed here.

The 2016 OAA Report can be found here.