Open Research Repository

What is Open Research Repository?

Open Research ( is a digital archive managed by the University Library to collect, preserve, and distribute scholarly and creative output generated by the OCAD U community.

Open Research would like to collaborate with faculty and research groups who are interested in depositing their works, past and present. Depositors must possess copyright for submitted items or obtain permission from publishers/copyright owners. Assistance with verifying rights is available.

How to Participate

Contact Chris Landry at or 416-977-6000 x. 224 for assistance or consult our Deposit Guide for instructions on how to deposit your own work. Depositors must possess copyright for submitted items or obtain permission from publishers/copyright owners.

Why Should I Archive My Works in Open Research?

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By making your research available in Open Research you are increasing exposure to your work, which can lead to increased citation of research overall.


Open Research is managed by your library and ensures the long-term storage and preservation.


Quality metadata, indexing by Google, and inclusion in directories such as OpenDOAR provide multiple points of access to your research. Additionally, inclusion in Open Research gives your work context through its inclusion in a thematic repository while providing a complementary mode of distribution.

Funding Requirements

Recipients of grants from the Tri-Agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR) are now required to ensure that any peer-reviewed journal publication arising from Agency-supported research is freely available within 12 months of publication. Depositing an article or a post-print manuscript to Open Research will fulfill this requirement.

Item Types

We do our best to accommodate all item types. Types of research output we accept include:

  • Articles
  • Books
  • Book Sections
  • Book Reviews
  • Exhibition Catalogues
  • Theses and Major Research Papers/Projects
  • Reports/Working Papers
  • Conference/Workshop Items

Master’s Theses

The Library collects and makes available graduate theses in both print and electronic form. Theses can be browsed in the Library’s reference collection and e-theses are browsable in OCAD U’s Open Research Repository.

Graduate students are required to submit their theses to Open Research. For guidelines, forms, dates, and deadlines related to theses visit the Graduate Studies page.

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