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PubMed Central Comes to Canada (or vice-versa?)

PumMed Central LogoIf you ever read scientific publications, but you don’t have institutional journal subscriptions, you definitely know and love PubMed Central, the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) online repository of free-access full-text papers. Well, get ready for So You Think You Can Publish Canada PubMed Central Canada!

CIHR and the NRC’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information are partnering with NLM to establish PMC Canada, which follows UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) as PubMed Central expands internationally:

“PMC Canada will be a national digital repository of peer-reviewed health and life sciences literature, including research resulting from CIHR funding. This searchable Web-based repository will be permanent, stable and freely accessible. … PMC Canada will include a manuscript submission system to enable CIHR-funded researchers to deposit articles that are accepted for publication by peer reviewed journals.”

This initiative has been under way for some time, but it serves as a way to implement CIHR’s recently announced Policy on Access to Research Outputs, under which grant recipients are required to ensure that their peer reviewed publications are freely accessible online within six months of publication.  The NIH has a similar policy, with a 12-month window.

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