Monday, December 10, 2012

CIHR Open Access Policy

As an Open Access advocates, I was delighted to see amendments made to the CIHR Open Access Policy this month. As of January, 2013, CIHR-funded researchers will be required to make their peer-reviewed publications accessible at no cost within 12 months of publication – at the latest.

The policy states that :

As of January 1, 2013, researchers awarded funding from CIHR are required to adhere with the following responsibilities:
  • ensure that all research papers generated from CIHR funded projects are freely accessible through the Publisher's website or an online repository within 12 months of publication;
  • deposit bioinformatics, atomic, and molecular coordinate data into the appropriate public database (e.g. gene sequences deposited in GenBank) immediately upon publication of research results;
  • retain original data sets for a minimum of five years (or longer if other policies apply);
  • and acknowledge CIHR support by quoting the funding reference number in journal publications.
Read the full policy on the CIHR website.

If you have recieved funding from CIHR and want to discuss what this policy means for you, please contact someone from the Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication Team:

- kjb

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