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Friday, August 04, 2006

Results of CIHR survey on its evolving OA policy

In April the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) called for comments on its evolving OA policy. It has now released the results --dated June 2006 but apparently released today. (Thanks to Heather Joseph.) Excerpt:

CIHR recognizes the importance of disseminating research results, data and materials to further advance scientific research and discovery. CIHR believes that the research process is not complete until the results are validated and openly transmitted to the appropriate audience. Access to research outputs, products and materials is imperative for reproducing results and maximizing the impact of these discoveries....

10) Do you support self-archiving of peer-reviewed research publications an Institutional Repository (IR) at a Canadian university?

Key Finding: A majority of respondents supported self-archiving of peer-reviewed publications in appropriate Institutional Respositories....

13) As a journal editor, or representative of a professional scientific society, what are potential positive or negative impacts that you see with the implementation of a policy requiring CIHR funded researchers to follow one of the aforementioned mechanisms?

Key Finding: Most respondents felt that the benefits outweighed any negative aspects....

15) If CIHR were to mandate self-archiving of peer-reviewed publications, how long after publication should this occur?

Total number of responses: 34

Immediately (19)
Three months (6)
Six months (2)
Other (7)....

18) Please comment on any experiences with other organizations, both nationally and internationally, regarding sharing or access to resources, data, and publications? Do you have suggestions or comments that CIHR should consider during policy development?

Key Finding: The Wellcome Trust position statement in support of open and unrestricted access to published research was most often cited as the gold standard. Many respondents felt that the NIH Public Access policy was unsuccessful because of voluntary compliance....

Conclusion and next steps

The responses to this survey have provided valuable feedback and many useful suggestions that will undoubtedly encourage internal and advisory committee discussions. This information will be of great assistance in the development of a draft policy on access to research products. CIHR anticipates posting a draft policy on its Website for consultation during the latter part of this summer.

CIHR continues to welcome comments and suggestions. Please direct them to: Geoff Hynes, Research Officer, President’s Office/Corporate Planning and Policy, Canadian Institutes of Health Research