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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Two library groups support draft CIHR policy

SPARC and CARL have issued a joint press release commending the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for its draft OA policy.  Excerpt:

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and CARL (the Canadian Association of Research Libraries) --together representing over 200 academic and research libraries across North America-- commend the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for the strength and timeliness of its Draft Policy on Access to Research Outputs.

The Draft Policy will govern peer-reviewed journal publications, research materials, and final research data stemming from CIHR funding, It marks a significant step forward for Canadian science and puts Canada in the forefront of the global open access movement. CIHR is the major federal agency responsible for funding health research in Canada.

In its response to the Draft Policy SPARC presents three recommendations for refinement:  [1] That grantees be required to comply with the policy; [2] That the specifications for qualified archives and repositories should be explicitly detailed; and [3] That articles must be deposited immediately upon publication in an open archive, but to offer the flexibility of allowing the grant or award recipient to perform the deposit or to require the journal (or another agent) to make the deposit on the researcher's behalf and in compliance with CIHR requirements.

The SPARC letter also highlights the importance of access to data....

In its response CARL asks that CIHR work with stakeholders [1] To develop a Canadian-based solution for housing and making accessible the outputs of CIHR-funded research over the long term; [2] To implement a more structured approach to providing access to research data; and [3] To ensure that compliance to the policy is linked to future funding decisions....

The CARL letter is also supported by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

"SPARC commends CIHR's goals as well as the overall draft policy, which is strong, timely and consistent with emerging practice internationally," said SPARC Director Heather Joseph. "We encourage CIHR to continue to move forward and implement a policy that effectively ensures the open sharing of CIHR research outputs." ...

The SPARC letter to CIHR is online [here].  The CARL letter is online [here].