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Thursday, April 12, 2007

OA law program spreads to Canada

Open Access Law Canada is a new project to help bring OA to Canadian legal research.  (Thanks to Michael Geist.)  From the site:

Open Access Law Canada is part of the Open Access Law Program. The Open Access Law initiative, launched in June 2005, is a part of the Science Commons Scholar's Copyright Project, and is working to support open access to scholarly research in a wide range of disciplines in science and social science. Open Access provides free public access to scholarly literature and promotes the dissemination of this scholarship, which benefits the author, the publisher, and the public.

The Open Access Law Program provides a number of resources to encourage open access archiving. These resources include a set of Open Access Principles for Law Reviews, and information about Open Access publishing agreements.

The Open Access Principles are a small number of principles that commit the law review to taking the least restrictive licence consistent with its needs, a promise to provide an electronic copy of the final version of the article to the author, and a commitment to allow public access to the law review's standard publishing contract. The Principles do not ask the law review to undertake the archiving of articles or change the publication format of the law review-they simply ask the review to allow the archiving of articles by authors at university repositories, scholarly portals, and the author's personal webpage. The Canadian Model Publication Agreement enshrines these commitments in a neutral contract that is easy for both authors and law reviews to accept. The Program also encourages authors to deposit electronic copies of their work in open access repositories....