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Sunday, September 09, 2007

CARL welcomes OA mandate at CIHR

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has issued a press release celebrating the new OA mandate from CIHR.  (Thanks to Heather Morrison.)  Excerpt:

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) welcomed the new CIHR Policy on Access to Research Outputs. CIHR is the major federal agency responsible for funding health research in Canada.

Under the new Policy “grant recipients must make every effort to ensure that their peer-reviewed research articles are freely available as soon as possible after publication.”

“CARL welcomes the new CIHR policy “stated Carolynne Presser, Chair of the CARL Scholarly Communication Committee. “We would prefer to see full and immediate public access to all CIHR-funded research. However this is a step in the right direction.”

“The new Policy should mean that all Canadians – the general public, healthcare practitioners and researchers - will enjoy increasing free access to publicly-funded Canadian health research through the Internet” noted CARL President, Ms. Leslie Weir.  “It is encouraging to see CIHR’s commitment that ‘timely and unrestricted access to research findings is a defining feature of science, and is essential for advancing knowledge and accelerating our understanding of human health and disease.’ CARL looks forward to working with CIHR to implement the Policy and to make it a success for other funding agencies to follow.”