PubMed Central Canada Launches: Global Exposure for Local Health Sciences Research

May 3rd, 2010 by cpringi

Steacie Librarians invite faculty and grad students to a reception on May 5  at 4:30 p.m.  to celebrate PubMed Central Canada – the newest partner in an international network providing free, or “open” access to health research. The reception takes place at Steacie Science & Engineering Library.

Special Guests:

  • Lesley Beagrie, Acting Dean, Faculty of Health
  • Gordon Flett, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Education
  • Ron Pearlman, University Professor, Department of Biology

On April 28, NRC’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) in partnership with Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the US National Library of Medicine, launched PubMed Central (PMC) Canada. PMC Canada enables CIHR-funded researchers to deposit their peer-reviewed articles for global exposure online along with content from PMC (US) and UKPubMed Central (UKPMC).

CIHR, along with a growing number of granting agencies, have adopted an Open Access (OA) policy, requiring that the results of all CIHR funded projects are made freely accessible online, and that accompanying data sets be deposited into public databases simultaneously with publication of research results. Click here for details on CIHR’s Policy on Access to Research Outputs. There is growing support within Science communities regarding OA publishing and in the life sciences, a number of OA journals such as Public Library of Science and BioMed Central have been established.

York University Libraries, recognizing the trend, initiated author support for OA publishing in (year). To raise awareness, Librarians meet with researchers one-on-one, offer workshops and online resources to help researchers comply with the policy. Researchers are encouraged to make their research available through YorkSpace, York University’s repository of research.

Tackling the World’s Health Issues: The Problem

In the past, while much funding has been dedicated to clinical research, scant attention has been paid to ensuring that the findings of this research was actually made available to people and institutions, policymakers and clinical practitioners that might benefit from the research. Emerging trends are turning towards requiring that research agendas not only involve the creation of knowledge but also a plan to facilitate the use of that knowledge, otherwise known as Knowledge Translation.

Open Access: Part of the Solution

The emphasis on Knowledge Translation has driven the groundswell of interest in Open Access (OA) publishing in recent years. The scholarly community and CIHR believe that “greater access to research publications and data will promote the ability of researchers in Canada and abroad to use and build on previous knowledge to address today’s health challenges…Only when research findings are widely available…can evidence be translated into policies, technologies, health-related standards and practices, and new avenues of research.”

Increasing York’s Research Impact.

CIHR grantees may set up an account to facilitate access to their research publications through PMC Canada using a bilingual interface. Eventually it is hoped that all CIHR-supported researchers will be involved in the endeavour. Some publishers already deposit entire journal issues in PMC Canada.

Among the benefits of this new initiative, York University health researchers can provide links to their free full-text published research for grant reviewers. Potential graduate students will be able to read the published research of York faculty.

Faculty and Graduate students are invited to find out how York University Libraries can help make your research available to the world through PMC Canada on Wednesday. See you there!

Two York graduate journals publish first issues

December 1st, 2009 by cpringi

York Digital Journals is proud to announce two journals publishing their inaugural issues in November 2009. These journals are the result of faculty, graduate student, and library collaboration, and are both over a year in the making.

jppalThe Journal of Public Policy, Administration and Law (JPPAL) is an interdisciplinary journal which encourages students, public servants and scholars to share knowledge and research concerning public policy, administration and law issues.

The journal is an entity associated and founded by the Masters of Public Policy, Administration and Law Student’s Association (MPPALSA) at York University. The goal of this journal is to share and compile high quality literature, exploring conventional and innovative topics and areas of research. JPPAL publishes theoretical, methodological and empirical papers. In addition to publishing peer-reviewed papers JPPAL contains invited papers, book reviews, and short commentary sections.

The inaugural issue of the Journal of Public Policy, Administration and Law marks the team effort of six dedicated individuals who freely volunteer their time and energy to make this first publication possible.

See JPPAL’s first issue here:

Critical Disability Discourse (CDD) is a bilingual, interdisciplinary journal, publishing articles that focus on experiences of disability.


The journal’s review board consists of over 30 students and faculty members from York University, the University of Toronto, Laval University, McMaster University, and the University of Cambridge. CDD was conceived by, and is managed entirely by, graduate students. Their objective is to create an academic space where graduate students might make valuable contributions to the field of Disability Studies. This journal is meant to facilitate an academic community and to provide a more promising opportunity for people just beginning their careers. Journal topics share in common a dedication to non-discrimination and social justice. It is the intention of the CDSSA to bring disability-related issues to mainstream scholastic conversations by promoting and publishing arguments that critically assess disabling social conditions. Discourse about disability is arguably not taken seriously enough in mainstream academic circles; without theoretical backing, it is difficult to effect social change. For CDD’s team, therefore, the journal might serve as part of a greater effort to bring disability to the table and to redress physical and attitudinal discrimination.

See CDD’s fist issue here:

Submitted by Andrea Kosavic, Digital Initiatives Librarian. Ask her about DI@Y!

YORKwrites highlights the Faculty of Science & Engineering

November 9th, 2009 by cpringi

Faculty, Students, Alumni and Staff were on hand November 3rd at Steacie Science & Engineering Library for YORKwrites 2009.

President Mamdouh Shoukri, Dean Walter Tholen and AVP Research Michael Siu were present to congratulate those whose output raises the profile of York University.

As a special treat, David Clink from the Bronfman Business Library read from his book of poetry, “Eating Fruit out of Season”.  Professor Paul Delaney provided the Toast to the Authors with his usual flair. Check out the story, pictures and video here.

We would like to thank everyone who played a part in YORKwrites in 2008 and 2009.  The reception was just a small part of the work that has been going on behind the scenes!


YORKwrites salutes All York Creators and Innovators today!

November 3rd, 2009 by cpringi

This it it – the YORKwrites reception happens this afternoon from 4 – 6 p.m. in the lobby of Steacie Science & Engineering Library.

  • the work of Yorks Faculty, Students, Staff and Alumni will be featured
  • York-Authored books will be available for purchase
  • York Libraries Scholarly Communications group will be on hand to discuss YUL services for authors
  • live music, refreshments


President and Vice-Chancellor,  Mamdouh Shoukri
Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering,  Walter Tholen
AVP Science & Technology,  Michael Siu
Author,  David Clink
Director of Division of Natural Sciences,  Paul Delaney

Yorkwrites salutes Kim Echlin

October 7th, 2009 by cpringi

York alumna Kim Echlin′s third novel, The Disappeared, has been named one of five books on this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize short list.

see the Yfile story

Yorkwrites salutes Jeff Edmonds (Computer Science)

September 9th, 2009 by cpringi

Jeff Edmonds’ wide-ranging algorithm research projects have produced an extensive list of published papers, journals, technical reports, and, in 2008, a textbook for his intermediate algorithms course.

Edmonds, a member of the Computing Theory Group at York, did not set out to write a textbook… see the full profile

YORKWrites Salutes Transnational Legal Theory

August 19th, 2009 by cpringi

(picture fromYFile story)

(picture courtesy of YFile)

A new quarterly journal called Transnational Legal Theory is a project emanating from Osgoode Hall Law School and financially supported by The Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security at York University.

The new journal seeks to be the leading venue for theoretical writing on both transnational dimensions of law and legal dimensions of transnational relations.

Craig Scott, Professor at  Osgoode Hall Law School and Director of the Nathanson Centre,  is  Convening Editor. Professor Scott notes that “we exceeded our expectations with the editorial team we have gathered around this initiative, which includes a global who’s who of scholars working in this field we are calling ‘transnational legal theory.'”

Scott added, “Despite being constantly invited into new projects and usually having to say no, the members of both the Editorial Committee and the Board of Editors almost to a person said they wanted to be part of this specific journal and to play the active role required of all editors because they felt that the journal was addressing a scholarly niche that very much needs a flagship publication and was conceived in the right way to make a major impact.”

While the journal has no permanent institutional home and in that sense is intended to be truly transnational in nature, it was made possible “by the tremendous intellectual energy and concentration of scholars who think about law in its transnational dimensions at York, both at Osgoode and in other departments of York such as Law and Society, Philosophy, Sociology and Criminology.”

York Professors involved in the project include:

Read more…

The first issue of Transnational Legal Theory will be published by Hart Publishing (UK) in Winter of 2010.

YorkWrites salutes Professor Yukari Takai

June 29th, 2009 by prussell

A new book by Glendon history professor Yukari Takai examines immigration and cultural development in North America. Gendered Passages: French-Canadian Migration to Lowell, Massachusetts, 1900-1920 focuses on the family dynamics in the French-Canadian immigrant experience in New England. The challenges faced by women and children differed greatly from those the men encountered, and the recognition and delineation of these differences informs and inspires her work. Drawing on archival records, oral histories, newspapers, and contemporary observations in both English and French, Gendered Passages offers a fresh and insightful perspective on an fundamental aspect of North American history.
For the complete story, click here.

Yorkwrites Salutes Professors Brendan Quine and George Zhu, graduate student Raj Seth

June 23rd, 2009 by prussell

Researchers at York University have designed a prototype for a bold leap forward in space design, engineering and exploration. Brendan Quine, professor of space physics and engineering in York’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, leads the team of scientists developing a new method of delivering goods and materials beyond the limits of earth’s atmosphere: a space elevator, rising 20 kilometers above sea level.
In a paper published in the journal Acta Astronautica, co-authored by Professor Zhu and grad student Seth, Quine details the process and materials of construction and development of the elevator.
Quine predicts the future development of a much higher platform, saying, “eventually, we could foresee going as high as 200 kilometres.”
Yorkwrites salutes Professor Quine and his team for their groundbreaking work in science, engineering, and the future of space travel.
For the full story, click here.

York University Rover Team: 2009 Champions

June 22nd, 2009 by prussell

In a remote area in the Utah desert, York undergraduate and graduate students captured first place in the 2009 University Rover Challenge. The York University Rover Team (YURT), comprised of science students from a variety of fields, took first place in a competition to design and build an exploration vehicle that is capable of functioning in the environmental conditions of Mars.
The annual competition is hosted by an organization of scientists and Mars enthusiasts known as the Mars Society. The purpose of the contest is to develop mobile units that could perform multiple  tasks on a Martian landscape; YURT posted high scores on all challenges, handily winning the competition.
Our Congratulations go out to all members of the York University Rover Team.

For the complete story, click here.