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

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!

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