Information for CIHR Grant Recipients

CIHR Policy on Access to Research Outputs

Policy Summary


    * Ensure that all research papers generated from CIHR funded projects awarded after January 1, 2008 are freely accessible through the Publisher's website or an online repository within twelve months of publication;
    * Deposit bioinformatics, atomic, and molecular coordinate data into the appropriate public database (e.g. gene sequences deposited in GenBank) immediately upon publication of research results;
    * Retain original data sets for a minimum of "five years" (or longer if other policies apply);
    * Acknowledge CIHR support by quoting "the funding reference number" in journal publications.

See FAQ on CIHR Policy on Access to Research Outputs

Adhering with the new policy - Open access publications

For journal publications, there are two ways to adhere with the policy:

    1. Submit your manuscript to a journal that offers immediate open access (e.g. CMAJ, PLoS) or offers open access to the paper on its website within 12 months, such as New England Journal of Medicine
    2. Submit your manuscript to a journal that does not offer open access, but will permit you to archive the peer-reviewed manuscript in a central repository, such as PubMed Central Canada or within 12 months of publication deposit in an institutional repository, such as YorkSpace.

Resources on Publishing in an Open Access Journal

PMC Journal List: A list of publishers that voluntarily submit journal articles to PubMed Central

DOAJ: (Directory of Open Access Journals): This service covers free, full text, scholarly journals.

Ulrich's International Periodical Directory: This subscription based resource may be used to determine if a journal is open access and it also may link to the impact factor of the journal.

Resources on Submitting to an Institutional Repository

SHERPA/RoMEO website: The website lists publishers copyright policies and restrictions.

Author Rights

SPARC Canadian Author Addendum
The new SPARC Canadian Author Addendum enables authors to secure a more balanced agreement by retaining select rights, such as the rights to reproduce, reuse, and publicly present the articles they publish for non-commercial purposes.

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