Monday, June 30, 2008

OICR Open Access Policy

It's been blogged elsewhere (e.g. on Heather Morrison's Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics: but I should make brief mention of the just-announced Ontario Institute of Cancer Research (OICR) Open Access Policy. I won't get into too many details (this page - - covers the basics plus there will be lots of discussion elsewhere) but I will say that the new directive is much in the vein of the previously-announced CIHR policy.

Also, in her posting, Heather says "Note: watch for OA policies at other Canadian provincial funding agencies - discussions are underway!" I know that the main Alberta health funder, the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR,, is certainly looking seriously looking at Open Access options; along with Denise Koufogiannakis from the University of Alberta, I talked with some folks at the AMFHR several months back about OA.


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