One Thing I Learned From Canadian Science Policy Debate – Open Access

Chalk it up to being a Yank who doesn’t give Canadian science policy his full attention, but one thing (among several) I learned from the recent Canadian cross-party science debate concerns open access policy.

The Conservative representative at the debate, MP Gary Goodyear, noted in a response about government scientists ability to communicate their research (per The Toronto Star):

That’s exactly why we have mandated that all federally funded research be made available online and free of charge.

As I haven’t posted anything on Canadian open access policies since 2010, clearly I need to catch up.  I am assuming Goodyear is referring to the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy, introduced in February by his successor as Minister of State for Science and Technology.  It applies to all grants issued from May 1, 2015 and forward (unless the work was already applicable to preexisting government open access policy), and applies most of the open access policy of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) to the other major granting agencies (the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada).

The policy establishes that grantees must make research articles coming from their grants available free to the public within 12 months of publication.  This can be done through an open access journal or archiving the article with an open access repository (such as one at a university).  CIHR grantees must also retain original research data for at least five years after the end of the grant, and deposit some types of research output into the relevant public database immediately on publication.

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  1. Pingback: Happy Thanksgiving! Oct. 12, 2015, my last mention of science debates in the Canadian 2015 federal election, and my 4001st posting | FrogHeart

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