Thursday, 16 July 2009

PMC Canada -- will launch in Autumn 2009

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the National Research Council's Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI), and the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) have announced a three-way partnership to establish PubMed Central Canada (PMC Canada).

"PMC Canada is a powerful tool that will help researchers build upon one another's work and speed up the discovery and innovation process to address important health challenges," says Dr. Ian Graham, Vice-President of Knowledge Translation at CIHR. "It will provide quick and easy access to a much broader audience, increasing the value and application of CIHR-funded research."

PMC Canada builds on the successful PubMed Central (PMC) archive developed by the US National Library of Medicine and will join UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) as a member of the broader PMC International network. This network enables national versions of PMC to share content, and will make much of PubMed Central and UKPMC content accessible through PMC Canada.

The initial release of PMC Canada, to be available in fall 2009, will include a basic bilingual interface, a manuscript submission system for CIHR researchers and a bilingual help desk. An advisory committee of Canadian health researchers and other stakeholders will guide PMC Canada's future development.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

American Association for Cancer Research - Manuscript deposition service

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) - publishers of journals such as Cancer Research and Molecular Cancer Research - have announced the launch of their manuscript deposition service.

Designed to assist journal authors in meeting their funders' archiving mandates, authors of articles published in AACR journals can elect to have the AACR deposit their accepted manuscripts to PubMed Central or UK PubMed Central, thereby meeting the archiving requirements of the National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council.

For authors that choose to take advantage of this service, AACR will upload the accepted version of the manuscript to the repository upon acceptance, with a release date of twelve months (for National Institutes of Health) or six months (for Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Cancer Research UK, Wellcome Trust, and the Medical Research Council) post-publication.

No fee is charged for this service.