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Canadian biomedical research gets central repository

Two years ago, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) mandated that all studies funded by taxpayer-backed grants be made freely accessible within six months of publication. The problem was there was no central repository to store all these papers, so manuscripts tended to be kept on a hodgepodge of publishers’ websites, institutional repositories and elsewhere. Now there’s a solution. As of today, researchers can submit their final peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central (PMC) Canada, the north-of-the-border spin-off of the US National Institutes of Health’s PMC, a free digital archive of biomedical journal paper. 


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