PubMed Central Canada to be taken offline in February 2018

In consultation between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the National Research Council (NRC), a decision has been made to permanently take PubMed Central Canada (PMC Canada) offline on February 23, 2018. This is being done for the following reasons:

  1. Approximately  only 4% of author manuscripts arising from CIHR-funded research have been deposited in PMC Canada by researchers since the system was created; and
  2. To continue to operate, PMC Canada requires a number of technical upgrades to meet Government of Canada web and security standards. However, the time and resources to upgrade the system are prohibitive.

CIHR and NRC wish to assure interested parties that no author manuscripts now in PMC Canada will be deleted, and that the approximately 2,900 manuscripts authored by CIHR-funded researchers currently in the archive will be copied to the NRC’s Digital Repository. These manuscripts, along with all other PMC Canada content, will also remain publicly searchable on PubMed Central (US) and Europe PubMed Central, meaning such manuscripts will continue to be compliant with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

As such, no new manuscripts will be accepted by PMC Canada after January 5, 2018. If you have recently submitted a manuscript to PMC Canada, staff will work diligently to process it before the system is taken offline. This may mean that you will have less time than usual to make any modifications to your manuscript prior to posting. We appreciate your understanding.

What are the alternatives to PubMed Central Canada?

CIHR and the NRC remain committed to open access and open science, and continue to encourage researchers to deposit their manuscripts in compliant university- and discipline-based repositories and open access journals. For a list of compliant repositories, please consult the Science.gc.ca Open Access website and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries Institutional Repository Project: Online Resource Portal

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