Critics attack decision to allow federally funded researchers more time to publish trial results

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 07 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8381
  1. Charlotte Santry
  1. 1Toronto

Rules on publishing publicly funded medical research in Canada are being relaxed in a move that has been criticised as “backwards.”

From January 2013 researchers will have a year to make peer reviewed work that is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) freely available online after it is published in journals.

The CIHR’s new policy on open access gives researchers twice as long as the current guidance does to make their findings public. The decision comes in spite of strong pressure for medical research in Canada to be made more transparent.

The open access policy, which covers bioinformatics, atomic, and …

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