PubMed Central Canada launches

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PubMed Central Canada (PMC Canada) will launch soon. This will build on the success of the PubMed Central archive developed by the US National Library of Medicine. PMC Canada aims to help accelerate the creation of knowledge and facilitate its use by providing a freely-accessible, Canada-based archive of peer-reviewed health science literature.

The new resource is the result of a partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Research Council's Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, and the US National Library of Medicine. It will be part of the larger PubMed Central International network, which currently includes the U.S. PubMed Central and UK PubMed Central. The long term goal is to create a global network of digital archives that facilitates the sharing of locally-deposited content with others in the network.

The first phase of PMC Canada will be launched during Open Access Week (19-23 October). It will include a manuscript submission system to enable Canadian Institutes of Health Research researchers to deposit articles that are accepted for publication by peer-reviewed journals.