Use of University of Toronto Repository for OA Requirements

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto has set up a webpage to help it’s researchers to comply with the OA requirements of the CIHR and the NIH. See: Open on-line access to publications: CIHR and NIH policies and management, June 26, 2008. Excerpts:

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) have recently posted policies mandating open online access to all published results of research funded by these agencies.

The University of Toronto showcases and preserves scholarly work of its research community through T-SPACE at the U of T Library. T-SPACE is a free, secure and permanent repository and will meet CIHR’s requirement, offering worldwide access to the broad spectrum of the U of T community’s scholarship. CIHR allows that its public access requirement may be met in a number of ways, including through submission to journals that offer immediate open access or permit an author to archive peer-reviewed manuscripts in a central or institutional repository within 6 months of publication. However, because T-SPACE not only allows faculty to adhere to CIHR’s policy respecting open access to publications, but also increases the visibility and research impact of posted publications – and provides usage statistics, the Faculty of Medicine requests that all members of our research community post all accepted publications in this repository.

While NIH requires the use of its PubMed Central database for compliance with its public access policy, future plans for T-SPACE include making it fully compliant with NIH public access policy through linkage to PubMed Central International, currently under development.

To help with the task of posting to T-SPACE, the Faculty has created this easy plan: simply CLICK HERE, complete the form and submit. Your publication will be added to the U of T repository, and you will receive a ticket number to verify and track the process.

Investigators may change the copyright agreements with publishers to meet CIHR and/or NIH policies by using the Author Addendum created by SPARC/CARL (, or one created for Science Commons. Both are freely available to facilitate communication with publishers.

A FAQS page is also available. An example: 6. What about copyright? Excerpt:

With T-Space, copyright is not transferred; instead the Faculty member grants the library a non-exclusive distribution and preservation license. T-SPACE also offers an optional legally binding Canadian Creative Commons license to further define appropriate use such as educational use only, share and share alike, etc.

At present, a news item about this webpage is posted on the DSpace home page, “University of Toronto Selects DSpace Repository for Open Access Requirement“, July 18, 2008. (My thanks to Rea Devakos for this information).


1 Comment »

  1. tillje said

    In Batch Deposits in Institutional Repositories (the SWORD protocol), posted by Stevan Harnad to his blog on July 9, 2008, Les Carr is quoted, as follows:

    Both EPrints and DSpace allow batch uploads, but more to the point, both of them support the new SWORD [Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit] protocol for making automatic deposits in repositories. We (the SWORD developers) very much hope that we will be able to work with established discipline [i.e., central] repositories to allow automatic feed through of deposits from Institutional Repositories into Discipline Repositories and vice versa.

    Comment: It appears that the SWORD protocol has the potential to permit articles to be archived only once, in either an Institutional Repository (such as T-Space), or a Disciple Repository (such as PubMed Central), in order to satisfy the requirements of both institutions and funding agencies.

    See also: SWORD case studies arxiv, JISC wiki page, last modified March 25, 2008.

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