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'Canadian excellence' strengthened by extensive adoption of open access
Date:6/24/2009

BioMed Central and Wilfrid Laurier University today announce the launch of Laurier IR, an institutional repository that provides a visible point of open access archiving of intellectual output for all members of the University community.

Built on BioMed Central's "Open Repository" system and using BioMed Central's extensive open access knowledge and technology experience, Laurier IR is a personalized in-house repository that will significantly increase access to the university's scholarly information and also highlight the talent of the Universities researchers and students.

Laurier University is just one many organizations globally that have adopted Open Repository since its inception. Open Repository is built upon DSpace, an open-source solution for accessing, managing and preserving scholarly material.

In addition, the University's Supporter Membership with BioMed Central reduces the barriers for Laurier researchers publishing in BioMed Central's open-access journals by providing researchers with a 15 percent discount on the article processing charges.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) now requires authors to publish research results into open access journals and also encourages dual submission into an institutional repository. Complying with this mandate and also heeding wider position statements from bodies such as the Canadian Library Association (CLA) necessitated Wilfrid Laurier University to establish Laurier IR.

Laurier IR embraces the 'open access' movement by allowing authors to submit their original research directly to the repository. Electronic documents, including articles, pre-prints, monographs, reports, movies and databases can all be archived in the repository.

The service ensures that Laurier's scholarly communication output is consolidated, thus enabling researchers to broaden their knowledge base through greater collaboration and also providing a central point to st
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