October 17, 2013


Please join us for our third brown bag session, part of the Sharing Research Strategies series.

Oct. 23 Thane & Lori

I don’t want to be part of ERA. Can I opt out?

  • Yes. Just email Thane Chambers by 11:59 pm December 31, 2014.
  • And you can also choose to opt out at a later date, just email Thane.
  • We’d also like to know what your concerns are. Please let us know why you are choosing not be part of this strategy.
Is there more information about this ?
  • Yes. Everyone is welcome to attend the brown bag session on Wednesday October 23 in ECHA 5-140
  • Please visit the FAQ page on ERA.
  • If your questions are not answered by the FAQ page or in the brown bag, please email Thane.

What are the advantages ?

  • This is a zero-cost and efficient way to meet the open access requirements of many funding agencies.
  • All the publications that are deposited in ERA will be crawled by google and google scholar. So people can quickly access and be informed about our scholarly work.
  • There is research evidence that items deposited in institutional repositories such as ERA are cited more often than items only available through commercial publishers.
  • The library has investigated the copyright regulations around depositing each of the articles. So you can just link to your work without having to worry about sending out an unauthorized copy.
  • Our scholarship will now be available to researchers in low and middle income countries who may not belong to institutions with libraries that have funds to purchase many journal articles. This is ethical and increases our global outreach.
  • Depositing articles in ERA is compliant with the CIHR mandate on open access.

So what do I need to do?

  • Not too much.
  • The library will create your profile page. If you’d like to use another photo, please email it to Thane Chambers.
  • You will receive an email from the library. It will include a spreadsheet with your publications. Some publications have already been deposited and just need to be linked to your profile page. Others may require your permission to be uploaded. And some may not be allowed to be uploaded due to copyright restrictions. Just follow the instructions in the email.
  • Newer publications may not be on your list. We have plans to upload these in the near future. Also, any new publications will automatically be uploaded to your profile. But you still may receive an occasional email from the library if there are any copyright restrictions on depositing these items to ERA.

What are the next steps?

  • The library will begin creating the profile pages.
  • You will receive an email from ERA with the spreadsheet of your publications and any actions that may be required.
  • You will receive a link from ERA when your page is done.

Important Announcements

Important information for post-secondary students undertaking a health-related research project:

If you require information on Canadian patients who have been in hospital, you are able to access free hospital data through the UofA library, through the Data Liberation Initiative.

Click HERE for more information from Greg Webster, Director of Acute and Ambulatory Care Information Services with CIHI.

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have officially launched a consultation with their communities on the draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy.

The harmonized draft policy is modeled after the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) Open Access Policy, which remains unchanged and continues to be mandatory.

The consultation document is now available for input until December 13, 2013.

Your feedback:

NSERC and SSHRC invite post-secondary institutions, associations, organizations and individuals to provide their input on the draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy by visiting the NSERC website.

Institutional and organizational representatives are asked to consult their researchers and membership and report on the collective perspective. Individuals may also respond independently. Please indicate the section(s) of the draft policy being referred to, within your written feedback.
Responses should be sent electronically to openaccess@nserc-crsng.gc.ca.

Please note that the consultation document is accessible online until December 13, 2013, at which time the consultation period ends. NSERC and SSHRC would like to thank the groups and individuals who have provided advice and feedback through the development of the draft policy.

For more information, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions or contact openaccess@nserc-crsng.gc.ca.

Programs and Events

McCalla Professorship Information Session

As you may already know, the deadline for applications for the 2014-15 McCalla Professorships for Small Faculties is December 2, 2013. Please click HERE to view the application and selection procedure for McCalla Professorships.

As a reminder, large faculties are asked to submit recommendations to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) no later than January 31, 2014.

Information Session
An information session will be held Tuesday, November 5 from 2:00 – approx. 4:00 p.m. in 2-31 South Academic Building (SAB).

During this session, Bill Connor, Vice-Provost (Academic Programs and Instruction), will review the criteria and answer questions. Although the session will focus on the terms for small faculties, anyone with questions is welcome to attend.

For information about application deadlines and application forms, please contact:
Theresa Curry at 78.492.8372.

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