The CIHR has announced a new policy to promote public access to the published results of research it has funded, effective January 1, 2008. The CIHR will require its researchers to ensure that their original research articles are freely available online within six months of publication. Read the full press release at http://www.cihr.ca/e/34851.html
The U.S. Congress is working now on proposals to similarly require such public access, rather than rely on the voluntary program that has so far produced minimal results. Keep up with progress on this legislation and open access issues in general with Peter Suber’s Open Access News blog, at http://www.earlham.edu/%7Epeters/fos/fosblog.html.