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PubMed Central Canada (PMC Canada) was a Canadian national digital repository of peer-reviewed health and life sciences literature. [1] It operated from 2010 to 2018. It joined Europe PubMed Central (formerly UK PubMed Central) as a member of the PubMed Central International network. [2] PMC Canada was a partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI, the Canadian National Science Library), and the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM). [3]

PMC Canada included an interface in both English and French, to support the use of Canada's two official languages. PubMed Central Canada provided free access to content, and was one of the locations where CIHR researchers could deposit their peer-reviewed research articles, in order to meet with the open-access requirements of the CIHR Policy on Access to Research Outputs. [4]


The initial version of PubMed Central Canada launched in October 2009. The launch was timed to coincide with Open Access Week. The full launch of PMC Canada, including a manuscript submission system for CIHR researchers, was April 28, 2010. [5]

Taken offline

On February 23, 2018, PubMed Central Canada (PMC Canada) was taken offline permanently. [6] No author manuscripts were deleted, and the approximately 2,900 manuscripts authored by researchers funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in the archive were copied to the National Research Council's Digital Repository over the coming months. These manuscripts along with all other content will also remain publicly searchable on PubMed Central and Europe PubMed Central, meaning such manuscripts will continue to be compliant with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. [7]


  1. ^ PubMed Central Canada. "About PubMed Central Canada". Archived from the original on 2012-06-03. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  2. ^ "PMC International". National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  3. ^ "Pubmed Central Canada is Launched. NLM Technical Bulletin. 2010 Jan–Feb". Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  4. ^ Government of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (15 August 2006). "CIHR Policy on Access to Research Outputs - CIHR". Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  5. ^ Government of Canada, National Research Council (2010-04-28). "Canada joins international network providing free access to health research". Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  6. ^ "PubMed Central Canada taken offline in February 2018". Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  7. ^ Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications.

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