Open Science Principles

Through the practice of its Open Science principles, The Neuro envisions cohesion, long-term sustainability and synergy between its transdisciplinary teams of researchers and clinicians, as well as the patients and communities it serves. 

1. Public release of data and other scientific resources

The Neuro and its researchers will publish open access articles and render all positive and negative numerical data, models used, data sources, materials, reagents, algorithms, software and other scientific resources publicly available no later than the publication date of the first article that relies on this data or resource.

2. External research partnerships

All publications, data and scientific resources generated through research partnerships –whether with commercial, philanthropic, or public sector actors – are to be released publicly no later than the publication date of the first article that relies on this data or resource.

3. Research materials and tools

The Neuro supports knowledge creation and innovation by maximizing the long-term value of the physical contributions made by research participants and the physical scientific resources created by Neuro researchers and their collaborators. The Neuro will manage these resources in such a way as to remain financially self-sustaining, while continuing to enrich and strengthen its informational content and the knowledge it provides.

In handling materials originating from patients, The Neuro recognizes the primacy of safeguarding the dignity and privacy of patient-participants, and respecting the rights and duties owed them through the informed consent process.

4. Intellectual property

Subject to patient confidentiality and informed consent given, neither The Neuro nor its researchers in their capacity as employees or consultants of McGill or The Neuro will obtain restrictive intellectual property protection in respect of any of their research outputs, whether done internally or with collaborators.

5. Researcher and patient autonomy

The Neuro supports the autonomy of its stakeholders, including but not limited to researchers, staff, trainees and patients, through recognizing their right to decline to participate in research and associated activities under an Open Science framework. However, The Neuro will not support activities that compromise the Open Science principles outlined above.


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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.



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