The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued a major policy memorandum that calls on federal science agencies to develop public access plans for making accepted manuscripts and peer-reviewed scientific journal articles publicly available in a timely fashion.

Cyber_BookThe White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has issued a major policy memorandum that calls on federal science agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and implement public access plans for making accepted manuscripts and peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and scientific data in digital formats resulting from agency research investments publicly available in a timely fashion.

In the February 22, 2013, memorandum “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research,” OSTP Director John Holdren directed agencies that spend more than $100 million a year on research and development to prepare plans to make the results of research they fund publicly available within a year of publication. (The OSTP memo states that agencies “shall use a 12-month post-publication embargo period as a guideline for making research papers publicly available” and notes that an agency can tailor its plan and other stakeholders can petition for changing the embargo period.) Agencies have six months to submit their public access plans to OSTP for review.

Dr. William Brinkman, then DOE Office of Science Director, welcomed the OSTP policy memo in an interagency news release: “Collaboration, transparency and open access to scientific findings accelerate discovery and innovation. The Department of Energy has been working for years with our colleagues in other science agencies and our stakeholders to advance open access. So we fully support the goals of the OSTP memorandum and will work quickly to develop and implement policies and procedures so that peer-reviewed journal articles funded by the Office of Science are available to the public.”

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Source: U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science and Technical Information | April/May 2013
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