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Federal Public Access

In February 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a policy memorandum directing federal agencies to develop policies to make the publications and data resulting from funded research freely available to the public. 

This chart indicates appropriate repositories and embargo periods mandated by select federal agencies. Links to publication repositories and data repositories, if known, are included.

Agency Publication Repository Embargo Period Data Repository
NSF NSF Public Access Repository(PAR) 12 months as appropriate to discipline; DMP required
NIH PubMed Central (PMC) through NIHMS system 12 months multiple solutions; DMP required
CDC CDC Stacks through NIHMS system 12 months multiple solutions; DMP required
EPA PubMed Central (PMC) through NIHMS system Unknown DMP required
USDA USDA public access archive system PubAg 12 months see Ag Data Commons; DMP required
USGS Unknown Unknown DMP required
NOAA NOAA Institutional Repository 12 months multiple solutions; DMP required
NASA NASA PubSpace 12 months NASA Data Portal or other; DMP required

Public Access Plans and additional information:
NSF Public Access Plan  NOTE:  NSF Public Access Plan applies to all awards issued on or after January 25, 2016.

NIH Public Access Policy

CDC Public Access Plan

USDA Implementation Plan to Increase Public Access to Results of USDA-Funded Scientific Research

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