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Federal Public Access Plans

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. The agencies have begun releasing their policies, many of which include a new requirement for data management plans (DMP) as part of the proposal process.

This chart indicates appropriate repositories and embargo periods mandated by select federal agencies. Links to publication repositories and data repositories, if known, are included. Many federal public access policies are listed below.

Agency Article Solution Embargo Period Data Solution
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 Unknown Unknown DMP required
USDA USDA public access archive system PubAg 12 months see Ag Data Commons; DMP required
USGS Unknown Unknown DMP required

Public Access Plans and additional information:
NSF Public Access Plan, March 18, 2015.

NIH Public Access Policy, February 27, 2015.

CDC Public Access Plan, February 27, 2015.

USDA Implementation Plan to Increase Public Access to Results of USDA-Funded Scientific Research, November 7, 2014.

USGS Instructional Memorandum, February 19, 2015.

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