In February, three funding agencies – AHRQ, USDA and NASA – released plans for public access to funded research (i.e., publications and data). These plans are in response to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memo ” Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research .” Here are a few highlights from the plans:
- The AHRQ Public Access Policy will be in full effect by October 2015.
- Grantees will be required to submit final, peer-reviewed journal manuscripts to PubMed Central .
- Whenever possible, digital data from funded research “should be stored and publicly accessible to search, retrieve, and analyze.”
- The plan outlines how USDA will implement (over the next few years) policies, procedures, infrastructure, and outreach & training to increase public access to USDA-funded publications and data.
- Beginning January 1, 2016, grantees will be required to deposit manuscripts in the USDA public access archive, PubAg .
- NASA plans to have its policy full implemented by October 2015.
- Grantees will be required to submit final, peer-reviewed journal manuscripts to PubMed Central , which NASA selected as the best manuscript repository for its needs.
- Grant applications will soon require data management plans, which address whether and how digital data will be preserved and accessible.