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Open Access

Tools and tips to help you make your research Open.

Open Access Requirements

This page hosts a directory to various government agency requirements regarding Public (open) Access to research.

If you have any questions about these requirements or would like to know more about Open Access publishing options please contact openISU@iastate.edu or your subject librarian.

If your grant also has a data management/sharing requirement you can find out more about this topic on the Data Management Plan Guide.

Federal Agency Requirements Directory

In 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. 

Not all agencies have stated Open Access policies, but those that do are linked below. This list is updated as new information becomes available.

 

Agency

Article Solution

Maximum Embargo Period

ACL/ NIDILRR

PubMed Central (PMC)

12 months

AHRQ

PMC

12 months following publication date

ASPR

PMC

12 months

CDC

CDC Stacks, using NIHMS submission system

12 months

DOD

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)

12 months

DOE

Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES)

12 months

DOT

DOT National Transportation Library (NTL)

12 months

FDA

PMC

12 months

IES

ERIC

12 months

NASA

NASA branded PMC portal

12 months

NIST

PMC interface

12 months + reserves right to shorten or extend period

NIH

PMC

12 months

NOAA

NOAA Institutional Repository

12 months

NSF

NSF-PAR

12 months

SI

SRO, CHORUS

12 months

USAID

N/A

N/A

USDA

USDA public access archive system (PubAg)

12 months

USGS

Information Product Data System (IPDS) & USGS Publications Warehouse

12 months

VA

PMC

12 months

 

original table created by Columbia University Library from a community-sourced document tracking OSTP Responses: http://bit.ly/FedOASummary

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