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White House Releases Government-Wide Public Access Policy

March 1, 2013—John Holdren, Ph.D., director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), issued a Feb. 22 memorandum to federal agencies announcing a new federal government-wide public access policy. Under the policy, federal agencies with more than $100 million in research and development (R&D) expenditures must develop plans to make the results of federally funded research freely available to the public, in most cases within 12 months of publication. Specific agency plans are due to OSTP and the Office of Management and Budget in six months.

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) current policy appears to satisfy the new White House policy.  NIH requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication. The NIH policy requires that these manuscripts be made accessible to the public no later than 12 months after publication.


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