May 27, 2022

AAP Statement on Deadline for Federal Agencies Public Access Plan & CHORUS Update

From the Association of American Publishers:

“As the OSTP reaches today’s milestone [deadline for U.S. government agencies to submit plans to White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)], AAP remains supportive of its work to expand public access to federally-funded research and we look forward to continuing our ongoing involvement in this thoughtful process.

“We are pleased that CHORUS, the public-private partnership framework being developed by publishers to help agencies meet the OSTP directive, is actively evolving.

More than 70 organizations representing all segments of scholarly publishing and service providers have joined as signatories.

Its Proof of Concept will be released on August 30 and a Pilot will be underway by the end of September. In developing CHORUS, publishers have benefitted from engagement with the agencies, universities and other organizations. AAP believes the CHORUS concept is poised to serve as a true platform for innovation on behalf of all these groups and their interests.

“At a time when the desire to expand public access to knowledge is challenged by economic, technological, operational and other forces, fresh thinking and collaboration are fundamental. The publishing community welcomes renewed opportunities to work with OSTP and all stakeholders in moving these shared goals forward.”

Read the Complete Statement

CHORUS Update (via AAP)

The following publishers are actively contributing to the POC process:

American Institute of Physics

American Physical Society



John Wiley & Sons

We will have more representative publishers participating in the Pilot.

CHORUS has already collected several thousand metadata records from these five publishers for articles published in 2011-2013 derived from research based on US Federal agency funding. Each publisher has supplied the DOI (digital object identifier) and additional metadata detailing the research funding source(s) from a standard list provided by CHORUS service provider FundRef and a grant identification number when made available by the author. This information has then been merged into the FundRef database and linked to the core CrossRef bibliographic database to enable links to the best available version (the accepted author manuscript or full text version of record) at the publishers’ sites.

CHORUS has crafted personas for its many stakeholders, which have been actively vetted with the agencies: among them, US Agency Department Head, Researcher, Principal Investigator, Publishers and the Public.


With Gov’t Deadline Looming, AAP Outlines Public Access Plans (via PW)

See Also: Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress (2/21/13)

See Also: 65 Publishers and Partners Currently Endorsing CHORUS Proposal

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