Two U.S. Government Agencies Announce Plans to Make Research and Articles Publicly Accessible
UPDATE February 14: American Association of Publishers (AAP) Comments on AHRQ and NASA Public Access Plans
Heather Joseph at SPARC has two excellent blog posts about two more U.S. gov agencies announcing their public access plans in the past few days. The U.S. Department of Energy announce their plans (the first to do so) last August.
1. On Monday (2/9), word from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ):
Heather Joseph writes:
The AHRQ plan includes provisions for making both articles and data resulting from its funded research publicly available. The article provisions closely resemble those in the policy currently in place at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), requiring AHRQ-funded researchers to deposit articles into the PubMed Central database, to made freely available to the public no later than 12 months after publication in a peer reviewed journal.
NASA’s plan includes provisions for making both articles and data resulting from its funded research publicly available. Most notably, the Agency commissioned a full independent analysis of implementation options available to provide effective compliance with the article requirements of the White House directive. The analysis compared the merits of the NIH PubMed Central (PMC) database, the DOE’s Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES) system, and the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS) platform proposed by the publishing industry. Ultimately, NASA opted to work with NIH’s PMC database.
Direct to Full Text of SPARC Blog Post
The full text of the NASA plan is linked in the SPARC blog post and also embedded below. Thanks to SPARC for the info and excellent summaries.
See Also: U.S. Department of Energy Unveils “PAGES” Portal to DOE-funded Scientific Research (Roundup) (August 4, 2014)
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