January 27, 2022

Public/Open Access: CHORUS and National Science Foundation (NSF) Announce Research Dissemination Agreement


The new agreement is in accordance with the NSF public access plan, which was released on March 18, 2015. NSF’s public access plan is intended to accelerate the dissemination of fundamental research results that will advance the frontiers of knowledge and help ensure the nation’s future prosperity.


NSF will employ the CHORUS service to build on open standards, distributed networks and established infrastructure to enable agency indexing of articles, advance access to publicly available research articles, and enable the long-term preservation of and access to scholarly articles reporting on NSF-funded research.


Per this new agreement, the CHORUS service will support NSF’s existing partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information to provide distributed repository and search services linking to the best available version on publishers’ sites when possible.

As with the DOE, the NSF system will dovetail with the interoperable CHORUS framework, along with CrossRef’s Open Funder Registry, to provide the article submission workflow for grantees and facilitate public access to all articles that report on NSF funded research.

CHORUS enables readers searching the NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PAR), hosted by DOE, to follow links that point to articles in context of the journal where they were published.

Read the Complete Announcement (Incl. Comments from CHORUS Executive Director, Howard Ratner)

See Also: Open Access: National Science Foundation Releases Public Access to Funded Research Plan (March 18, 2015)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.