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Federal Agency Public Access Requirements

A Guide to Funded Research Public Access Plans and Processes

Public Access Service

Most federal agencies now require researchers to make final, peer-reviewed manuscripts publicly accessible as a condition of funding. Failure to meet these requirements could affect researchers’ awards now and in the future.

Public Access Service staff are available to answer your questions regarding federal public access requirements and help you to ensure compliance with current policies. In addition, we offer one-on-one consultations, policy workshops, and assistance submitting manuscripts to single or multiple agencies.

News & Updates

March 26, 2018

NSF Public Access Expansion

Beginning on March 26, 2018, NSF authors who are jointly funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE) can retrieve previously submitted final manuscripts from the DOE system and pull them into NSF-PAR to meet NSF’s Public Access requirement. When an author indicates they have deposited a record into the DOE E-Link system and a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) match is found, the system will upload it to NSF-PAR for submission. The uploaded record will also be linked automatically to the project report associated with the award. This integration will only be available for jointly-funded publications by NSF and DOE, but future efforts will engage additional agencies.

Additional information is available on the “About Public Access” page and in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (NSF 18-041) on the website.

For IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or Policy-related questions should be directed to

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