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Federal Agency Public Access Compliance

A Research Guide summarizing the Federal public access policies resulting from the US Office of Science and Technology Policy memorandum of February 2013.

Implementation Timeline: DOE

Publications Implementation: October 2014

Starting October 1, 2014, the DOE will begin to include requirements for the submission of accepted manuscripts and publication metadata in award agreements. 

Data Implementation: October 2014 for Office of Science funding. October 2015 for other DOE offices and elements.

Starting October 1, 2014, data management plan requirements will be included in all invitations and solicitation for research funding issued by the Office of Science. Other DOE Offices and elements will implement data management plan requirements no later than October 1, 2015. The result will be a Department-wide policy.


Compliance Monitoring: DOE

Publications compliance:

FundRef will be the primary tool for identifying the full universe of accepted manuscripts that PAGES should contain for a given year

  • FundRef, a publisher-agency collaboration to add funding agency identifiers to manuscript/article metadata, will facilitate the tracking of publications resulting from DOE funding and therefore assist DOE in assessing and addressing any gaps in the PAGES repository.
  • For the participating publishers in the Clearinghouse for Open Research of the United States (CHORUS), the FundRef tool will serve to identify any articles not properly represented and available through PAGES. 

Data sharing compliance:

The DMP is part of the overall research proposal and, as such, it is expected that researchers will follow, to the best of their ability, the proposed research and associated data management plan. Failure to do so will negatively influence future funding opportunities. Furthermore, current oversight of grants and other financial assistance allows for withholding or adjustment of funds at the end of each performance period. Further input from the research communities will be solicited through Federal Advisory Committees and during workshops sponsored by the agency to assess the impact of the proposed DMP requirements and ensure compliance with agreed DMPs.

Additional compliance monitoring:

On a daily basis, DOE will perform random sampling of PAGES content to monitor individual content holders, publishers for articles and laboratories or institutions for manuscripts, for compliance with applicable standards. In cases where externally held content does not meet these standards, DOE will instead link to corresponding content held in its dark archive of accepted manuscripts. 


Publication and Data Repositories: DOE

Publication Repository: Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES) will act as a portal for metadata, abstracts and links to either the version of record on the publisher's website or the accepted manuscript hosted in an institutional repository. In cases where the full text is not publicly accessible through publisher or institutional repositories, the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) will host the accepted manuscript, submitted by the author, available through PAGES.

Data Repository:  Open Energy Information Platform (OpenEI) for limited restricted data. Subject matter specific repositories are recommended, such as  BioEnergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF) and the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS).

  • The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will include detailed requirements to ensure specific research data are submitted to the Open Energy Information Platform (OpenEI), a centralized and secure resource for publicly accessible energy data managed by the National Renewable 6 “Open Data Policy—Managing Information as an Asset” (M-13-13) accompanying Executive Order ”Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information” 11 Energy Laboratory (NREL).
  • All publicly accessible data on OpenEI will be integrated into the Department of Energy’s Enterprise Data Inventory and its Public Data Listing, which can be found on The Public Data Listing is a machine readable file that is routinely harvested and populates the main data catalog at This Data Listing is expected to be part of the comprehensive public listing of agency data that is required by the 2013 May 9 Executive Order and OMB Memorandum M-13-13.
  • This integration will include use of the Project Open Data metadata schema to describe each dataset supporting broader use and understanding of information in private or non-profit sectors.
  • Limited restricted data may be deposited in OpenEI for more appropriate sharing with the option of making these data publicly available once the associated research findings have been published or any sensitive data are released from moratorium.
  • EERE will provide guidance about data management best practices in the form of a high level template DMP to include direction on leveraging subject matter specific repositories such as BioEnergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF) and the National Geothermal Data System (NGDS). 



What is the embargo period for publications and datasets?

12 months for publications. During an “administrative interval” of up to twelve months, PAGES will not provide access to full-text manuscripts. During this time, metadata including links to the publishers’ version of record (VoR) will be discoverable through the PAGES search interface and via PAGES application programming interfaces (APIs). After one year, PAGES will link to a full text version of the accepted manuscript and then link to the publisher’s VoR when and if it becomes available.

Where can I find the full Public Access Policy?

Does this agency require a data management plan (DMP)?

Yes. To integrate data management planning into the overall research plan, the DOE will ensure that all research proposals selected for funding include a Data Management Plan (DMP).

The merits of the DMPs will be evaluated. This evaluation will take into account the relative values of long-term preservation and access and the associated cost and administrative burden. Additional requirements and review criteria for the DMP may be identified by the sponsoring Office, program, subprogram, or in the solicitation.

How do I comply with the public access policy and submit a publication?

To ensure long-term preservation and access, all DOE-funded authors will be required to submit accepted manuscript metadata to OSTI along with a document or link to a publicly accessible, full text version of the accepted manuscript available on an institutional repository.

The Department proposes to host a portal, PAGES, which will provide metadata and abstracts for publications resulting from DOE funding. In cases where the publisher’s VoR is publicly available, PAGES will direct the user to this VoR with a direct link to the publisher’s website. In cases where the publisher does not provide public access, PAGES will direct the reader to the accepted manuscript hosted in an institutional repository (e.g. at a national laboratory or grantee institution) with a link provided by the author. In cases where the full text is not publicly accessible through publisher or institutional repositories, OSTI will host the accepted manuscript, submitted by the author, available through PAGES.