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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: NOAA

Publications Implementation: Q1 2016 for intramural publications. Q2 2016 for extramural publications.

Data Implementation: Q1 2016 for intramural data. Q2 2016 for extramural data.


Compliance Monitoring: NOAA

Extramural research: For extramural grant-funded research results, the Grants Management Division shall be responsible for collecting metrics on grantee compliance and determining whether investigators that do not comply shall be prohibited from receiving future funding or otherwise sanctioned.

Intramural research: For NOAA research results produced internally or via contracts, enforcement of the provisions of the Plan shall be the responsibility of NOAA Programs for the research results they produce or fund. Performance Plans of relevant Program Managers, or their designees, shall be revised as necessary to explicitly assign responsibility and to enable enforcement as part of annual performance reviews.

Additional compliance monitoring: For research results funded by one NOAA operating unit but produced by another unit (such that there is not direct supervisory control by the funder), the Program Manager (or designee) of the unit providing the funding shall be responsible for collecting metrics on compliance with data accessibility and final manuscript submission by funding recipients, and for determining whether investigators who do not comply shall be prohibited from future funding or otherwise sanctioned.


Publication and Data Repositories: NOAA

Publication Repository: Grantees shall be required to submit a digital copy of final pre-publication manuscripts to the NOAA Institutional Repository once accepted for publication and the final pre-publication copy is available.

Data Repository: NOAA Data Centers, including the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) and the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC).

  • NOAA will leverage existing Data Centers and will not create new ones as part of this Plan.



What is the embargo period for publications and datasets?

12 months for publications.

  • In the case of articles published by limited-access journals, NOAA will require an embargo period of no more than 12 months prior to free public access, consistent with guidance from OSTP.


Where can I find the full Public Access Policy?

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

Yes. NOAA’s plan ensures that all extramural researchers receiving Federal grants and contracts for scientific research and intramural researchers develop data management plans describing how they will provide for long-term preservation of, and access to, scientific data in digital formats resulting from federally funded research, or explain why long-term preservation and access cannot be justified.


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

The Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS), proposed by a consortium of publishers including most of the major journals, has stated it will provide free access, possibly after embargo, to articles directly from the publishers' own systems. This method could provide access to the as-published version of the article. However, the NOAA Institutional Repository will ensure public accessibility and archiving of at least the final manuscript in the event CHORUS is not adopted by the journals in which NOAA staff publish.