Skip to main content

Full Library Hours
Available Equipment
Contact Us

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: USDA

Publications Implementation: January 2016

  • The policy will be in effect on January 1, 2016. Implementation will be prospective. Extramural projects with previously established USDA funding instruments lacking a public access requirement are exempt unless amended, but are encouraged to follow the policy.  

Data Implementation: 2016 (TBD)


Compliance Monitoring: USDA

Notes regarding compliance:

  • Post award compliance mechanisms will be perfected and added to award terms and conditions sometime in 2018.
  • USDA will ensure new awards to researchers are not made unless the researcher has successfully satisfied all terms of completed previous awards from USDA, including making digital data produced in the course of previous USDA-funded research freely available in compliance with the relevant data management plans for the previous awards.


Publication and Data Repositories: USDA

Publication Repository: PugAg (in beta)

  • A beta version of the PubAg system has been developed and became publicly available October 1, 2014.
  • The current PubAg system supports the submission of articles from authors, data management, article indexing, search and discovery of articles, and preservation mechanisms.

Data Repository: USDA repository development in progress.



What is the embargo period for publications and datasets?

12 months for publications.


Where can I find the full Public Access Policy?

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

Yes.  Extramural research program requests for applications will begin to require data management plans as a part of new proposals; similarly, new intramural research studies will require data management plans. Data management plans for extramural research will be evaluated as a part of grant applications and periodically verified as part of reporting.


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

Scientists will need to learn how to submit scholarly publications and relevant metadata to the PubAg system. Details will be provided when available.