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National Science Foundation (NSF) Access Policy: Introduction

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Quick Summary

What is it?

The NSF now requires that those receiving research grant funding from the NSF take steps to make their publications and research data publicly accessible. Here's link to the policy:http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15052/nsf15052.pdf

When?

Publications: Effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.

Data:  Effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.

How?

Publication manuscripts will be submitted through the NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PAR), developed from the Dept of Energy's PAGES system (NOT in an institutional repository such as Georgia Tech's SMARTech); the Data Management Plan (DMP) should include a repository where the data will be deposited (SMARTech may be an option for data in some cases, details here

Why?

This plan was developed in response to the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) February 22, 2013 memorandum, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research."

 

For more information, see the NSF public access FAQ page

So what do I really have to do?

DATA

- Include a Data Management Plan (DMP) in the grant proposal, which names an open access repository where the data will be deposited by the researcher.

PUBLICATIONS (Journal articles, conference proceedings articles)

- Submit the Author Manuscript version of any research publications which result from NSF funding to the NSF-PAR system. Submissions go through research.gov. The NSF has posted information and tutorials for submission here.

 


 

Any questions?

If you have any questions about complying with a federal publication policy, please contact Fred Rascoe. If you have any questions about complying with a federal research data policy, please contact Susan Parham.

If you have any questions about your grant proposal, your award, your funding agency, or other logistical questions, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs.