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2022 Updated OSTP Policy Guidance

Open Access   ·   Open Data

On August 25, 2022, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum on Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research that will make taxpayer-funded research immediately available for the public to freely access and fully use. This new guidance calls on all federal agencies to generate policies that eliminate the current 12-month waiting period for access to the outputs of federally funded research, including articles and data. 

The memorandum, issued by Dr. Alondra Nelson, underscores the critical role that openness plays in ensuring scientific research integrity, providing important new guidance for the use of digital personal identifiers and robust metadata accompanying articles and datasets. It also calls on agencies to ensure that their policies are updated to ensure equity in both the publishing of and access to the record of science – particularly for traditionally underserved communities, and researchers who are early in their careers. 

Full Text of the 2022 Memorandum: Ensuring Free, Immediate and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research

Full Text of the OSTP Blog Announcement: Breakthroughs for All: Delivering Equitable Access to Americas Research

Full Text of OSTP Report to Congress: Economic Landscape of Federal Public Access Policy

SPARC’s analysis of the updated OSTP guidance can be found here.

SPARC’s FAQ on the updated OSTP guidance can be found here.

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