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Public Access to Results of NSF-funded Research

March 25th, 2015 by Mary Wood


Today’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has developed a plan outlining a framework for activities to increase public access to scientific publications and digital scientific data resulting from research the foundation funds. The plan is consistent with the objectives set forth in the Office of Science and Technology Policy‘s Feb. 22, 2013, memorandum, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research,” and with long-standing policies encouraging data sharing and communication of research results.

As outlined in section 3.1 of the plan, NSF will require that either the version of record or the final accepted manuscript in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions must:

: Be deposited in a public access compliant repository designated by NSF;

: Be available for download, reading and analysis free of charge no later than 12 months after initial publication;

: Possess a minimum set of machine-readable metadata elements in a metadata record to be made available free of charge upon initial publication;

: Be managed to ensure long-term preservation; and

: Be reported in annual and final reports during the period of the award with a persistent identifier that provides links to the full text of the publication as well as other metadata elements.

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NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing

September 7th, 2014 by Amy Studer

Image of Genomic Data Sharing Policy logo

On August 26, 2014, the National Institutes of Health has issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy “to promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures that improve health while protecting the privacy of research participants.”(NIH, August 27, 2014)

According to a post in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “The data-sharing policy, which will take effect with grants awarded in January, will give agency-financed researchers six months to load any genomic data they collect—from human or nonhuman subjects—into a government-established database or a recognized alternative.” (Basken, August 28, 2014)

References and Additional Information:

Basken, P. (August 28, 2014). NIH Tells Genomic Researchers: ‘You Must Share Data.’ The Chronicle of Higher Education. Accessed September 7, 2014, from

National Institutes of Health Genomic Data Sharing Governance Committee. (2014). Data use under the NIH GWAS Data Sharing Policy and future directions. Nature Genetics, 46(9), 934-938. doi: 10.1038/ng.3062. Retrieved September 7, 2014, from

U.S. National Institutes of Health. (2014). Genomic data sharing. Accessed September 7, 2014, from

U.S. National Institutes of Health. (August 27, 2014). NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy (NOT-OD-14-124). Accessed September 7, 2014, from

U.S. National Institutes of Health. (August 27, 2014). NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing. NIH News & Events Blog. Accessed September 7, 2014, from


PeerJ: Free submission until Jan 1, 2014

December 2nd, 2013 by Amy Studer
PeerJ has announced that authors can now publish their work in PeerJ, entirely for free, through end-2013.
” We are pleased to announce that from now through the end of 2013, any article that is submitted to PeerJ PrePrints (including any articles which have already been submitted there) can go on to be published in PeerJ (the journal) entirely for free (assuming it passes peer review and assuming you initiate the PeerJ submission process before Jan 1st 2014). “

ASAP: Accelerating Science Award Program

October 23rd, 2013 by Amy Studer

Teaching Open Source Practices, Version 4.0 (high res)


Accelerating Sciences Award Program (ASAP) Recipients were honored at the

2013 International Open Access Week launch event at The World Bank

ASAP Recipients are acknowledged “for solving real world challenges, either by reusing previously published open access research, or by creating a new repository of freely available research data to assist current and future collaborative research projects.”

Major ASAP sponsors include Google, PLoS, and Wellcome Trust.

Source:  ASAP

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