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Public access is an effort to make publications resulting from federally funded research available to the public.

What is Public Access

Public access is an effort to make publications resulting from federally funded research available to the public. In most cases, this means that copies of published articles are deposited into a designated repository and made publicly available within 12 months of the date of publication. Public access differs from open access in that copies of the articles are held by the funding organization rather than the publisher making the article accessible.

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"Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research"

In February of 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a memorandum on "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research." This memo asked that "each Federal agency with over $100 million in annual conduct of research and development expenditures to develop a plan to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the Federal Government . . . This includes any results published in peer-reviewed scholarly publications that are based on research that directly arises from Federal funds" 

As of June 2016, 16 agencies have published plans in line with the OSTP memo.

Public Access Policies

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Department of Agriculture

PubAg January 1, 2016 Open Government at USDA
Department of Defense Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) database Late 2016 Department of Defense Plan to Establish Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research
Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) and Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES) October 2014 DOE Public Access Plan
Department of Health & Human Services PubMed Central January 2016 (tentative) HHS Public Access
Administration for Community Living PubMed Central October 1, 2016 Administration for Community Living (ACL) Public Access Plan
Agency for Health Research & Quality PubMed Central December 2014 AHRQ Public Access to Federally Funded Research
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response PubMed Central October 1, 2015 ASPR Public Access Plan
Centers for Disease Control PubMed Central July 2013 CDC Plan for Increasing Access to Scientific Publications and Digital Scientific Data Generated with CDC Funding
Food & Drug Administration PubMed Central October 1, 2015 Public Access to Results of FDA-Funded Scientific Research
National Institutes of Health PubMed Central April 7, 2008 NIH Public Access Policy
Department of Transportation National Transportation Library December 31, 2015 Official DOT Public Access Plan
Department of Veterans Affairs PubMed Central February 1, 2015 VA Public Access
National Aeronautics and Space Administration PubMed Central 2015 NASA Plan: Increasing Access to the Results of Scientific Research
National Institute of Standards & Technology PubMed Central October 2015 (intramural), October 2016 (extramural) Open Data at NIST
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA Institutional Repository 2016 Q1 (intramural), 2016 Q2 (extramural) NOAA Plan for Increasing Public Access to Research Results
National Science Foundation NSF Public Access Repository January 2016 Public Access to Results of NSF-Funded Research
Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Research Online October 1, 2015 Smithsonian Institution: Plan for Increased Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research
U.S. Geological Survey USGS Publications Warehouse October 1, 2016 Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research at the U.S. Geological Survey​