Visible to the public Expanding Public Access to Results of Federally-Funded Research

Dear Colleagues:

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memo ( on the Administration's public access policy last Friday, Feb. 22, directing federal agencies to develop a plan to support increased public access of results from federally-funded research. This memo refers to both peer-reviewed publications and digital data.

Increased public access of publications and improved management of digital data will advance scientific discoveries and engineering innovations for our Nation; contribute to openness and transparency by expanding access to results of federally-funded research; and will drive our ability to make progress in areas of national priority.

As stated in the NSF press release (, also issued last Friday, the implementation details for public access could vary by discipline, and new business models for universities, libraries, publishers, and scholarly and professional societies could emerge.

NSF will solicit broad public input from all stakeholders as it develops its plans for implementation, which will be submitted to the White House within six months. We plan to work with the CISE community as we develop policies, procedures, and practices for public access.

We look forward to working with you to ensure the success of this effort in order to multiply the impact of our Nation's investments in research and education.




Farnam Jahanian
Assistant Director for CISE
National Science Foundation