Nature - The US government said that publications from taxpayer-funded research should be made free to read after a year’s delay – expanding a policy which until now has only applied to biomedical science.
In a memo, John Holdren, the director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, told federal agencies to prepare plans to make their research results free to read within 12 months after publication.
“The Obama Administration is committed to the proposition that
citizens deserve easy access to the results of scientific research their
tax dollars have paid for,” the memo says. The OSTP also tells agencies
to maximise public access to non-classified scientific data from
research they fund.
The policy applies to all federal agencies that spend more than $100
million on research and development, and is likely to double the number
of articles made public each year. The US National Institutes of Health
has since 2008 required research to be publicly accessible after 12
months. ”This new policy call does not insist that every agency copy the
NIH approach exactly, [but] it does ensure that similar policies will
appear across government,” Holdren wrote today in a separate response to a petition
that had been launched in May 2012, urging the president to require
free access to scientific journal articles from publicly-funded
research. (That has gathered some 64,000 signatures.)