The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a request for information on the implications of open access to peer-reviewed publications and data resulting from federally funded research. The request is intended to follow up on a 2013 memorandum from OSTP titled Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research and a 2019 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) providing recommendations for increasing public access of unclassified published research.
OSTP is most interested in hearing perspectives on the following topics:
- The existing limitations of communicating research outputs and how to improve communications;
- The role of federal agencies in making federally funded research freely accessible and in engaging with other sectors to achieve these goals;
- The benefits towards American science and competitiveness that are provided by immediate access to federally funded research and potential challenges in those areas; and
- Any additional information relevant to Federal policy on public access to research.
OSTP will accept comments through March 16, 2020. Lisa Nichols, OSTP’s Assistant Director for Academic Engagement, is leading this effort and will be the featured presenter during COSSA’s members-only Headlines webchat on March 12. COSSA members can RSVP here.