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Federal Agencies Public Access Policies

This guide is intended for use by the researchers at Rutgers University. It covers an overview and requirements of the policy, addressing copyright issues, submission methods, citing PMCID, and how to manage compliance.

Introduction to the 2022 OSTP Memo (aka: The Nelson Memo)

On August 25, 2022,  Dr. Alondra Nelson from the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum (now also known as the Nelson Memo) on “Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research” to update the 2013 OSTP memorandum on Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research.

This  2022 OSTP memo provides policy guidance to federal agencies with research and development expenditures on updating their public access policies. In this memo, OSTP recommends the federal agencies to update their public access policies as soon as possible, and no later than December 31, 2025, to make publications and their supporting data resulting from federally funded research publicly accessible without an embargo. For more information on the memo, please view the complete 2022 OSTP Memo or the Nelson Memo.


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