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Public Access

The Smithsonian Institution’s Plan for Increased Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research was developed based on the principles in the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s February 2013 memo calling for increased public access to publications and data resulting from federally funded research. The Smithsonian’s Public Access Plan is effective on October 1, 2015 and applies to manuscripts in all major Smithsonian research areas – science, history, art, and culture – that are subject to the plan and that are submitted to publishers on or after that date. The plan promotes the following objectives:

  • Reaffirm the Smithsonian’s commitment to increasing public access to federally funded research materials.
  • Support the governance of and best practices for managing federally funded research materials across the Smithsonian.
  • Ensure effective access to and reliable preservation of federally funded research materials for research, development, and education.
  • Preserve and increase the use of federally funded research materials to enhance discoveries.

Click to read the Smithsonian's Public Access Plan

Smithsonian staff: click to view a training seminar.
Updated July 2016

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