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Public/Open Access

Public access, a requirement that certain federally funded research results (i.e., peer-reviewed publications and data) be made freely available after a given embargo period, is intended to accelerate scientific discovery and improve education. In 2013, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum directing federal agencies with over $100 million in annual R&D expenditures to develop and implement public access plans.

AAU works with its member institutions and other associations to monitor federal public access policies and evaluate issues relating to opportunities and challenges for universities as they move to comply with and implement these new federal requirements. AAU also engages in discussions of policy and best practices relating to open access, which refers to the growing practice of making scholarly works available digitally, online, free of charge, and without most copyright and licensing restrictions. As part of this work, AAU is partnering with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of University Presses (AUPreses) on the TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem) initiative to accelerate dissemination of scholarship in the humanities and humanistic social sciences through open access editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited monographs.”

AAU, APLU, and COGR submitted comments in response to the Request for Information (RFI) on implementing National Science Foundation’s Public Access Plan 2.0: Ensuring Open, Immediate, and Equitable Access to National Science Foundation Funded Research.
AAU joined an ACE-led letter along with 16 other higher education organizations offering strong support regarding the Federal Trade Commission's (FCC) NPRM on "Safeguarding and Securing the Open Internet," and for an open and free Internet.
In an effort to align academic and society-level discussions on public access to research data, AAU and APLU cohosted a workshop with American Geophysical Union (AGU) -- Public Access to Research Data: The Role of Universities and Disciplinary Societies.
AAU has joined the League of European Research Universities, the Canadian U15, the United Kingdom’s Russell Group, the Japanese Research University 11, the German U15, and the Australian Group of Eight in signing on to the Leiden Principles on the role of research-intensive universities as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The current Guide to Accelerate Public Access to Research Data builds on many prior efforts and is consistent with national and global open science efforts as well as international declarations, such as the Sorbonne declaration on research data rights.
Join AAU and APLU for a series of conversations with campuses that are advancing public access to research data. As a community, we will explore strategies that align with the recommendations in the Guide to Accelerate Public Access to Research Data.
AAU, APLU, AAMC, and COGR submitted joint comments to the EPA opposing the agency's proposed rule, Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, and supplemental information (SNPRM).
AAU, APLU, and COGR submitted comments in response to the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s recent request for information on “Public Access to Peer-Reviewed scholarly Publications, Data and Code Resulting from Federally Funded Research.”
AAU, APLU, and AAMC submitted comments to the Office of Science and Technology Policy to request a 30-day extension to the comment period for its request for information titled “Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code Resulting from Federally Funded Research.”
AAU joined APLU to submit comments to the NIH Office of Science Policy regarding their Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance.