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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.

 

 

AAU and APLU released a report that details actions universities and federal agencies can take to advance timely access to data from federally-sponsored research.
AAU and APLU released a report that details actions universities and federal agencies can take to ensure public access to federally-sponsored research data. 
AAU, APLU, AUTM, and COGR, write to comment on changes recently proposed by the Department of Education that would require recipients of grant funding from the Department to openly license all copyrightable intellectual property to the public (RIN 1894-AA07; Docket ID ED-2015-OS-0105).
Memo from Senior Research Officers at AAU and APLU regarding University Compliance with Federal Public Access Policies.
AAU and APLU write to congratulate Senators John Cornyn and Ron Wyden on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee’s unanimous approval yesterday of S. 779, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR). 
AAU and APLU write to Representatives Sensenbrenner and Johnson to express their strong support for the goals of H.R. 1426, the Public Access to Public Science (PAPS) Act, which would make articles resulting from federally funded scientific research freely available online.
AAU and APLU write to congratulate Senators John Cornyn and Ron Wyden on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee’s unanimous approval yesterday of S. 779, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR). 
AAU and APLU write to Representatives Doyle, Lofgren, and Yoder to express their strong support for the goals of H.R. 1477, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR).
AAU and APLU write to Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Johnson on behalf of their member universities specifically concerning Section 302, Public Access to Research Articles and Data, of the “Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technologies (FIRST) Act” discussion draft.
Comments on OSTP Memorandum, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research,” May 14, 2013.