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AAU Statement on OSTP Decision to Make Federally Funded Research Publicly Available

AAU released the following statement in response to today’s announcement from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy regarding new policy guidance that will require the results of federally funded research to be available to the public immediately, with no waiting period, and free of charge:  

“AAU has always been a strong proponent of making federally funded studies publicly available. We also were strong proponents of the previous 12-month embargo period for making publications accessible when the policy was originally announced in 2013. The announcement today by OSTP represents an important step forward in further advancing public access. We are currently reviewing the announcement to determine what specific implications it has for our institutions and their faculty members.”

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