Increased public access to US taxpayer funded research on the horizon

Half of taxpayer funded research will soon be available to the public

Similar to the National Institutes of Health open access policy that requires all the research they fund to be made publicly available within 12 months, other federal agencies in the US will soon require the research they fund to be made available open access.

"Deep inside the $1.1 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2014 is a provision that requires federal agencies under the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education portion of the bill with research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to the research that they fund within 12 months of publication in a peer-reviewed journal." (Source)

Similar changes are also being developed in Canada for research funded by SSHRC and NSERC. The feedback phase of the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy draft has been completed and a final version should be released in the fall of 2014. The University of Windsor is well positioned to support these changes through the Scholarship at UWindsor Institutional repository (IR). IRs have become the backbone of supporting open access to research at universities in North America and around the world. However, you don't have to wait for the Tri-Agency mandate to make any of your articles available open access in Scholarship at UWindsor. Our IR provides your work with excellent visibility in Google and Google Scholar along with monthly access reports with statistics about the use of your work. To have your work added to Scholarship at UWindsor or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (Dave Johnston) at djohnst@uwindsor.ca or your liaison librarian.

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