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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Does the U.S. Dept. of Education have an OA policy?

Stuart Shieber, Institute of Education Sciences has an open access policy, The Occasional Pamphlet, June 24, 2009.

I havenít seen it discussed anywhere, but it seems that the Institute of Education Sciences in the [U.S.] Department of Education is now requiring its funded research be made openly available through the ERIC repository. The policy looks analogous to that of the NIH. The pertinent clause from the current IES Request for Applications is:

Recipients of awards are expected to publish or otherwise make publicly available the results of the work supported through this program. Institute-funded investigators should submit final, peer-reviewed manuscripts resulting from research supported in whole or in part by the Institute to the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) upon acceptance for publication. An authorís final manuscript is defined as the final version accepted for journal publication, and includes all graphics and supplemental materials that are associated with the article. The Institute will make the manuscript available to the public through ERIC no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. Institutions and investigators are responsible for ensuring that any publishing or copyright agreements concerning submitted articles fully comply with this requirement. ...
Comment. My title for this post is perhaps too timid. The question seems to be not whether the Institute has an OA policy, but when and how it was adopted and how it will be implemented.

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