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Public Access Policies: Other Federal Agencies

This guide provides basic information regarding the public access policies of U.S. federal agencies.

CDC Public Access Policy

The CDC has released their plan for establishing their policy for public access to scientific publications and digital data that arise form CDC funding.

Based on the CDC Plan:

  • The CDC Public Access Policy requires funded authors to submit their final peer-reviewed accepted manuscript to the National Institutes of Health Manuscript Submission system (NIHMS). NIHMS will facilitate submission of the works to PubMed Central and the CDC Stacks.
  • The CDC plans to update its CDC Data Policy and will require CDC-funded researchers to make the data underlying conclusions of their peer-reviewed research publications freely available in public repositories. The CDC also plans to provide more specific guidance for determining what data to share, taking into account concerns about privacy, confidentiality, proprietary interests, and other factors. 

Effective Date

The CDC Funded Publications Policy is applicable to peer-reviewed publications published after July 15, 2013

Submission Methods

A CDC-funded author must submit an electronic version of the author's manuscript to the National Institutes of Health Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS) upon acceptance for publication.  

For additional information on using NIHMS, please see the following:

Manuscript Version Required

The manuscript version required is the final, peer-reviewed accepted manuscript.  This manuscript is the version of the article that has been accepted for publication and includes all changes made by the author during the peer-review process.   It does not include the publisher's formatting.

Embargo Period

For the CDC, the maximum allowed embargo period is 12 months from date of publication.

Repository

For peer-reviewed manuscripts, the CDC will use its CDC Stacks digital repository system.  Publications will also be hosted in PubMed Central (PMC).

The repository for research data has not yet been determined.  This guide will be updated when new information is provided by CDC.