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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.


The Public Access Policies: Other Federal Agencies guide provides policy information and compliance details for non-NIH federal agencies wtih public access policies. Each agency has its own tab.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memo in February 2013 that directed agencies with $100 million or more in annual R&D spending to make plans to provide the public access to results of federally funded research. The plans cover peer-reviewed research publications and digital data sets. 

  • This guide focuses on peer-reviewed research publications. 
  • For information on the digital data sets, see: Data Management and Sharing


For information on the NIH Public Access Policy, see: NIH Public Access Policy

For information on the policies of other funding organizations, see: Public Access Policies:  Foundations, Charities and Organizations.


Please note: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued another memo in August 2022 recommending agencies with R&D spending update their public access plans as soon as possible and no later than December 2025. We will update these guides as updated policies become available.

Glossary of Terms

Embargo Period

The time before an article will be freely available to the public is typically called the embargo period.


Final peer-reviewed accepted manuscript

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.