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Public Access to NIST Research

Updated Public Access Plan 

Federal Register Notice 

The above-linked Public Access Plan, for which the public comment period closed on August 14, 2023, will be used to revise the existing NIST Policy for Providing Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research. Information on these webpages has not been updated to reflect changes that may be made once the plan is finalized.

NIST is committed to the idea that results of federally funded research are a valuable national resource and a strategic asset.  To the extent feasible and consistent with law, agency mission, resource constraints, and U.S. national, homeland, and economic security, NIST will promote the deposit of scientific data arising from unclassified research and programs, funded wholly or in part by NIST, except for Standard Reference Data, free of charge in publicly accessible databases.  Subject to the same conditions and constraints listed above, NIST also intends to make freely available to the public, in publicly accessible repositories, all peer-reviewed scholarly publications arising from unclassified research and programs funded wholly or in part by NIST. 
NIST publications can be located through the NIST website.  Peer-reviewed papers are deposited in PMC.  NIST Technical Series and publications that are not peer reviewed are available through govinfo.  Papers can also be located through along with other government papers.  NIST data can be located through the Science Data Portal on the NIST website and through, along with other government data.  Links to repositories containing NIST code, data, and publications are provided to the right.
NIST has established an embargo period of no more than 12 months post-publication for making peer-reviewed publications freely available through NIST’s repository on PMC.  Stakeholders may petition NIST’s Open Access Officer to change the embargo period in the following year for publications in a specified scientific field.  A petition must demonstrate that the existing embargo period for certain fields of scientific research does not provide a public benefit and is inconsistent with the objectives articulated in the OSTP Memo.  When considering changes to the embargo period, NIST will consult with other agencies that fund related areas of scientific research.   


CONTACT:  public-access [at] (public-access[at]nist[dot]gov)



Access NIST Research Results

Science Data Portal

Enterprise Data Inventory json file

Standard Reference Data

usnistgov on GitHub


NIST publications in PMC 

NIST publications in govinfo 


Created September 27, 2013, Updated August 15, 2023