Public Access to NIST Research

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 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.   

Links to NIST Directives related to public access


The NIST Plan for Providing Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research was replaced by the directives above.  The Plan and comments that were received in response to the Federal Register Notice announcing its availability for public comment, Docket Number 150414364-5364-01 are provided in NISTIR 8084.

Link to Copyright, Fair Use, and Licensing Statements

Additional Resources

NIST Publications

NIST Standard Reference Data

NIST publications in PMC 

NIST publications in govinfo

NIST Public Data Listing (json) with the checksum (.sha256)


NIST Submissions to the Department of Commerce's Open Government Plan

Created September 27, 2013, Updated July 19, 2018