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The NIST Plan for Providing Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research



Katherine E. Sharpless, Regina L. Avila, Ronald F. Boisvert, A Kirk Dohne, James Fowler, Rachel B. Glenn, Gretchen Greene, Robert Hanisch, Andrea Medina-Smith, Alan Munter, Julie Petrousky, Yuri Ralchenko, Carolyn D. Rowland, James A. St Pierre, Adam Wunderlich, Jon Zhang


In 2013 White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memo, "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research." In response, he National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed a public access plan and published a compilation of input received when the plan was posted for comment. NIST policy and associated directives were developed from the plan, and NIST has been operating under that policy since 2015. In 2022, OSTP issued another memo, "Ensuring Immediate, Free, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research." NIST has expanded the original plan to include requirements of this new memo. The plan was posted for public comment, which ended on August 14, 2023. This document is a collection of the plan, the Federal Register Notice, and comments received. Comments will inform the policy and associated directives that are being developed from the revised plan.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8084e2023
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Office of Science and Technology Policy, OSTP, open access to research, public access, public access plan, research results


Sharpless, K. , Avila, R. , Boisvert, R. , Dohne, A. , Fowler, J. , Glenn, R. , Greene, G. , Hanisch, R. , Medina-Smith, A. , Munter, A. , Petrousky, J. , Ralchenko, Y. , Rowland, C. , St Pierre, J. , Wunderlich, A. and Zhang, J. (2023), The NIST Plan for Providing Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed May 21, 2024)


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Created October 2, 2023