Public Access Expansion and PMC

Last month marked the third anniversary of the White House’s Office of Science and
Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum directing Federal agencies with more than $100 million
in annual research and development (R&D) expenditures to develop plans for increasing
public access to the results of the research they support, including scholarly publications.
As a result of this directive, in 2015, PMC started providing support as a public access
repository for funding agencies beyond the National
Institutes of Health
(NIH) and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

As of March 2015, the following additional agencies are using the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system to facilitate
the deposit in PMC of peer-reviewed manuscripts that fall under their public access

  • Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ/HHS)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC/HHS),
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA/HHS),
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Additionally, the following additional HHS and other federal agencies have announced public
access plans and committed to using PMC as the repository for agency-funded

  • Administration for Community Living (ACL/HHS)
  • Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR/HHS)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

PMC will continue to update the list of participating funding agencies at Public Access and PMC as these agencies begin implementation of
their policies.

More information about the current status of public access expansion as a result of the
OSTP memo can be found on the White House blog.


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