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Government - Journals - Advocacy - Research


Government strategies and policies for supporting data sharing and access.

Agency plans based on the OSTP memo (as of March 2, 2015)

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Department of Defense (DOD)

Department of Energy (DOE) 

PAGES - a web-based portal that will provide free public access to accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication

Data management plan requirements and guidance

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

FDA Transparency Initiative: Increasing Public Access to FDA's Compliance and Enforcement Data

Health and Human Services (HHS) Guiding Principles and Common Approach

HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Manuscript Submission for VA Investigators



Journals’ policies for making data available to readers.


  • The Need for Research Data Inventories and the Vision for SHARE (2014) Clifford Lynch writing in Information Standards Quartely on the need for appropriate stewardship of data from research.
  • RECODE: Policy RECommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe - project will leverage existing networks, communities and projects to address challenges within the open access and data dissemination and preservation sector and produce policy recommendations for open access to research data based on existing good practice.
  • Starting the Conversation: University-wide Research Data Management Policy (2013) – OCLC call for action report summarizing the benefits of systematic data management planning and identifies campus stakeholders and their concerns. This report is targeted for library directors and encourages them to proactively discuss data management and points to cover to get buy-in among campus stakeholders; covering points that need to be addressed and a checklist of issues.
  • Implementing an Open Data Policy (2013) – A primer developed by SPARC for research funders. Addresses key issues that these organizations encounter when considering the adoption and implementation of an open data policy.
  • SPARC FAQ for the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research – SPARC page with Frequently Asked Questions about the bipartisan bill, Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) that was introduced in Congress on February 14, 2013.
  • The Health Research Alliance (2013) – A group of critical, private research funders has moved quietly and steadily to make U.S. federal policies to ensure the results of scientific research are openly accessible online a reality. The Health Research Alliance, a group of 52 not-for-profit, nongovernmental funders of health research and training - including the American Cancer Society, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and Autism Speaks - has made provisions to encourage its members to implement strong policies to make articles that report on the research that they fund openly accessible online to the public.