Public Access Requirements for Federally Funded Research

As of October 1, 2015, Smithsonian employees who author journal articles and book chapters, and any related datasets, that are accepted for publication and originate from research that is partially or totally funded with Smithsonian’s Federal appropriation is subject to the Smithsonian’s Public Access Plan. Smithsonian Scholarly Press (SISP) and Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) are committed to helping researchers comply and will do most of the heavy lifting for you.

If the following are all true, you will need to create a public access ticket:

  • You are a Smithsonian employee.
  • You received a publishing contract that requires a signature (e.g. a PDF).
  • Your manuscript will be published as a journal article or book chapter.
  • The publisher is not offering a royalty or other monetary payment.

The form (Internal SI access only) lets SISP collect important publication metadata, your accepted manuscript, and the publisher agreement (contract) for review, negotiation, and authorized signature.

More detailed information about the Public Access program, as well as relevant documents for download, can be found at the Publishing and Public Access page.

If you still have questions, contact the public access team.

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