Public Access Requirements for Federally Funded Research

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

The form (Internal SI access only) will help you determine if your publication must comply and will allow you to submit all the needed publication metadata to get the process started.

If your publication is subject to the Public Access Plan, SISP will review the publisher agreement (contract) for compliance and sign it for you.

More detailed information about the requirement and the process can be found in the Quick Reference Guide (pdf) including:

  • the importance of publisher agreements in implementation of the Plan on p.21
  • how to determine if your publication is subject to the Plan using the flowchart on pp.18-19 
  • compete overview of the process on pp.22-23
  • the FAQ on pp.14-17

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

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