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Open Access

A guide to learn about open access scholarship and the Open Access movement

Public Access Mandates

More and more public and private funding groups are instituting open access mandates that require funded research to be made freely available online

For U.S. governmental agencies, these mandates stem from the 2013 White House policy guidance and the 2022 White House policy update requiring articles and data from agencies spending over $100 million a year on research be made freely available on the open web. Similar mandates can be found in other national governments (the U.K.'s mandate is a good example), as well as among many private fundersWhile some of these mandates only require public access to published articles, many require public access to both articles and underlying data sets.

If you have received funding from governmental or other grant agency for your research, you may be required to make your research publication and data publicly available in an approved repository, such as the NYU Faculty Digital Archive.

The following tools can help you learn more about public and private mandates:

Here at NYU, members of library staff are available to assist you in navigating federal funder requirements for the publication of your research:

  • Publication - April Hathcock, Director of Scholarly Communications and Information Policy
  • Data - Vicky Rampin, Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility, and Nick Wolf, Research Data Management Librarian

For specific information about NIH and NSF policies, please visit the NIH Public Access Policy guide and the NSF Public Access Policy guide, by Hope Lappen.