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U.S. agencies fall in line on public access

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Science  10 Apr 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6231, pp. 167
DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6231.167

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Last month, the National Science Foundation unveiled a plan to require its grantees to make their peer-reviewed research papers freely available to the public within 12 months of publication. The agency's move meant that six federal agencies that provide the bulk of the nation's basic research funding now have public access policies required by a 2013 White House order. The mandate, which applies to federal agencies that spend more than $100 million a year on research and development, will eventually make hundreds of thousands of papers once hidden behind paywalls available to anyone with an Internet connection. Science took a look at the details of the policies.