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Scholarly Publishing Roundtable Report: Executive Summary

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


An expert panel of librarians, library scientists, publishers, and university academic leaders recently called on federal agencies that fund research to develop and implement policies that ensure free public access to the results of the research they fund "as soon as possible after those results have been published in a peer-reviewed journal."

The Roundtable recommended the following:

  • Agencies should work in full and open consultation with all stakeholders, as well as with OSTP, to develop their public access policies.
  • Agencies should establish specific embargo periods between publication and public access.
  • Policies should be guided by the need to foster interoperability.
  • Every effort should be made to have the Version of Record as the version to which free access is provided.
  • Government agencies should extend the reach of their public access policies through voluntary collaborations with non-governmental stakeholders.
  • Policies should foster innovation in the research and educational use of scholarly publications.
  • Government public access policies should address the need to resolve the challenges of long-term digital
  • OSTP should establish a public access advisory committee to facilitate communication among government and nongovernment stakeholders.

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