John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued a memorandum on February 22nd calling for federally funded research to be made publicly available within a year after publication. Typically, the results of public financed research are published in scientific journals that demand a pay-wall to access. The goal of the new policy is to enable broad public access to scientific results. Federal agencies that exceed public financing of $100 million a year for research will be required to abide by this new policy and provide public access to the research data. Within the next six months, these agencies will submit their plans for how they will provide research results to the public.
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