Resource for Understanding, Comparing Federal Article Sharing Requirements

An integrated resource for tracking, comparing, and understanding U.S. federal agencies’ article and data sharing policies has been released by SPARC. This free tool combines a new analysis of federal public access plans for sharing peer-reviewed research articles with the federal data sharing policy resource that SPARC launched earlier this year in partnership with Johns Hopkins University Libraries. The resource is available at

This integrated policy resource can be used by researchers, librarians, policy makers, and other stakeholders to explore and compare agency requirements for sharing articles and data. The new article-sharing analysis provides a tool for tracking practical information that can be used by active or prospective grant awardees to understand when, how, and where they need to make their manuscripts accessible, including links to each agency’s submission portal. As with the data-sharing resource, it will be updated as additional federal agency plans are released and analyzed and as current plans are revised.

This resource is openly available at under a CC0 waiver. Additionally, the entire dataset of the policy analyses can be downloaded without restriction from the site under the same terms.

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