Public Access Mandates-Scholarly Communications - Carnegie Mellon University

Public Access Mandates

In keeping with a worldwide trend, the United States government is increasingly requiring public (open) access to government information and publications and data arising from federally funded research.  The mandates acknowledge privacy and confidentiality concerns and call for compliance within existing legal constraints on the sharing of information.  Institutions receiving federal grants are responsible for complying with federal mandates.  Non-compliance may impact receipt of future grants.

In addition to U.S. federal public access mandates, authors need to be aware of mandates imposed by overseas funders, philanthropic foundations, and academic institutions.  The number of public access mandates has been increasing steadily for years.

Graph of increased adoption of public access mandates

Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP)
Growth Chart for Green Open Access [self-archiving] Mandates by Funders and Institutions