MIT Libraries launch “Public Access QuickSubmit”

Form helps DOE-funded researchers comply with public access requirements for articles

federal-funder-logosThe Libraries has launched a “quicksubmit” web form to help DOE-funded MIT authors comply with research funder public access requirements for articles. We built the form in response to the Department of Energy’s public access plan, released in 2014, which requires researchers to submit accepted manuscripts reporting on DOE-funded work to an open access repository like DSpace@MIT.

Here’s how QuickSubmit works:

  • Log in to the form using your MIT credentials
  • Click “Submit a paper” at the top.
  • Enter a paper title, publication date (or estimated date), and one or more funder. Journal name and DOI are optional fields.
  • Upload your accepted manuscript. (This is the post-peer reviewed version, not the final published version.)
  • Within a day or so, you will receive a persistent URL for the article in DSpace, which you can send to the DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information along with other information about you publication.
  • A publicly accessible record of the paper will appear in DSpace, but the article itself will be embargoed for up to 12 months after publication, depending on the publisher’s policy and the applicability of the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.

The DOE and about a dozen other federal agencies have released public access plans in response to a 2013 White House directive that required large federal agencies (and their funded researchers) to make articles and data from funded research openly available within a year of publication. The idea is to ensure that “the direct results of federally funded scientific research are made available to and useful for the public, industry, and the scientific community.”

For assistance in creating your data management plan, or any aspect of complying with the data requirement, contact the Libraries’ data management team at

Learn more about the DOE’s and other federal funders’ public access plans and how to comply with them.

Questions? Contact us: