NIH, NOAA, USDA release public access plans

New requirements for authors

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released their Public Access Plans in compliance with the White House Directive. The plans cover both publications and data.


  • Publications
    • NIH’s requirements remain unchanged, because the existing publications policy from 2008 meets the standards of the new White House Directive.
    • Peer reviewed manuscripts will still need to be shared in PubMed Central within 12 months of publication.
  • Data
    • Effective with the end of 2015, grants must include data management plans.
    • Scope: at a minimum, applies to data underlying any publication.


  • Publications
    • Takes effect second quarter of FY16 (i.e. Jan.-Mar. 2016).
    • Final peer reviewed manuscripts to be submitted to the NOAA repository for sharing within 12 months.
  • Data
    • Original policy issued 2011, updated in 2015.
    • Scope: all environmental data collected under research; data sharing is typically required within 2 years.


  • Publications
    • Effective Jan 1, 2016.
    • Final peer reviewed journal manuscripts must be submitted to the USDA archive “PubAg” to be shared within 12 months.
  • Data
    • All grants must include a data management plan.
    • Scope: All data, at minimum data underlying the conclusions of peer-reviewed scientific research publications.


The Libraries can help you comply with these new requirements:

If you have comments or questions, contact: