DOT releases Public Access Plan

The Libraries can help you comply with new requirements

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The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released its Public Access Plan in compliance with the White House Directive. The plan takes effect at the end of this month and aims to increase public access to the publications and data arising from DOT-funded research. DOT provides a summary of how to comply, and here are the plan’s highlights:

DOT’s plan requires that authors make available final peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts of journal articles, as well as scientific research project written deliverables (e.g., technical or final reports). Authors must:

  • Report their planned research to TRB’s Research in Progress database
  • Make available publications (must be no later than 12 months following publication)
  • Submit publications to the DOT National Transportation Library (NTL) digital repository
  • Ensure rights under copyright are non-exclusively retained by DOT

The data requirement involves:

The Libraries can help you comply with these new requirements:

Comments or questions?
For publications: contact Ellen Finnie, program manager, Scholarly Publishing, Copyright, and Licensing, MIT Libraries
For data: contact the Libraries’ Data Management Services