The National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Public Access policy is intended to expand public access to the results of its funded research. It requires researchers to submit publications resulting from NSF funds to the NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PAR).
All researchers publishing peer-reviewed journal articles and juried conference papers, based wholly or partially on NSF support, must deposit either the version of record (the published work) or the final manuscripts, after peer review, to the NSF-PAR within 12 months of publication.
The NSF Public Access policy applies to NSF-funded works appearing in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and in juried conference proceedings or transactions. Other works are not subject to this policy.
The NSF has a long-standing commitment to clear and open communication of research results, which is central to fulfilling its primary mission of promoting the progress of science, advancing the frontiers of knowledge, and helping to ensure the nation’s future prosperity. In addition, scientists, researchers, educators, and students can better reap the benefits of papers arising from NSF funding by accessing them via the NSF-PAR at no charge.
For assistance navigating the NSF Public Access requirements, contact your subject specialist librarian.