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August 13, 2014

Energy Department Increases Access to Energy-Department-Funded Scientific Research

The Energy Department on August 4 announced that it is introducing new measures to increase access to scholarly publications and digital data resulting from Department-funded research. The Energy Department's Office of Science has launched the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES), a web-based portal that will provide free public access to accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication.

As it grows in content, PAGES will include access to Energy Department-funded authors’ accepted manuscripts hosted primarily by the Energy Department’s national laboratories and grantee institutions, in addition to the public access offerings of publishers. For publisher-hosted content, the Department is collaborating with the publisher consortium CHORUS ( the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States).

PAGES contains an initial collection of accepted manuscripts and journal articles as a demonstration of its functionality and eventual expanded content. Additional metadata and links to articles and accepted manuscripts will be added as they are submitted, with anticipated growth of 20,000 to 30,000 articles and manuscripts annually.

The Energy Department’s Office of Science also has issued new requirements regarding management of digital research data by Office of Science-supported researchers. All proposals for research funding submitted to the Office of Science will be required to include a Data Management Plan that describes whether and how the digital research data generated in the course of the proposed research will be shared and preserved. The new requirements regarding management of digital research data will appear in funding solicitations and invitations issued by the Office of Science beginning Oct. 1, 2014. See the Energy Department news release.