Last week, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released new guidance asking federal departments and agencies to update their policies and make future taxpayer-funded publications and research fully accessible — free of embargo or cost. These policies are to be developed by the agencies over the coming year and implemented by the end of 2025.
AIP Publishing welcomes the OSTP’s announcement and what it could mean for public access to research. The organization’s strong commitment to open science has been made evident through its continued progress in Open Access (OA) publications and policies.
For example, all AIP Publishing journals provide options for authors to publish their work open access with a CC-BY license. We also allow for the immediate deposition of Author Accepted Manuscripts in public repositories, require Data Availability Statements, and support our authors sharing and depositing their data. Further, through Read and Publish agreements with academic and research institutions across the field, we give researchers, faculty, and students at those institutions the opportunity to access and download subscribed content while also making accepted and published articles from authors affiliated with those institutions open access immediately without an additional article-processing charge.
AIP Publishing has also led a number of industry initiatives geared toward making content more accessible to researchers. On top of being a founding member of CHORUS, AIP Publishing is a supporting organization of both howcanishareit, the Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA), and the Initiative for Open Citations (I40C), among other OA-focused groups. We are also engaging in work that informs the rest of the field: Alongside the American Physical Society, IOP Publishing, and Optica Publishing Group, we recently released a study on the most significant barriers to OA publishing in the physical sciences.
The next chapter in open science is being written right now. Through partnership and coordination, we can develop effective implementation plans that lead to rapid progress in open access and open data. We look forward to working collaboratively with these agencies and stakeholders across the scholarly publishing ecosystem to establish solutions that benefit the researcher communities we serve.