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Short Titles as Introduced

Public Access to Public Science Act

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Official Title as Introduced

To ensure public access to published materials concerning scientific research and development activities funded by Federal science agencies.

Actions Overview (1)

03/18/2015Introduced in House

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08/18/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Research and Technology.
Action By: Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
03/18/2015Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Action By: House of Representatives
03/18/2015Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]* 03/18/2015

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Science, Space, and Technology03/18/2015 Referred to
House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology08/18/2015 Referred to

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Subjects (7)

  • Administrative law and regulatory procedures
  • Department of Commerce
  • Government information and archives
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • Research administration and funding

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Introduced in House (03/18/2015)

Public Access to Public Science Act

Directs each of the covered agencies (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA], National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and National Weather Service) to formulate and implement a public access policy to make covered works publicly available, without charge, starting on the day after the end of an embargo period.

Defines: (1) "covered work" as any research results published in a peer-reviewed scholarly publication based on research funded in whole or in part by a covered agency, with certain exceptions; and (2) "embargo period" as up to 12 months after the initial date of publication of a covered work, unless extended, pursuant to a stakeholder's petition, by the covered agency after determining that the public interest will be substantially and uniquely harmed under the agency's public access policy.

Requires the public access policy to: (1) allow the public to read, download, and analyze by machine covered works in digital form; (2) facilitate easy public search of, analysis of, and access to covered works; (3) encourage public-private collaboration to maximize interoperability between public and private platforms, avoid unnecessary duplication of existing mechanisms, and maximize the impact of the covered agency's research investment; (4) ensure that attribution to authors, journals, and original publishers is maintained; and (5) ensure that publications and metadata are stored in an accessible archive.

Requires a covered agency's public access policy to ensure full public access to metadata of covered works, without charge, beginning when the covered work is first published.