The Department of Energy (DOE) is partnering to accelerate public access to scientific publications via its DOE PAGES(Beta) portal. http://t.osti.gov/34o
Through the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), DOE and its predecessor agencies have been providing public access to research since 1947. This has meant keeping up with and implementing radically changing technology across decades. This has meant partnering with stakeholders. And this has meant having a modern, robust infrastructure in place to work with DOE researchers and grantees to efficiently collect all forms of scientific and technical information (STI). Indeed, DOE PAGES(Beta) builds on the long-established DOE Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP), a collaboration of STI managers and technical information officers from across the DOE complex responsible for identifying, collecting, archiving, and making accessible the results of DOE-funded R&D. Ensuring public access to journal literature is simply an extension of what we do best.
To pave the way for more seamless access to DOE-sponsored journal articles and accepted manuscripts, OSTI has collaborated with CHORUS, the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States, a consortium of publishers working to facilitate access to scholarly publications consistent with recent government mandates. The publishers now signed on as CHORUS members and committed to enhancing public access comprise the vast majority of those who publish DOE-sponsored research.
Recently, DOE signed an agreement with CHORUS describing the actions each will take to ensure greater public access and fulfill OSTP requirements. CHORUS and the CrossRef infrastructure will supply an ongoing feed of DOE-affiliated journal article metadata and links to full-text articles on publisher websites, a very useful complement to DOE’s well-established infrastructure for capturing and making available its research results. Formalizing this collaboration can only propel our acquisition process leading to more comprehensive coverage of the landscape of articles.