The US government will make all research it funds open access as soon as it is published – OSnews

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Many federal policy changes are well known before they are announced. In-speech hints, leaks and early access to reporters from major publications all pave the way for possible confirmation. But on Thursday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) dropped a big one that seemed to surprise everyone. Beginning in 2026, any scientific publication that receives federal funding will be required to be openly accessible on the day of publication.

The move has the potential to further shake up the scholarly publishing industry, which has already embraced preprint archives, similar mandates from other funding bodies, and dramatically expanded access to publications during the pandemic.

Aaron Schwartz died trying to make that happen.

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