A group of scientific publishers is collaborating to create a platform that will enable readers to access, free of charge, full-text versions of all peer-reviewed articles reporting the results of federally funded research. The Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS) is a public-private partnership of over 70 organizations, including the American Institute of Biological Sciences, which aims to increase public access to peer-reviewed publications resulting from federally funded research by building on the publishers’ existing infrastructure. The groups plan to launch a pilot platform by the end of September. The tool could also reduce the compliance burden for authors and funding agencies by integrating public access into the publishing process.

CHORUS will comply with the White House’s 2013 memo on public access while “building on publishers’ existing, proven infrastructure; avoiding duplication of effort; minimizing taxpayer cost; and ensuring the critical sustainability of the scholarly community system,” according to a statement from the backers of CHORUS.

22 August 2013 was the deadline for federal agencies to submit their plans for expanding public access to federally funded research to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Only agencies that fund over $100 million in extramural research annually are required to comply with the OSTP directive on open access. The agency plans are not expected to be made public at this time.


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