Comprehensive Data Management Planning & Services

Department of Defense Releases a Draft Plan for Public Access to Research Output

In February 2015, the Department of Defense released a draft plan that addresses compliance with the 2013 Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP) memorandum on providing greater public access to federally funded research. This document is a draft and will undergo a public comment period and further revisions, and Heather Joseph of SPARC notes that these policies may not be settled until 2016. The highlights of this draft plan include:

  • Utilization of the DoD's existing Defense Technical Information (DTIC) repository to provide access to articles after a maximum 12 month embargo;
  • Requirement of a Data Management Plan for grant applicants seeking funding;
  • Intention to default to an policy where data is open unless compelling circumstances indicate otherwise; and
  • Mechanisms to ensure compliance for the new policies.

The full text of the draft plan is available at and a summary prepared by Heather Joseph of the Association of Research Library’s Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (ARL SPARC) is available at