Answered By: Caltech Research Librarians
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2023     Views: 38

Library Support for OSTP Nelson Memo


General Requirements - to be implemented by all government agencies by January 2026

  1. Persistent digital identifiers for:
    1. Journal articles (DOIs provided by publisher)
    2. Data sets associated with articles (DOIs provided by data repository, such as CaltechDATA)
    3. People / authors on grants and publications (ORCID profiles)
  2. Immediate (upon publication) public access to publications and data
    1. Accepted, peer-reviewed versions of publications
    2. Data associated with manuscripts

“Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research”: 

SciENcv Requirement for NSF Grant Applications - *October 23, 2023*

As of October 23, 2023, NSF will require all senior personnel on new grant applications to use the SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) format to complete the Biographical Sketch section of the application.


NSF Biographical Sketch Requirements:

Setting up an ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) profile will allow researchers to (a) comply with the personal digital identifier requirement and (b) use their ORCID to populate their SciENcv. ORCID can be configured to automatically add articles published with the identifier, meaning SciENcv would always be up to date. (This is recommended, but not required.)



Funding Agencies and Affiliated Repositories

  1. NIH - PubMed Central:
    1. Current Public Access Policy: 
    2. Current Submission Policy:
  2. NSF - Public Access Repository (PAR):
  3. DOE - Public Access Gateway for Energy & Science (PAGES):
  4. NASA - Science & Technical Information (STI) Repository:
    1. Current Public Access & Submission Policy:
  5. NOAA - NOAA Institutional Repository:
  6. USGS - USGS Publications Warehouse: 
    1. Current Public Access Policy: 
  7. DOD and ODNI/IARPA - PubDefense:  

This list will be updated as more agencies develop their repositories.


Library Services

  1. General Grant Support: 
    1. ORCID, collaborator reports, data management, SciENcv
  2. ORCID Support - 
    1. Identity management
    2. Compliance
  3. Publish manuscripts Open Access (OA) for free or at a discount through the Caltech Library’s agreements with several publishers:
  4. Consultations with Librarians to help determine appropriate manuscript version to submit and submission process:
    1. Contact your Subject Librarian: 
    2. Email
  5. CaltechAUTHORS can track open access status, personal and document identifiers, and other needed metadata:
  6. CaltechDATA can provide storage, manage public access, assign DOIs, and other services:
  7. Consultations with Librarians for guidance on general data management and preservation, Data Management & Sharing Plans (DMSP’s), and more: 


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