For journal articles, OSTI also receives lots of metadata from national labs, but public access to the full text depends on individual journal publishers' business practices -- e.g., whether the journal is open access or subscription based. In the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, Congress tasked the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) with reviewing, evaluating, and proposing federal public access policies and practices for peer reviewed scholarly publications. A Public Access to Scholarly Publications (PASP) Task Force has been leading this effort on behalf of the NSTC, and a Request for Information (RFI) (i.e., an opportunity for stakeholder input) has just been announced by the White House seeking your input to the government's public access policy.
Responses to the RFI will be accepted through January 2, 2012, and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The RFI has 8 thought-provoking questions (many with "sub-questions"). Please consider answering as many as seem pertinent to your perspective. This is an opportunity to participate and help shape public access policy. Let your voice be heard!