NASA has just announced that any published research funded by the space agency will now be available for free by launching a new public web portal, which anyone can access.
A free online archive comes in response to NASA’s new policy, which requires that any scientific articles sponsored by NASA in peer-reviewed journals be publicly available within one year of publication.
At NASA, we note this opportunity to expand access to our extensive portfolio of scientific and technical publications, said NASA Administrator Dava Newman. Thanks to open access and innovation, we invite the global community to join us in the study of the Earth, air and space.
The database is called PubSpace, and the public can access scientific articles funded by NASA in search of what they are interested in, or simply view all the NASA-funded documents.
As it became known, NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan, making our research data easier for access, will significantly increase the impact of our research. As scientists and engineers, we work on the foundation laid by others.
Currently, the database contains about 861 research articles, and you can expect that this number will continue to grow, as researchers funded by NASA are boarded with a new policy.
As might be expected, a large number of studies have already been proposed, ranging from physical exercises to maintain health during long space flights, to life prospects on Titan and the risk of miscarriage for flight attendants exposed to cosmic radiation.
All of this is now free for researchers or anyone who is interested in science to check and download a welcome change when most of the content has been blocked for a paid line.
But not all research funded by NASA can be found in the archive. As pointed out by the space agency, patents and materials governed by personal rights, property rights or security laws are not subject to inclusion in PubSpace.
The NASA movement occurs in response to a request by the government of the White House on Science and Technology Policy from 2013, in which the main scientific institutions that finance science come up with ways to increase access to research results funded from the state budget.
This also follows the growing general trend towards greater openness in scientific research and academia in a broader sense. With the frustrations associated with commercial control by companies that own most academic publications, some researchers bypassing existing journals generally upload their work directly to the Internet.
Others illegally share scientific articles on the Internet in a dramatic application for the dissemination of knowledge. At the same time, there are calls in Europe for all published publicly funded research to be free of charge.
The same logic is what is behind the new NASA portal, but even the space organization itself can benefit from this initiative, which will help it to track all research related to its funding more easily.
This will be the first time that NASA will have all of its publications in one place, so we estimate what our publication speed for the agency is, but it really can tell us what it is. NASA Deputy Chief Scientist Gail Allen told Samantha Elinger on FedScoop. And it’s good to be able to show even further what was done with the taxpayer dollars.