Impact of the 2022 OSTP memo: The current state of U.S. federally funded research and how universities can prepare for a more open future

Sponsored by Dimensions
Recorded on 04/06/2023

Posted in Open Access and Open Educational Resources

What does the OSTP memo mean for U.S. institutions and the future of published research moving forward?


In August 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memo regarding public access to scientific research that eliminated the 12-month embargo period on publications federally funded by the U.S. What does this mean for U.S. institutions and the future of published research moving forward?

Eric Schares, Engineering & Collection Analysis Librarian at Iowa State University, shares his recently published study on the characteristics of U.S. federally funded research over a 5-year period from 2017-2021 using Dimensions. Attendees will leave with a more informed picture of the state of federally funded research in the U.S., examples of how to run a similar analysis on their own institution using bibliographic tools like Dimensions, and actionable steps for assessing impact of the OSTP memo on collection development policies and supporting services for researchers.


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    Eric Schares

    Engineering & Collection Analysis LibrarianIowa State University

    Eric Schares is the Engineering & Collection Analysis Librarian at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He works to analyze Iowa State’s publishing trends and move collection money away from subscription paywalls and toward more Open publishing models. He also serves as liaison to three engineering departments. Eric’s research interests include scientometrics, Python, Open Access publishing, LaTeX, and apple trees, and his work has appeared in journals such as Quantitative Science Studies, the Serials Librarian, and the Journal of Applied Physics. Eric holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MLIS from Rutgers University. Prior to his current role at Iowa State, he worked at Intel for 10 years on NAND flash memory.

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    Shannon O’Reilly

    Product Specialist – Altmetric & DimensionsDigital Science

    Shannon O’Reilly is a Lead Product Specialist for Altmetric and Dimensions at Digital Science, supporting researchers and institutions in the US, Canada, and Latin America. She has over 10 years of experience working in scholarly publishing and alongside academic institutions. Shannon is passionate about helping broaden and deepen the understanding of research’s value for people and communities through the use of comprehensive tools and solutions that go beyond traditional bibliometrics. Previously, she was the Digital Publishing & Rights Manager for Georgetown University Press and served as the Senior Global Outreach Manager for ACS Publications. Shannon holds a MPS in Publishing from The George Washington University.

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