Are PDFs of research journal articles submitted to the NTL under the DOT Public Access Plan available to the public?

Are research journal articles submitted to the NTL under the DOT Public Access Plan available to the public? 


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The US DOT Public Access Plan already takes into account the needs of journals and publishers.

  • The plan requires that researchers submit to NTL the “final peer-reviewed manuscript accepted for publication, any intramural technical or final reports, and any scientific research project written deliverable (e.g., technical/final reports) that arises from extramural research funded, either fully or partially, by federal funds awarded through a DOT-managed contract, grant, or other agreement.”
    • In the case of papers submitted to peer-reviewed journals, this means researchers should send to NTL the very last, proof-read and corrected document, sent to the Publisher prior to publication.
    • Please DO NOT send to NTL a PDF of the paper as it is laid out by the journal.
    • When negotiating with journals, DOT researchers and employees should be careful not to give away DOT’s copyrights, as noted here: https://ntl.bts.gov/public-access/managing-rights
  • Researchers may request an embargo, of up to 12 months from the date of journal publication, as detailed on the “How to request an embargo” page at https://ntl.bts.gov/public-access/how-request-embargo.

 

 

 

 

  • Last Updated Sep 21, 2021
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  • Answered By Charlotte Gavin

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  1. Thank you for the Information.
    by TakeoffProjects on Jul 27, 2021

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