Saturday August 20, 2016

NASA Makes All Its Research Available Online For Free

Via PubSpace, you may now access over 800 NASA-funded research articles that include topics ranging from how tsunamis molded Mars’ shorelines to astronauts’ hair follicles. Naturally, topics that involve national security are exempt.

In 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy directed Nasa and other agencies to increase access to their research, which in the past was often available (if it was available online at all) only via a paywall. Now, it is Nasa policy that any research articles funded by the agency have to be posted on Pubspace within a year of publication. There are some exceptions, such as research that relates to national security. Nonetheless, there are currently a little over 850 articles available on the website with many more to come.