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Through this policy, IES requires grantees, beginning with those funded in FY 2012 grant competitions, to submit their peer-reviewed scholarly publications to ERIC. Researchers receiving grants prior to FY 2012 are encouraged, but not required, to submit publications from IES-funded grants to ERIC.

Investigators are to submit the electronic version of their final manuscripts upon acceptance for publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly publication to ERIC, a publically accessible and searchable electronic database of education research that makes available full text documents to the public for free. The author's final manuscript is defined as the final version accepted for publication, and includes all modifications from the peer review process. Posting for public accessibility through ERIC is strongly encouraged as soon as possible but must be within 12 months of the publisher's official date of final publication.

This requirement applies to all research activities supported through IES research and training grant awards, cooperative agreements, and contracts. The requirement applies to peer-reviewed, original scholarly publications that have been supported, in whole or in part, with direct costs from IES, but it does not apply to book chapters, editorials, reviews, or conference proceedings. Publications resulting from IES contracts are already widely available through the IES website and through ERIC.

ERIC is a publicly accessible and searchable electronic database of education research that makes available full-text documents to the public for free. The ERIC database is available on the Internet at The system will collect certain identifying information, including title, authors, publication date, journal title, and associated IES award number(s). The system will also ask submitters to review and acknowledge the terms and conditions of their submission. Authors and/or their institutions should ensure that their ERIC submissions are consistent with any other agreements, including copyright assignments that they may have, or enter into, with publishers or other third parties.


IES Policy Regarding Public Access to Research

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