Taylor & Francis has joined CHORUS, a publisher driven initiative aimed at ensuring compliance with U.S. public access mandates.
What is CHORUS?
CHORUS was born following the Office of Science and Technology’s (OSTP) 2013 memo around public access. This memo mandated federal research agencies with budgets of more than $100 million to develop ‘public access plans’ to ensure anyone can read outputs of research funded by those agencies, with allowable embargo periods, or delays after which point these outputs should be made freely available.
CHORUS was developed as one of a number of ways to assist agencies in complying with the OSTP memo (other possible solutions including expansion of the National Institutes of Health PubMed Central repository to host content from other agencies). The CHORUS infrastructure will link users to the “Best Available Version” of an article, hosted on the publisher’s website to ensure its long-term availability. This version will be made freely available for anyone to read (possibly after a delay or embargo period), and as such is likely to be the Accepted Manuscript version, which is the post peer review version of an article. As this version will be hosted on publisher sites (for example www.tandfonline.com) downloads will be included in usage statistics for articles and journals, helping to boost their profile. Additionally, CHORUS provides participating research agencies with dashboards to allow them to monitor the levels of compliance with their public access plan. CHORUS and its member publishers are committed to developing the necessary infrastructure to facilitate compliance.
What are the implications for me?
If your journal publishes content from authors funded by one of the U.S. research agencies participating in CHORUS, CHORUS and Taylor & Francis will ensure that those authors comply with relevant public access mandates without needing to go to any additional effort.