Department of Defense (US)

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has issued a Public Access Plan designed to “to support increased public access to peer reviewed scholarly publications and digitally formatted scientific data arising from unclassified publicly releasable research and programs funded wholly or in part by the DoD.”

The plan applies to publicly releasable scholarly publications, accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal arising from any direct funding from a DoD grant, cooperative agreement, contract, intramural programme, or  clinical investigations from operations and maintenance appropriations.

Authors whose research results are subject to the DoD’s plan and who publish with Elsevier can comply with the plan by choosing either a green or gold route to open access publication.

Green open access (self-archive your draft copy after embargo period)

Both Intramural researchers (such as DoD employees) and extramural researchers will need to self-archive their Accepted Manuscript in the DoD public access archive system (DTIC), which will make the Accepted Manuscript accessible to the public after a 12-month embargo period.  

Elsevier will also make Accepted Manuscripts accessible to the public via the CHORUS service.    

Gold open access (immediate access to the final article)
I wish to publish my article open access which means the final published article will be available for free. I understand that an open access publication fee needs to be paid.

Elsevier also provides open access publishing options which enable authors to comply with the DoD public access plan. This is not required by DoD, but can be appealing to authors as it ensures the final version of their article is immediately available to everyone worldwide.

Both Intramural researchers (such as DoD employees) and extramural researchers will still need to self-archive their Accepted Manuscript in the DoD public access repository (ECMS), which will make the Accepted Manuscript accessible to the public after a 12-month embargo period.