NSF Submission Essentials

Source:  NSF’s Public Access Plan: Today’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries

Effective:   Peer-reviewed works derived from extramural research proposals submitted on/after January 25, 2016

Who Submits:   PI’s or co-PI’s (only)

What to Submit:  Final, peer-reviewed journal manuscript or juried conference paper accepted for publication. Versions of record may be submitted if author holds copyright (e.g., open access) or has permission.

Format:  PDF/A (see below)

Where to Submit:   research.gov

Repository:   NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PAR)

Embargo Period:   12 months post-publication

Notes:

  • Works must be submitted to the NSF-PAR by the time a project report is submitted, or they cannot be included in the report.
  • Principal investigators can submit manuscripts to NSF-PAR while compiling reports. Note: the submission-validation process can take up to six hours.
  • Successfully submitted manuscripts automatically appear in project reports.

Saving or Converting to a PDF/A

PDF/A is a specialized format used for archiving and the long-term preservation of electronic documents.

  • Word documents may be converted to the PDF/A format through the Save As function.
  • PDF documents may be converted to the PDF/A format in Adobe products depending on the application and/or version.

For assistance with Adobe products, please contact the DoIT Helpdesk.

Public Access Service staff are happy to convert documents on request.

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