Fancy some super nerdy bedtime reading? NASA has announced that it will now provide public access to all journal articles on research funded by the agency.
By Victoria Turk | MOTHERBOARD
Any scientists publishing NASA-funded work will be required to upload their papers to a free, online database called PubSpace within a year of publication.
PubSpace is managed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) PubMed Central, which archives biomedical research. You can see NASA-funded studies here, with recent examples including a paper on cardiovascular disease in Apollo astronauts and one on Martian tsunamis caused by meteor impacts.
NASA explains that the new web portal is a response to a 2013 government request for federally-funded research to be more accessible. There are a few obvious exceptions to what’s included, such as and material that’s related to national security or affected by export controls.
NASA’s openness follows a trend to make science results more accessible outside of published, often paywalled journals.