Department of Defense (DoD)

Policy overview

  • Complete DoD policy [PDF]
  • Publications:
    • Applicable content: Agency-funded, peer-reviewed publications arising from unclassified, publicly releasable research
    • Article version to submit: Final, peer-reviewed manuscript* (or publisher copy, with permission)
    • Designated repository: DOD Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC); articles are made publicly available through DoD Public Access Search.
  • Research data:
    • Data management plan required.**
    • Data underlying the conclusions of peer-reviewed articles will be made freely available at the time of initial publication
    • Goal for data is to implement a decentralized approach for storing data in public repositories, with a centralized data catalog/locator at DTIC to consolidate the metadata for compliance, measurement, and discovery.

Key dates

  • Anticipated implementation date: 2016

Additional resources

* The “final, peer-reviewed manuscript” is the version that includes all modifications resulting from the peer review process, but before the publisher formats or copy edits the manuscript.

**To learn more about developing a data management plan, please see the DMPTool (Rice is a member) or contact the Office of Proposal Development at

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