The United States has recently announced an updated policy guidance on open access stating that all US federal agencies must, by the end of 2025, put in place policies and plans so anyone anywhere can immediately and freely access the peer-reviewed publications and data arising from research they fund.

Because the United States is the world’s biggest research funder, the change is a boost for the growing open access (OA) movement to make scientific research publicly available. This follows on from Plan S, a charge towards zero-embargo OA, led by European funders which was implemented in 2021.

For further information on this move, see here.