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OSA system tracks government-funded research

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The Optical Society (OSA) has launched a new service that enables easy reporting of funding sources for scholarly research articles. The FundRef service from CrossRef enables authors to specify the funding agency of their research and allows agencies to track adherence to their policies. Publishers are also able to analyze the sources of funding for their published content.

This service was implemented in response to the need for stakeholder access to this data. Another factor was participation in CHORUS, a large group of scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishers working together to provide federal agencies with a cost-free solution to comply with the US Office of Science & Technology Policy open-access guidelines issued earlier this year.

The registry includes 4000 standardized funder names as well as tools for depositing and sharing funding information. Authors can select the corresponding capital agency and provide grant numbers when submitting their papers to OSA journals. Once published, the paper’s funding information is indexed into the FundRef system and becomes searchable through CrossRef.

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Oct 2013

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