NEWS: HHS releases public access plans for science funding agencies

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released implementation plans for sharing publications and data from research funded by five major agencies within the department. The plans build on the policy laid out in a 2013 White House memorandum, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research” (PDF, 53KB).

The plans are for the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) and the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The plans are expected to go into effect by the end of 2015.

The department also released a document describing guiding principles underlying the agencies’ plans.

In general, the agencies’ plans require that funded researchers make public the accepted manuscripts of articles within 12 months of publication, using PubMed Central. The agencies’ plans for sharing of data are not as fully developed, although researchers will be required to develop their own data sharing plans.

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition has provided an overview and analysis of the plans. Earlier, the Association of American Publishers issued a statement regarding the AHRQ implementation plan and related plans for NASA and the Department of Agriculture.

SAGE Research Methods Online

SAGE Research Methods and Cases Online
Provides an overview of research methods (quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods) across the social and behavioral sciences. Includes SAGE book and reference material on research methods, and editorially selected material from SAGE journals. Also includes a searchable collection of case studies of real social research, commissioned and designed to help users understand abstract methodological concepts in practice.

GIS Services in the Library

Geospatial Data & GIS Services: Geospatial Data & GIS Services provided by University Libraries includes workshops, resources and personal assistance to students and faculty.

The library collects data sets from government and commercial sources such as ESRI.  The library has also partnerships with local governments to make GIS data sets available to the Mason community. Users can download individual data layers of our local GIS data and other purchased datasets through the Library Geodata Web Server. 

We also offer a series of GIS workshops from Introduction to GIS to Data Mining skills each semester.  Please see the complete workshop list and take advantages of this offer including the tutorials related to the workshops.

If you need research consulations related to geospatial and GIS technology and any other statistical data,  please make an appointment in advance. See the contact information and our GIS service policy.


Environmental Studies in Video

Environmental Studies in Video will contain 500 hours of film covering all realms of environmental studies, particularly ethics, policy, economics, law, sociology, planning, and environmental science. The collection addresses specific topics including alternative energy, pollution control, eco-design, sustainability, farming and agriculture, the food industry, LEED certification, waste issues, and climate change.

BrowZine for Your Phone

George Mason University Libraries puts the best research at your fingertips and now a new application called BrowZine allows you to…

  • Browse much of the online journal collection;
  • Read and monitor many of Mason’s scholarly journals;
  • Receive content in a format optimized for your iPhone, iPad, Android and other tablets.

Browzine brings journal content together from multiple publishers and platforms, both open-access and subscribed, into a single place where you can save your favorite journals, view the tables of contents, and read or save articles as new issues are released.

Items found in BrowZine can easily be synced up with Zotero, Mendeley, RefWorks, Dropbox or several other services to help keep all of your information together in one place. The list of currently supported publishers is growing.

How do I get BrowZine?

BrowZine is available from Apple App StoreGoogle Play Store, and Amazon Kindle App Store. It’s a free download, but make sure to choose “George Mason University” from the list of libraries so you have access to the journals we subscribe to.

BrowZine for iPhone

BrowZine for Android

Open Access Publishing Fund

The University Libraries offers financial support to eligible members of the Mason community to offset the costs of publishing in scholarly open access (OA) journals that charge author fees. Complete and submit the Open Access Publishing Fund (OAP Fund) application on the University Libraries’ website to apply for funds.  Contact Claudia Holland ( with any questions.

Scholarly Communication    Learn more about Open ScholarshipCopyright, and Author Rights.

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Most read articles in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment:


Food for Thought at Fenwick: Welcome Graduate Students!

Welcome to the University Libraries!

Mason graduate students are cordially invited to meet subject librarians and other research specialists at our Food for Thought at Fenwick Graduate Students Open House. You can get an overview of key research resources, services and tools, tour Fenwick Library, and enjoy a free boxed lunch supper. (Limited supply. Don’t miss out!) Discover what the University Libraries have for you – and your success at Mason.

  • Fenwick Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • September 3
  • 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Food For Thought

CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) Data

This data set is available through the Libraries’ Data & GIS department.

CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) Academic Community Supported Data Package.  Location:  Data Services Workstation Left
Carbon Disclosure Project. 2003 – 2013.

CDP’s public data on self reported climate change, water and forest-risk data.  The purpose of this data set is for academic research only.  Data used to compile the CDP Program Reports.  Data are in Excel format.