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Grantee and Contractor Requirements: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Institute of Education Sciences Policy Regarding Public Access to Research?
Beginning in FY 2012, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) requires its grantees and contractors to submit their peer-reviewed research publications to ERIC. Grantees and contractors are required to submit the electronic version of their final manuscripts upon acceptance for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or as a final deliverable by the Department. For more information, see the IES Policy Regarding Public Access to Researchand the video on the IES Public Access Policy.

How do I know if I have to submit work to ERIC? This flow chart should help with your decision:
Do you have a grant or contract awarded after September 2011? If no, submitting your work to ERIC is optional. If yes, is your work published by IES? If it is, IES will submit it to ERIC. If it is not, you must submit your final, peer-reviewed manuscript to ERIC.

Our organization produces materials (e.g., research reports) that are funded by the U.S. Department of Education. How should they be submitted to ERIC?
U.S. Department of Education grantees and contractors producing reports and related research published in fulfillment of work requirements should submit these materials to ERIC through our Online Submission System. Select 'Yes' to the question "Has your work been funded (in whole or in part) by a U.S. government research grant or contract?" Please also specify the funding source within the Department. This information may be used as an indexing aid and will not necessarily appear in the ERIC record.

What if my publisher does not give me permission to deposit my work in ERIC?
It is the grantee's/contractor's responsibility not to sign away the right to deposit their work in ERIC. Because submission in ERIC is a condition of award, this must be negotiated prior to being accepted for publication.

How can I get a waiver?
There are no waivers for this policy. Please contact your grant officer or contracting officer for any questions about the conditions of your award.

What is the final, peer-reviewed manuscript?
The author's final manuscript is defined as the final version accepted for journal publication, and includes all modifications from the peer review process. This is different from the journal version in that it may not have final formatting and editing.

The journal I am publishing in already is indexed in ERIC, do I still need to submit this work to ERIC?
Yes. In order to be in compliance with your grant or contract, you must submit your work to ERIC unless it was published by IES.

Do you have agreements with publishers to submit final, peer-reviewed manuscripts on the author's behalf?
ERIC does not currently have these agreements in place.

When do I need to submit my work to ERIC?
Grantees and contractors are required to submit their work to ERIC as soon as the article has been accepted for publication in a journal or accepted by the Department as a final deliverable.

When will my work be visible in ERIC?
The citation of your work will be available within 30-60 days of submitting work to ERIC. Then full text will be available after 12 months for journals. Contractor produced work will be available immediately.

Do all deliverables need to be submitted to ERIC?
If you produce work for IES that is peer-reviewed and not published by IES, then it should be submitted through the online submission system.

How will my work be displayed in ERIC?
Grant funded work will be displayed as a 'Grantee Submission' in ERIC. The citation will be available immediately and the full text will be displayed after a 12-month embargo. If the journal is indexed by ERIC, there will also be a journal citation for that article as well. For an example, see here.

Contractor funded work will be displayed by the contractor name as the source. This will be identified by the contract number entered in ERIC. For example, see here.

Is there general information I need to know for submitting my work to ERIC?
Please see the Online Submission FAQs for additional information on how to prepare your work for submission to ERIC. These FAQs provide important details about the data and abstract you should have on hand prior to using the Online Submission System.