NASA recently announced that any published research funded by the space agency will now be available at no cost, launching a new public web portal that anybody can access.
The free online archive comes in response to an updated NASA policy, which requires that any NASA-funded research articles in peer-reviewed journals be publicly accessible within one year of publication.
"At NASA, we are celebrating this opportunity to extend access to our extensive portfolio of scientific and technical publications," said NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman. "Through open access and innovation we invite the global community to join us in exploring Earth, air, and space."
The database is called PubSpace, and the public can access NASA-funded research articles in it by searching for whatever they're interested in, or by just browsing all the NASA-funded papers.
"Making our research data easier to access will greatly magnify the impact of our research," said NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan. "As scientists and engineers, we work by building upon a foundation laid by others."
At latest check, there are over 1,000 research articles in the database, and you can expect that number to keep rising as NASA-funded researchers get on board with the new policy.
As you'd expect, there's an enormous spread of research already on offer, ranging from exercise routines to maintain health during long-duration space missions, to the prospects for life on Titan, and the risk of miscarriage for flight attendants exposed to cosmic radiation.
All of this is now free for researchers or anybody with an interest in science to check out and download – a welcome change from when much of the content was locked behind a paywall.
But not all NASA-funded research can be found in the archive. As the space agency indicates, patents and material governed by personal privacy, proprietary, or security laws are exempt from having to be included in PubSpace.
NASA's move comes in response to a 2013 request from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which directed major science-funding agencies to come up with ways of increasing access to the results of publicly funded research.
It also follows a growing general trend towards more openness in science research and academia more broadly.
With frustration stemming over the commercial control wielded by the companies who own most academic publishing, some researchers are bypassing established journals altogether by uploading their work directly to the internet.
Others are illegally sharing scientific papers online in a dramatic bid to spread knowledge. At the same time, there are calls in Europe to make all published science funded by the public free.
The same logic is what's behind NASA's new portal – but even the space agency itself could benefit from the initiative, which will help it keep track of all the research it's funding more easily.
"This'll be the first time that NASA's had all of their publications in one place, so we estimate what our publication rate is for the agency, but this will actually be able to tell us what it is," NASA Deputy Chief Scientist Gale Allen told Samantha Ehlinger at FedScoop.
"And we'll be able to show even further what we're doing with taxpayer dollars."
NASA Research Papers – Major Achievements To Keep In Mind
When you are working on NASA research papers, it can be difficult to narrow down the types of information that you are expected to include in the assignment. There are so many accomplishments and groundbreaking elements of the topic that it could take forever to create a pointed topic for a NASA research paper. While it may be difficult to complete, it still has to be done. Therefore, it would be helpful to utilize the tactic of starting with an extremely narrow list of the top and most major achievements of the organization, and then expand on your subject matter once you know the must have information that you are definitely going to include.
If you do not start with a narrowed down list of the major achievements for the NASA research papers, you will find yourself wading through a plethora of various topics of information with out the ability to create a pointed thesis statement. Some of the major achievements that you can keep in mind include:
- Opening the organization in 1958
- The American Explorer 1 Mission
- The Hubble Telescope
- The Chandra X-ray Observatory
- The Pioneer 10 Spacecraft
- The Apollo 13
- The Space Shuttle Columbia
- The Expedition One
- The Sojourner Rover
- The Freedom 7 Mission
These are the top ten achievements since the beginning of the organization’s operations. If you are writing a paper on NASA then this is a great place to start. You will be able to look at these great achievements and decide what topics are compelling to you. Chances are that if the information is compelling to you, then it is also going to be interesting to others. By choosing a subject matter that is compelling and interesting to you, you are more likely to stay engaged in the writing process of the paper’s requirements.
There are a ton of various important elements that are specific to writing a research paper. Some of the most important elements of writing a research paper include the fact that you are going to have to:
- Find the information to support your argument from other sources
- The sources that you use to support your argument will have to be credible and come from a reliable place
- Although there is a lot of information on the internet, you will not be able to use them if the information is not reliable
- You will have to give credit to the sources that you select for use in the supporting of your argument