NASA Requires You To Pay To See Mars Curiosity Results (update)

Keith's note: NASA has spent $2 billion on Curiosity. But NASA allows researchers to post the research results - results paid for by taxpayers - behind a paywall at Science. You have to pay twice if you want to see what has been discovered. Too bad NASA is not interested in following OSTP guidelines on Open Data, Transparency, etc.

Keith's update: Note: the papers from the 24 January issue of Science are now also online here at JPL (some are listed as being from 9 Dec 2013) with the warning "This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only.". With two exceptions, if you go to Science magazine (see links below) which is what all the public statements would prompt you to do, Science still requires payment in order to read the articles.

This posting of the papers at is a good step forward, but NASA really doesn't tell you that the papers are even online at Nothing in the website menu leads you to think they are online and nothing is included in press releases. There is another list of other papers but all of them require steep fees in order to read in full.

If only NASA made ALL of the research it conducts with taxpayer funds openly available, and then prominently featured these papers so as to overtly tell people that these papers are online, then the agency would see the greatest possible use of these discoveries.

- Ancient Aqueous Environments at Endeavour Crater, Mars (text available for free)
- Habitability, Taphonomy, and the Search for Organic Carbon on Mars (text available for free
- In Situ Radiometric and Exposure Age Dating of the Martian Surface (payment required for access)
- Volatile and Organic Compositions of Sedimentary Rocks in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars (payment required for access)
- Mars' Surface Radiation Environment Measured with the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity Rover (payment required for access)
- Elemental Geochemistry of Sedimentary Rocks at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars (payment required for access)
- Mineralogy of a Mudstone at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars (payment required for access)
- A Habitable Fluvio-Lacustrine Environment at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars (payment required for access)

Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research, OSTP

"The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hereby directs each Federal agency with over $100 million in annual conduct of research and development expenditures to develop a plan to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the Federal Government. This includes any results published in peer-reviewed scholarly publications that are based on research that directly arises from Federal funds, as defined in relevant OMB circulars (e.g., A-21 and A-11)."

- NASA Hides Science Behind Paywalls, earlier post
- NASA paywalls first papers arising from Curiosity rover, I am setting them free, Michael Eisen, earlier post

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