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Publishing & Public Access

The Smithsonian Institution and its employees create a range of formal publications and other content about the Institution and its research, collections, and programs in different formats and through various media. Smithsonian increases access to scholarly content through these initiatives:


The Royal Society – Smithsonian Scholarly Press has entered into a one-year agreement with Royal Society Publishing for discounted article processing charges (i.e., a transformative agreement). Beginning November 1, 2022, current Smithsonian employees and fellows in good standing may be eligible for discounted fees for the following journals:

When submitting through Royal Society’s online submission system, the corresponding author will be required to provide their email, their Smithsonian mailing address, and a Smithsonian Ringgold ID. Click for more detail and publisher instructions for Royal Society’s open access journals and hybrid journals.


The Smithsonian’s “Plan for Increased Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research” is based on the principles outlined in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s 2013 memo. The plan applies to manuscripts in all major Smithsonian research areas – science, history, art, and culture – submitted for publication after October 1, 2015.

Resources for Smithsonian Employees – May require connection to the SI network.

Smithsonian Supplemental Terms May require connection to the SI network.

When completing a click license (e.g., during online submission to a journal), an SI employee must include Smithsonian Supplemental Terms with their manuscript. Download the appropriate version by publisher:

Check the “Signing Authority for Publishing Agreements” table, or review SD 806, for more detail.

View the webcast (February 6, 2020): Overview of SD 806, and presentation PowerPoint.