USAID Signs Participation Agreement with CHORUS

CHORUS has announced an agreement with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand public access to the results of its funded research.

USAID’s public access plan was released in in November 2016 and is designed to ensure effective access to and reliable preservation of both peer-reviewed scholarly publications and digital data produced through research funded wholly or in part by USAID.

Readers searching USAID’s public access portal will be able to follow links that point to open access articles/accepted manuscripts in the context of the journal where they were published. CHORUS dashboards and reports will facilitate monitoring of access to articles and data reporting on research funded by USAID. USAID will employ CHORUS’ services to advance access enable agency indexing and long-term preservation of those articles.

“CHORUS is pleased to add USAID to our growing list of agency participants,” said Howard Ratner, Executive Director of CHORUS. “We look forward to partnering with USAID to help them with their public access goals.” CHORUS now has agreements in place with ten global funding agencies.

CHORUS’ interoperable, distributed approach knits together existing tools, services, and infrastructure to facilitate sustainable public access, sharing, discoverability, reporting, and preservation of content reporting on funded research. CHORUS’ open API (application programming interface) enables funders and others to develop their own search functionality tapping into its data identifying articles associated with funding agencies and invites innovators to develop new tools and functionality that further support discovery and public access.

For more information about USAID’s Public Access goals, visit


CHORUS is creating a future where the output flowing from funded research is easily and permanently discoverable, accessible and verifiable by anyone in the world. By providing the necessary metadata infrastructure and governance to enable a smooth, low-friction interface between funders, authors, institutions and publishers in a distributed network environment, CHORUS can minimize public access compliance burdens while increasing access to literature and data in support of funder mandates worldwide.


USAID leads international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance. Additional information on USAID and its research may be found on

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