Date of this Version
This P&P is an update of a previous version dated March 10, 1998. This P&P outlines revised responsibilities of the ARS author, Research Leader (RL), and other ARS officials. The most salient features of the new P&P are that the manuscript approval authority and associated responsibilities are delegated to the RL. ARS Form 115 (ARS-115) is revised accordingly (see Exhibit 1). Among the essential RL responsibilities are to determine the need and method for manuscript peer review, approve the technical and interpretive content of the manuscript, notify upper management about manuscripts containing prominent issues, obtain proper clearance/approval from upper management on research findings from dual use projects, enter ARS-115 electronically in ARIS, and ensure the ARS-115 is reviewed by the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), as needed, for protection of intellectual property (IP). In the case of books and monographs, proposals will be provided by the RL to the Information Staff (IS) for information and review, and the Director of IS may require that the final manuscript also be reviewed by IS for policy concerns. New guidelines are provided for publishing in the electronic media and the National Agricultural Library’s (NAL) role as a digital repository for published manuscripts is described.