Publication Approval Restrictions
Restrictions on publication can destroy the fundamental research exclusion as well as violate University policy on freedom to publish research results. These restrictions may be stated in many places; the Request for Proposal, the cover letters from the sponsors, or the proposed agreements. It is very important that they be identified and addressed, because they are sometimes very difficult to negotiate out and may prevent a project from going forward. In addition, researchers should never agree to a sponsor's request to approve research results prior to publication. Agreement to such a request (even a verbal request) removes the project from the safe harbor of the fundamental research exclusion.
EXAMPLES OF PROBLEMATIC LANGUAGE
The contractor shall not release to anyone outside the Contractor's organization any unclassified information, regardless of medium (e.g., film, tape, document), pertaining to any part of this contract or any program related to this contract, unless the Contracting Officer has given prior written approval.
There shall be no dissemination or publication of information developed under this contract or contained in the reports to be furnished pursuant to this contract without prior written approval of the Contracting Officer.