Q. How does data management relate to the issue of open access publishing?
Data management planning is primarily about organizing, curating, and preserving research data throughout the course of its useful lifespan (or the "Data Life Cycle"). Open access publishing (making published articles or data freely available) is a separate issue that is not usually required for the data management plan itself. While some federally-funded grants do have a "public access" requirement for research results or data, it is important to carefully review those funder guidelines to determine what types of publications or repositories will meet that requirement.