Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.79
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

American University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Courtney Stoner
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer repository hosting that makes versions of journal articles, book chapters, and other peer-reviewed scholarly works by its employees freely available on the public internet?:

Website URL where the open access repository is available:
A brief description of the open access repository:

American University’s Digital Research Archive provides access to scholarly works, teaching tools and other literature produced by the AU community including articles, conference presentations, working papers, online journals and newsletters, syllabi, and podcasts.

American University’s Digital Research Archive also provides access to some but not all of AU’s digital collections including the American University History Photograph and Print Collection, Drew Pearson's Washington Merry-Go-Round, the John R. Hickman Collection, the Jack Child Slide and Stamp Collections, the Peace Corps Community Digital Archive, the Photographic Material and Other Art Work of Herbert E. Striner, and the Washington College of Law Historical Collection.

Does the institution have a published policy that requires its employees to publish scholarly works open access or archive final post-peer reviewed versions of scholarly works in an open access repository?:

A copy of the institution's open access policy:

The institution's open access policy:

Does the policy cover the entire institution? :

Does the institution provide an open access article processing charge (APC) fund for employees?:

A brief description of the open access APC fund:


The library is undertaking a pilot (from FY17 through FY19) project to help faculty researchers pay the article processing charges (APCs) associated with publishing in open access journals. We are providing these funds in order to encourage researchers to publish their work in high-quality open access publications. The articles must be published in fully open access publications and funding for one article per author per year is considered.

Does the institution provide open access journal hosting services through which peer-reviewed open access journals are hosted on local servers with dedicated staff who provide publishing support at no (or minimal) cost?:

A brief description of the open access journal hosting services:

Estimated percentage of peer-reviewed scholarly works published annually by the institution’s employees that are deposited in a designated open access repository:

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for open access is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

The Washington College of Law hosts peer-reviewed open access journals. https://digitalcommons.wcl.american.edu/WCL_journals/

The Washington College of Law hosts peer-reviewed open access journals. https://digitalcommons.wcl.american.edu/WCL_journals/

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