Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.40
Liaison Margaret Lo
Submission Date June 12, 2023

STARS v2.2

Ball State University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Amy Petts
Library Assessment Manager
University Libraries
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:
Cardinal Scholar, Ball State University’s open access institutional repository, is managed and locally hosted by Ball State University Libraries using the DSpace open source repository management software. The repository serves as the primary public access point for electronic thesis and dissertations created by Ball State University students and currently includes over 10,000 such works. In addition, the repository hosts open access faculty, student, and staff research and University records and publications. Faculty, students, and staff may upload preprint scholarly works directly through the repository platform. Ball State University’s Office of Digital Research and Publishing actively solicits contributions to the repository and educates the campus community regarding the benefits of open access through consultative services, programming, and outreach campaigns.

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 Reprint / Publication Support Program offered by the Sponsored Projects Administration’s Aspire Program specifically assists with funding article processing charges. The Aspire Program provides support for expenses associated with publication, reprints, article processing or open access charges, and page charges. Work must have been accepted for publication or published in a refereed or other scholarly journal. Support can be used for open access, peer-reviewed publications listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals or for publication in-subscription journals that allow some articles to become available openly based on a published fee schedule (sometimes known as hybrid open access).

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:
Through the Office of Digital Research and Publishing, Ball State University Libraries operates an instance of Open Journal Systems, an open source open access journal publishing software platform that is hosted for us through the Public Knowledge Project. We are currently working with student and faculty editors/editor groups on the Ball State University campus to publish 10 peer-reviewed academic journals in an open access environment. The University Libraries provides publication management and guidance consultative services, journal formatting services, metadata creation services, and publishing services to advance the publishing of open access journals using Open Journal Systems. University Libraries assumes all costs related to the hosting of these 10 titles. The Libraries is actively seeking to expand this program and publish other titles edited by Ball State University scholars.

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 information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.