Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.83
Liaison Tom Twist
Submission Date June 12, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Bates College
AC-11: Open Access to Research

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How many of the institution’s research-producing divisions are covered by a published open access policy that ensures that versions of future scholarly articles by faculty and staff are deposited in a designated open access repository? (All, Some or None):

Which of the following best describes the open access policy? (Mandatory or Voluntary):
Voluntary (strictly opt-in)

Does the institution provide financial incentives to support faculty members with article processing and other open access publication charges?:

A brief description of the open access policy, including the date adopted, any incentives or supports provided, and the repository(ies) used:

The institution provides support for our digital open access commons tool, called SCARAB. SCARAB (Scholarly Communication and Research at Bates) is designed to offer universal access to scholarship and research of Bates College, including student work, college records, campus history, and archival material. SCARAB has a dual role in both promoting the use of the college's scholarly output and ensuring its long-term preservation, sponsored and administered by Information and Library Services.





A copy of the institution's open access policy:

The institution's open access policy:

Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."

Source: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


Reduce the burden of textbook costs on students.
Collaborate with other educators and learners.


The website URL where the open access repository is available:
Estimated percentage of scholarly articles published annually by the institution’s faculty and staff that are deposited in a designated open access repository (0-100):

A brief description of how the institution’s library(ies) support open access to research:

General Education Search:

OER Commons - OER Commons is a single search platform that pulls from multiple collections. You may find more results by searching the specific collections (below).
Supported by ISKME (the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education).
Open Textbook Search:

OpenStax - Collection of openly licensed college textbooks which can be customized by you to fit your classroom needs.
Supported by Rice University.
UMN Open Textbook Library - Collection of openly licensed textbooks. Books within the Open Textbook Library must be peer reviewed for quality and have multiple criteria for inclusion within the library.
Supported by the Center for Open Education and the Open Textbook Network.
SUNY Open Textbooks - Collection of open textbooks produced and published by State University of New York schools.
Supported by the SUNY Initiative Technology Grant.
MERLOT - MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community. MERLOT does not house content, but is a collection of links to other content. The materials can be ranked and many are peer-reviewed. There are discipline specific Communities that curate and review the content.
Supported by the California State University System.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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