Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.20
Liaison Denice Koljonen
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2022

STARS v2.2

Boston College
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Steve Runge
Learning Commons Manager
University Libraries
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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:

The content of the repository consists of scholarly and creative work and research affiliated with Boston College, including all academic disciplines and departments (with the exception of the Boston College Law School). The repository holds all types of materials. This may include:
Versions of published articles, including: Preprints (i.e. the submitted manuscripts prior to peer-review); Postprints (i.e. the accepted manuscripts after peer-review); and/or Published versions (i.e. final versions of articles with publishers' formatting)
Supplementary materials
Working papers and drafts
Technical reports
Conference proceedings, papers, posters, and presentations
Learning objects
Image, audio, video, web content, and multimedia files
Electronic theses and dissertations (graduate and undergraduate)

The collection currently contains 2,295 faculty works, 1,446 works by BC research centers, 2,266 graduate theses and dissertations, 650 undergraduate theses, and 42 juried student works.

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 Open Access Publishing Fund (https://libguides.bc.edu/oafund) is administered by the Provost’s Office. All Boston College faculty, researchers, and currently enrolled students are eligible to apply for funding. Peer-reviewed articles that are published in fully open access journals and accessible immediately on publication, with a publicly available standard article fee schedule, are eligible. Journals listed in DOAJ and that also license articles under Creative Commons or similar licensing terms are strongly preferred. Since the program’s inception in 2014 it has awarded a total of $189,109.

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:

Boston College Libraries provides services and software that enable Boston College faculty, staff, and students to publish online open access journals. (https://libguides.bc.edu/ejournaleditors) Journals publish using Open Journal Systems (OJS), an open source management and publishing system. OJS provides a professional online presence and can be used to manage some or all of the stages of the journal publishing process: submissions, peer review, the editorial process, online publishing, and indexing. Articles are licensed for reuse using a Creative Commons license. Library staff are available to consult during the planning process, to provide some customization of the journal's appearance, to provide initial training to editorial staff, and to provide ongoing technical support. This guide provides information and resources for both potential and current journal managers and editors through all stages--from planning to publishing. The program currently publishes 14 journals, with 4 discontinued journals in archived spaces. (https://libguides.bc.edu/openaccess/bcjournals)

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:

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