Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.97
Liaison Dennis Carlberg
Submission Date Aug. 2, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Boston University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Stephen Ellis
Data Manager
sustainability@BU
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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):
All

Which of the following best describes the open access policy? (Mandatory or Voluntary):
Mandatory (or mandatory with a waiver option)

Does the institution provide financial incentives to support faculty members with article processing and other open access publication charges?:
No

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

In February 2015, the University formally adopted an Opt-Out Open Access policy for faculty scholarly articles. Under this policy, peer-reviewed and other scholarly articles published by faculty will be deposited into OpenBU automatically unless that faculty opts-out via waiver on a per-article basis. The goal of BU's Opt-Out Open Access policy is to disseminate the fruits of faculty research and scholarship as widely as possible.


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

BU Libraries, in consultation with Provosts' Offices on both campuses and the Office of General Counsel implemented the opt-out policy. BU Libraries are responsible for presenting a report regarding the policy to the Faculty Council three years after its adoption. As of January 2019, the report has not been completed.


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