Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.67
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date Oct. 7, 2021

STARS v2.2

Boston University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Stephen Ellis
Director, Data Analytics
BU 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?:
Yes

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

The Boston University Institutional Repository contains documents and publications authored or co-authored by BU faculty, students, and staff.

OpenBU is an open access repository, which means that the full text of the work deposited here is freely accessible to the world via the web. Access is restricted only in unavoidable instances, for example where publisher copyright restrictions prevail. However over 90% of scholarly publishers worldwide now allow some version of the documents they publish to be made available in a repository such as this.


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?:
Yes

A copy of the institution's open access policy:
The institution's open access policy:

In 2015, Boston University adopted an opt-out open access policy for all faculty-authored scholarly articles, which allows BU to make these articles openly available in OpenBU, the university’s institutional repository.

The open access policy can be found at: http://www.bu.edu/disc/files/2017/10/Open-Access-Policy-2015.pdf


Does the policy cover the entire institution? :
Yes

Does the institution provide an open access article processing charge (APC) fund for employees?:
No

A brief description of the open access APC fund:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the open access journal hosting services:
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Estimated percentage of peer-reviewed scholarly works published annually by the institution’s employees that are deposited in a designated open access repository:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s support for open access is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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This represents FY2020 BU metrics.

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