Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.33
Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Dec. 10, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, Northridge
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Sarah Johnson
Sustainability Program Analyst
Institute for Sustainability
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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):
Voluntary (strictly opt-in)

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

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

The university has a number of policies in place defining, recommending, and mandating open access for all departments on campus. First, in 2013 CSUN President Dianne Harrison signed the Berlin Declaration, which “calls for open access to knowledge in the humanities and sciences, recognizing that the Internet has changed the way knowledge and the information is disseminated” – http://openaccess.mpg.de/319790/Signatories

Second, the CSUN faculty senate passed a standing resolution on open access http://www.csun.edu/senate/resolutions/openaccess-resolution112113.pdf -- Though voluntary at this point, it applies to all CSUN faculty in all departments; the resolution is officially listed with ROARmap (Registry of Open Access Mandates and Policies) http://roarmap.eprints.org/456/

Third, CSUN has a mandate from former Provost Hellenbrand for open access electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) applicable to all departments on campus (cf. http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/thesisdissertation-and-graduate-project-deadlines). Here is more information about ScholarWorks/library policies regarding open access: http://library.csun.edu/guides/CSUN-ScholarWorks
Repository infrastructure is based on industry-standard open source software solution DSpace (MIT/Hewlett Packard) and centrally hosted by the CSU Chancellor’s Office: http://scholarworks.csun.edu/ Collections range from thesis and dissertations, university archives, faculty publications, and open access journals. Total size is currently 14,080 documents and articles. We are listed as a repository in opendoar.org here: http://opendoar.org/id/2799/. CSUN offers this repository at no cost to students or faculty as an incentive to encourage open access publications.

CSUN offers additional financial incentives and resources to faculty for article processing and other open access publication charges. For example, upon request, the Associate Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) provides financial support for access publication charges. ORSP also offers numerous faculty grant opportunities, which allow publication fees to be included in the budget. In addition, some Colleges (e.g., Social and Behavioral Sciences, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics) provide faculty support for publications through the annual research competitions, such as the Faculty Publication Award Competition and Summer Research Competitions. These funds are allowed to be used for a variety of research expenses, including publication fees.

Moreover, beginning in August 2007, former Provost Harry Hellenbrand created campus-wide Research Fellows Program, which is funded collaboratively by the Office of the Provost, the Colleges and the Library. All Colleges participate in the annual program, which provides faculty with a full semester of release time to conduct scholarly activities, as well as a supplementary budget for costs associated with research, including publication costs. Nine research fellowships, one from each college and the Library, are awarded to faculty each year.


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

See above


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