Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.29
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date March 23, 2015
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Colorado State University
AC-11: Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Nik Olsen
Assistant Director of Administrative Communications
Office of the President
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Total number of institutional divisions (e.g. schools, colleges, departments) that produce research:
53

Number of divisions covered by a policy assuring open access to research:
53

A brief description of the open access policy, including the date adopted and repository(ies) used:

CSU has a Committee on Open Access and Scholarly Communication to address open access issues. The CSU Open Access Commitment was adopted by the CSU Libraries Faculty Council on May 2, 2012. The policy is a campus-wide commitment designed to ensure that all Faculty research is available through open access to the global community. To accomplish this, CSU employs a number of strategies:

- Depositing articles (as well as all Thesis and Dissertations) on Direct Access (one of the best systems in the nation - the software has been adopted by other libraries and universities)

- The Open Access Fund - helps faculty publish in open access repositories so that their research is available not just to CSU community-members but to everyone.

- Subscriptions to databases - all faculty and students have access to a wide range of journals and databases

- For any journal article, published by CSU faculty or more broadly, a journal article request can be made and and will be delivered free-of-charge via email or print.

All faculty (and students) can access any of their peer's published research thanks to Direct Access through the library which will deliver a digital copy to their email upon request.


A copy of the open access policy:
The open access policy:

See URL immediately above.


The website URL where the open access repository is available:
A brief description of how the institution’s library(ies) support open access to research:

In autumn 2011, the CSU Libraries formed a committee to address open access in the context of strategic planning. The Open Access Strategic Initiative Committee completed its work in April 2012 with the following strategic recommendations:

The CSU Libraries:

Promote campus-wide awareness of scholarly communication trends and facilitate faculty participation in local and global open access initiatives.
Encourage free availability of scholarly information through support of open access publishing models, memberships in professional organizations, digitization of university assets, and participation in collaborative archival projects.
Enhance the visibility, accessibility, and impact of the University’s scholarship and unique resources in accordance with CSU’s Land Grant mission.

In order to advance these goals, the CSU Libraries Faculty Council unanimously adopted the Colorado State University Libraries’ Faculty Open Access Commitment on May 2, 2012. Subsequently the CSU Libraries Faculty Council approved an amendment to the Bylaws to establish the Committee on Open Access and Scholarly Communication to address open access issues. This committee began its work in October of 2012.


The website URL where information about open access to the institution's research is available:

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