Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.06
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date June 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Connecticut College
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Margaret Bounds
Assistant Director of Sustainability
Office of 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?:

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

Digital Commons is Connecticut College’s electronic archive, housing published and unpublished work by faculty and students as well as publications of College departments and offices. Digital Commons provides electronic preservation and persistent access worldwide to the scholarly and creative works of the College community. It holds over 450 individual works, including all honors theses from Environmental Studies majors since 2009.

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:

The faculty of Connecticut College is committed to disseminating the results of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. In keeping with that commitment, the faculty adopts the following policy:

Each member of the Connecticut College faculty grants to the College permission to make his or her scholarly journal articles openly accessible in the College’s institutional repository (Digital Commons @ Connecticut College), subject to the following terms:

The permission granted by each faculty member to the College is an irrevocable, nonexclusive, license for purposes of making his or her peer-reviewed scholarly articles openly accessible in the institutional repository, subject to publishers’ terms and conditions. The articles will not be sold for income or profit.

This policy will be waived for any article at the request of the author, but once an article is placed in the repository it cannot be withdrawn.

Under normal circumstances, each faculty member will, upon publication of an article, provide a copy of the final peer-reviewed version, free of charge and in an appropriate format (such as PDF or MS Word document), along with the relevant bibliographical data, to the Scholarly Communications Officer (SCO), a member of the library staff designated by the Vice President for Information Services and Librarian of the College.

The SCO will determine whether or not it is permitted to place the copy on line and will provide links to the final published versions of all publications, subject to publishers’ terms and conditions.

The policy will apply to all articles published while someone is a member of the faculty except for articles published before the adoption of this policy, articles for which the faculty member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement, or articles for which the author requests a waiver.

While this policy only covers peer-reviewed journal articles, members of the faculty may also provide bibliographical data and, where possible, the full text, of any other publications (such as chapters and essays in edited volumes, reference articles, non-peer-reviewed articles, creative work, and monographs), for possible inclusion in the institutional repository, subject to publishers’ terms and conditions.
The day-to-day administration of this policy will be the responsibility of the SCO. He or she will process the publication data and texts submitted; process any waiver requests; and assist individual faculty in clarifying publishers' policies with regard to repositories, as well as any negotiation with publishers concerning copyright.

The Information Services Committee will be responsible for interpreting this policy, establishing guidelines for its implementation and recommending changes. The Committee will review the Open Access Policy three years after its initiation and present a report to the faculty.

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:

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:

Digital Commons offers an open access journal hosting solution. Currently one journal, Teatro, is hosted in Digital Commons. Staff in the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections assists in managing the journal at no cost. https://digitalcommons.conncoll.edu/teatro/

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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