Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.02
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date July 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dalhousie University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Donna Bourne-Tyson
Dean of Libraries
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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:

DalSpace hosts and provides access to the intellectual output of the Dalhousie community. There is a mandatory e-theses deposit program in place for all masters and PhD theses. Materials in DalSpace are open to anyone and will be preserved for future generations.

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:

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:

Yes, we provide hosting services for Open Journal Systems (OJS). The Dalhousie University Libraries Journal Hosting Service provides a digital publishing option to the university community using the Open Journal Systems (OJS) online journal production software (a collaborative, open source software project maintained by the Public Knowledge Project).

The Libraries handle the initial set-up of journals, answer questions about how to use the software, and can make recommendations about how to implement the journal. The journal owners are responsible for publishing content, managing subscribers, and customizing the design of the journal.


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:

A committee is being formed in association with our Copyright Advisory Committee to determine if we should develop an OA policy.

We do have an Institutional Research Data Management Strategy, approved by the Provost’s Committee, which is a companion piece to an OA policy, and it outlines an open approach to the management of datasets.https://cdn.dal.ca/content/dam/dalhousie/pdf/library/Library_Administration/Dalhousie%20Institutional%20RDM%20Strategy%20V.6%20November%2026%202019%20approved.pdf

We support Open Education Resources with hosting services, discovery support, and OER development grants https://dal.ca.libguides.com/textbooks

We are also partners in the AtlanticOER initiative: https://atlanticoer-relatlantique.ca/

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