Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.07
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dickinson College
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Lindsey Lyons
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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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:

Dickinson Scholar is the open access institutional repository for Dickinson College, featuring scholarly and creative works by students, faculty members, administrators, and staff.

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:

The Waidner-Spahr Library and the college Research & Development committee have partnered to support open access publication. To request funding, faculty members apply to the Research & Development Committee. The following criteria apply to OA funding requests:

All research articles in the journal or the entire monograph must be OA, not just the publication being funded.

The publication must be made immediately OA (with no embargo or delay).

The publisher must be reputable. If in doubt, please consult with a librarian.

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:

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:

Dickinson supports open access publications and share publicly that removing the subscription barrier has been shown to increase the visibility of scholarship, with a corresponding increase in citation rates in many fields. Open access takes a variety of forms, including institutional or discipline-specific repositories for pre-prints; mandates requiring specific government-funded research articles to be placed in PubMed Central; and born-digital open access journals. All of these forms can enhance the distribution of knowledge and broaden the impact of scholarship.

We believe that inequity of access to information can have negative, even deadly consequences—and this makes access to research a social justice issue on multiple fronts. Dickinson is doing all it can to share information accurately and openly.

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