Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.69
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Emory University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kelly Weisinger
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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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:

Emory University faculty established an Open Access Policy in 2011 to promote greater reach and impact for articles, assist Emory authors' with retention of distribution rights, and ensure preservation.

OpenEmory: Created in response to the OA Policy, OpenEmory is an open access repository of scholarly works by Emory faculty, including journal articles, books, book chapters, conference papers, posters, presentations, and reports.

Emory Theses and Dissertations (ETDs): An open access repository of Emory student theses and dissertations.

Dataverse: Emory's open data repository, offered through a partnership between Emory and the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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 following Open Access Policy was unanimously approved by Faculty Council at the March 15, 2011 meeting. This text was revised based on faculty feedback and through Faculty Council discussions.

Open Access Policy Text
The Faculty of Emory University is committed to disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. In addition to the public benefit of such dissemination, this policy is intended to serve faculty interests by promoting greater reach and impact for articles, assisting authors' retention of distribution rights, and ensuring preservation.

In keeping with these commitments, the Faculty calls upon Emory University, through its Libraries, to create an open access repository of faculty authored scholarly articles1. Each faculty member2 grants to Emory University permission to capture and make available his or her scholarly articles the author has chosen to distribute as open access and to reproduce and distribute those articles for the purpose of open dissemination. In legal terms, each Faculty member grants to Emory University a nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles the author has chosen to distribute as open access, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit. The Emory Faculty author remains the copyright owner unless that author chooses to transfer the copyright to a publisher.

Scholarly articles authored or co-authored while anyone is a member of the Faculty would be eligible for deposit in the repository unless the Faculty member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement, such as transferring all copyrights to a publisher. Emory Faculty may embargo scholarly articles from distribution for a specified period of time if a publishing agreement made by the Faculty member is determined to be incompatible with immediate distribution in Emory's repository.
To assist the University in distributing the scholarly articles, each Faculty member may choose to provide an electronic copy of the final author's version of the article at no charge to the Libraries in an appropriate format (such as PDF) specified by the Libraries. The Libraries may make the article available to the public in Emory's open access repository. In cases where an embargo period has been specified, the article may be archived in an Emory repository without open access for the period of the embargo, or a complete citation for the article may be submitted when deposit in the repository is incompatible with an assignment made by the faculty member.

This policy applies to scholarly articles for which the faculty author is copyright owner as defined in Emory's Intellectual Property Policy (Policy 7.6). Any question as to whether a faculty member is the copyright owner of a scholarly article shall be resolved as provided in Emory's Intellectual Property Policy.
The Faculty calls upon the Library Policy Committee (LPC), the Provost's Office and the Libraries, in collaboration with the Faculty Council, to develop and monitor an implementation plan for this policy. The LPC and Libraries, in consultation with the Provost's Office, will submit annual reports to Faculty Council for the first three years of the policy implementation. The policy and service model will be reviewed after three years and a recommendation on revisions to the policy presented to the Faculty Council.

1. A scholarly article is defined here as in the Budapest Open Access Initiative, that which scholars give to the world without expectation of payment. This encompasses peer-reviewed journal articles, and any unreviewed preprints which they may wish to put online. (http://www.soros.org/openaccess/read.shtml)

2. For the purposes of this policy, a Faculty member is a person employed at Emory under the Faculty Handbook with either a continuous or limited appointment. (http://provost.emory.edu/faculty/handbook/)

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:

Emory University's Open Access Publishing Fund provides funds to make it easier for Emory authors to publish in open access (OA) journals and books when no alternative funding is available. The goal is to foster the exploration of new and innovative publishing models across research communities. For the purposes of this fund, we adhere to SPARC’s definition of Open Access, which states that “Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of high-quality, peer-reviewed research results.” Current Emory University faculty, post-docs, researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Excluded from eligibility are adjunct/visiting faculty or alumni without an eligible Emory co-author. Funds are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. The maximum reimbursement is $1,500 per article or book. Funds may be used for open access publishing and processing fees, including open access page charges.

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:

Open access journals are available on the internet for free, and may also have Creative Commons licenses allowing re-use of the content. They often do not require the transfer of authors’ copyright to the journal. Emory hosts several open access journals, including Southern Spaces, Practical Matters, and Molecular Vision.

The Emory University Scholarly Communications Office (SCO) offers a variety of services for Emory faculty, staff, and students. We also coordinate and support three open access repositories and offer funding to make Emory authors’ research available in eligible open access venues.
Our Services
We’re available to answer your questions about author agreements and book contracts, copyright, open access publication, permissions, and more.

Author Agreements & Book Contracts: Assistance reviewing author agreements and book contracts.
Copyright Questions: Assistance with questions on many copyright issues, including fair use, classroom guidelines, how to obtain permissions for scholarly publications, and identifying copyright holders.
Data Publishing: Assistance selecting an appropriate repository to deposit and share research data.
Data Management Plans: Assistance preparing and reviewing data management or data sharing plans accompanying grant proposals to funding agencies such as the NSF, NEH and NIH, including institutional authentication to access the DMPTool for writing data management plans.
Workshops: Specialized workshops tailored to a specific focus or topic available by request. For more information, please contact the Scholarly Communications Office at scholcomm@listserv.cc.emory.edu.

Open Access Repositories
Our office supports three open access repositories which preserve and provide access to the intellectual output of Emory University.

Dataverse at Emory: an open data repository for Emory researchers to publish their data. For more information, please see the Emory Dataverse page.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs): An open access repository of Emory student theses and dissertations. We coordinate the ETD system and offer consultations on copyright issues pertaining to theses and dissertations, such as permissions and using previously copyrighted materials. Please contact us for more information.
OpenEmory: An open access repository of Emory faculty works, journal articles, books, book chapters, conference papers, posters, presentations, and reports. Please contact us for assistance submitting your work to OpenEmory.

Funding Opportunities
Emory University Libraries provides funds for Emory authors who publish in eligible open access journals and books or wish to make the data underlying their publications openly available.

Open Access Publishing Fund: Provides funds for Emory authors to publish in eligible open access (OA) journals and books when no alternative funding is available. Faculty and currently enrolled students who meet the eligibility criteria are all eligible to apply for funds.

Research Data Distribution Fund: Provides funds to support Emory University researchers depositing research data in an established repository when no alternative funding is available. Faculty and currently enrolled students who meet the eligibility criteria are all eligible to apply for funds.

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:

The Emory Faculty’s Open Access Policy does not mandate or require that all scholarly publication be made available open access. Rather, it supports a commitment to open access distribution of scholarly publication by allowing the faculty the opportunity to share their publications in our open access institutional repository, Open Emory.

On the other hand, our graduate students and undergraduate honors students are required to submit their theses and dissertations to our open access Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. This is a requirement of graduation for the participating Emory colleges that utilize this service.

Data Sources:
Most of the information about Open Access at Emory can be found at these sites:

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