Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 36.28
Liaison Claire Rodgers
Submission Date June 28, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00
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How many of the institution’s research-producing divisions are covered by a published open access policy that ensures that versions of future scholarly articles by faculty and staff are deposited in a designated open access repository? (All, Some or None):

Which of the following best describes the open access policy? (Mandatory or Voluntary):
Mandatory (or mandatory with a waiver option)

Does the institution provide financial incentives to support faculty members with article processing and other open access publication charges?:

A brief description of the open access policy, including the date adopted, any incentives or supports provided, and the repository(ies) used:

Our open access policy was adopted by Faculty in 2012. During that time we established an institutional repository called Digital Commons from BePress. However, we are migrating to a new repository vendor called TIND in the near future. Over the course of the academic year 17-18, we will be revisiting the OA policy as well as doing more outreach about scholarly communication at Olin. We will be reaching out to Mel Chua (Olin graduate and post-doc AY 16-17) who helped write the original policy for more background information, as well as the original library director, Dee Magnoni, who is actively involved with OA in her more recent roles. Knowledge of the repository and the policy has diminished in recent years, however, the library hopes to reignite the conversation this year.

Additional information:
We have what is known as a green open access policy. The way it works is that faculty are required to give us (‘the institution’) a copy of the publisher approved manuscript for all scholarly articles. The library, on behalf of the college, is then responsible for making it available publicly in accordance with publisher policies for self-archiving. Some allow immediate deposit, some have embargoes of varying time before the work can become public, some don’t allow it at all. In those cases, faculty can get a waiver and the article won’t be public in our repository, but they are still responsible for giving us an archival copy to be kept internally.

A copy of the institution's open access policy:
The institution's open access policy:

The website URL where the open access repository is available:
Estimated percentage of scholarly articles published annually by the institution’s faculty and staff that are deposited in a designated open access repository (0-100):

A brief description of how the institution’s library(ies) support open access to research:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Emily Ferrier, Senior Librarian
The website URL is out of date because the new site is currently under development.

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