Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.65
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Furman University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Laura Bain
Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment
David E. Shi Center for Sustainability
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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):
All

Which of the following best describes the open access policy? (Mandatory or Voluntary):
Voluntary (strictly opt-in)

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

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

The Furman University Scholar Exchange (FUSE) is an institutional repository for scholarly, research, and creative works produced by faculty, students, staff, or other members of the Furman community. Guidelines were adopted in 2014. FUSE is administered by the Furman University Libraries in cooperation with departments of the University. This collection strives to remove barriers to information access by freely and openly disseminating scholarship produced by Furman University faculty, students, staff, academic/administrative units, and other members of the Furman community. FUSE supports open access (OA) which expands shared knowledge and accelerates multi‐disciplinary breakthroughs in research. FUSE records are
accessible to the public and fully searchable by online search engines such as Google Scholar. As such, priority is given to works where the full‐text is deposited into FUSE for public sharing.

The Furman University Libraries’ Open Access Fund evidences its commitment to supporting both open access publishing and the creation of scholarship by faculty, researchers, and students across campus. The goal of the fund is to facilitate more choice in publishing venue by helping to offset the cost of Article Processing Charges (APCs) for Furman authors. It allows authors to consider a broader audience, retain more of their rights, and realize the benefits of Open Access without sacrificing funds that might otherwise go towards research, travel, or student support.


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

FUSE is administered by the Furman University Libraries in cooperation with individual
departments and academic units of the University. The Library developed the online repository and advise faculty on copyright law open access best practices. Furman University Libraries is responsible for administering FUSE. This includes, but is not limited to: implementation, policies and guidelines, strategies, training, and ongoing assessment. FUSE administrators are responsible for: determining and maintaining the structure and organization of FUSE, establishing collection and use guidelines for FUSE, educating users about the requirements of copyright law, coordinating with Library liaisons on subject-specific projects, and approving/coordinating the creation of new projects especially those
that will require additional staff time, storage space, emerging formats, or digitization. Library faculty and staff are responsible for communicating the purpose of FUSE to the Furman University community, recruiting materials for inclusion in FUSE, educating users in the basic use of the system, and referring projects to the FUSE administrators as required.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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