Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 28.04
Liaison Jodi Kennedy
Submission Date July 5, 2022

STARS v2.2

Georgia Southern University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Beth Burnett
Librarian Assistant Professor
Library General Operations
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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:

Digital Commons@Georgia Southern collects, archives, and disseminates the intellectual and creative output of Georgia Southern University's faculty, staff, students, and community partners. Supported by the University Libraries, the institutional repository plays an important role in research and scholarly communications. The institutional repository hosts contributions including University documents and publications, faculty and student works, conferences, journals, research data, news, Special Collections, and more. Many of the works are provided on an Open Access basis; however, individual copyright and reuse terms may vary by collection or individual work.

Institutional repository collections constitute a permanent record of the scholarly output of the University. The repository captures and preserves content created by, for, and about the University community in its classification as a Carnegie R2 institution. The institutional repository is committed to implementing and supporting the mission of the University Libraries and Georgia Southern University's strategic priorities. Hosted on the Digital Commons platform since 2013, as of January 2022 over 140,000 items have been added and visitors from around the world have downloaded repository items over 5.8 million times.

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:

Digital Commons@Georgia Southern hosts 18 University-related journals and proceedings. In addition to providing a permanent Open Access archive for these publications, Digital Commons provides a platform for collecting, evaluating, and selecting submitted manuscripts with options for single and double-blind peer review. As of January 2022, nearly 2,500 articles have been published in Digital Commons with a total number of over 1 million downloads from visitors around the world.

Journal hosting services include:
Perpetual access for journal content on Digital Commons or any future platform adopted by the University Libraries for hosting University-related journals.
Repository staff guidance and support for all site configurations, setup, and maintenance of the journal on the hosting platform.
Repository staff provided training and support to journal organizers and personnel responsible for managing day-to-day activities of the journal.
Repository staff perform administrative updates to the site as needed, including publication of journal content and administration of calls for submissions.
Reviewer tools for journal editors (Similarity Check).
International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) registration and management.
Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) registration and management for all eligible articles.
3rd-Party indexing of eligible journals in appropriate indexes (Directory of Open Access Journals,
Registration with CrossRef and Sherpa Romeo for eligible journals.
For eligible journals, articles are preserved using the CLOCKSS preservation archive.

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:

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