Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.07
Liaison Katie Koscielak
Submission Date May 7, 2020

STARS v2.2

Cal Poly Humboldt
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Cyril Oberlander
Dean of the University Library
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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:

HSU Digital Commons is a publishing model started in 2015 that promotes research, scholarly publications, and creative works from Humboldt State University and Humboldt State University Press. The model advances knowledge as a publisher of educational, scholarly, trade books, and creative works. HSU Library provides opportunities to publish and share research with the academic and global community, including: journal hosting, conference management, book publishing, editorial and peer-review tools, and scholar pages.

The library offers financial incentives to authors who publish with HSU Digital Commons by providing editing services at no cost and otherwise housing the literary work and making it available to a wide audience at no additional cost. In addition, The Affordable Learning Solutions Program (AL$) began in July, 2015. The program supports two areas:
1. Pays up to 4 faculty $1,500 each to bring an open access textbook to press. To apply they must meet with our publishing team and meet the criteria for open access.
2. Pays up to 50 faculty $300 each to attend workshops that help them to identify existing open access material that can be incorporated into existing classes.

AL$ funding information: http://www.affordablelearningsolutions.org/home

Assembly Bill 798 funding information: http://www.cool4ed.org/rfp.html for more information.

Cool4Ed Information: http://www.cool4ed.org/rfp.html

Humboldt Digital Scholar is a repository which supports the open access publishing model. As such, it is a fundamental step in transforming scholarly communication and providing more comprehensive access to research for scholars everywhere. Through this resource, the Library provides editing assistance and generally assists scholars with getting their work out to the public. This resource was stared in 2004.


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:

We have the following recommendation:

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of Humboldt State University recommends
that all faculty make a reasonable effort to acquire or retain the rights to place their
publications in an open-access institutional archive. Approved August 30, 2005


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:

There is no cost to the author to publish with Humboldt State University Press. There is no policy for paying APC's.

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:

Humboldt State University Press has published:

Humboldt Journal of Social Relations

IdeaFest: Interdisciplinary Journal of Creative Works and Research from Humboldt State University

Journal, Arcata High School, The World "The way we saw it"

Redwood Roots Magazine

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Innovative Pedagogy

The International Journal of Ecopsychology (IJE)

Toyon Literary Magazine


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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