Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.86
Liaison Alyssa Erding
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2021

STARS v2.2

Macalester College
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Terri Fishel
Library Director
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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:

We provide open access to the scholarly and creative works produced by Macalester students, faculty, and staff to increase the visibility of our scholarship, and to encourage collaboration and innovation in order to contribute to the ongoing development of new knowledge. Digital Commons @ Macalester is on a hosted repository with third party, cloud back-up copies for preservation purposes. The repository contains, and makes openly available, over 6000 works authored by the Macalester College campus community. This includes, but is not limited to, peer-reviewed, scholarly articles by faculty and staff; student capstone works, and faculty authored books.

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:

The library has a limited fund to cover the costs for article processing charges (APCs) for faculty or faculty/student articles published as open access. Criteria are applied to requests in order to prioritize the use of the limited funds. The first criteria used in prioritization is for articles that are co-authored by faculty and students. Our second criterion is for articles published in peer-reviewed journals that are completely open access journals. We will use the DOAJ to verify if a journal is open access. The authors must apply by email to request funds. Over 60 APC requests have been funded/partially funded through the library APC program since it began in 2012. Public information about the APC fund and about other open access initiatives that we support through paid memberships: https://libguides.macalester.edu/c.php?g=737776

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:

Macalester provides hosting for peer-reviewed open access journals in our Digital Commons @ Macalester repository. Hosting is provided by BEPress and journal articles are preserved through the repository workflow. Our journal collection includes work by students, faculty, staff, and contributors to the international journal Himalaya, a biannual, peer-reviewed journal published by the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS). An assigned team of library staff support and maintain the journals. Student journals are peer-reviewed by student peers and faculty within their respective departments. View our list of supported open access journals.

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:

In addition to the Digital Commons @ Macalester repository of openly accessible Macalester Community works and the library APC funding program, the library supports Open Educational Resources development through library staff support to faculty, campus hosting of an online book authoring platform (Pressbooks), and competitively available stipend funds. More information: https://libguides.macalester.edu/c.php?g=655167 and Stipend Program Guidelines: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-bs9rKOLK_Vp5v8dmDOkbry0Bi_gaCri6nNiZQz5tlA/preview

**Bellow is an additional website URL where information about the institution's support for open access is available:

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