Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

McGill University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

eScholarship@McGill is a digital repository, which collects, preserves, and showcases the publications, scholarly works, and theses of McGill University faculty members, researchers, and students. All scholarly works authored by faculty and students can be deposited in the digital repository, such as open access research articles, research reports, doctoral dissertations and theses, honors theses, book chapters, departmental or research center reports, images, audio, and video files, technical reports. It is mandatory for student dissertations and theses to be deposited into the repository.

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:

McGill Library will
- install and provide access to Open Journal Systems (OJS) software, waiving all fees
- evaluate and install upgrades
- offer initial training workshop on OJS management
- acquire an ISSN for your journal
- acquire a URL for your journal within the “mcgill.ca” domain
McGill Library will also provide consultative services related to issues of
- Copyright and licensing
- Getting your journal indexed
McGill requires these hosted journals to use an open access business model; include a reviewing process (e.g., blind, double-blind, or open peer-reviewed; and include publicly available documentation about their review process on their website, among other criteria (see Additional documentation to support the submission for these criteria)

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:

Copy of Eligibility Criteria for McGill-published journals:

Note that the 53% estimate indicated above includes works published in OA journals and OA repositories.

Data was collected from 1findr on Feb. 28, 2020, over the 3-year period of 2016-2018. Open Acces articles are labeled "free" on the 1foldr McGill Hub (either Gold OA, Green OA, or undetermined).
Source of data: https://mcgill.1science.com/search.

Note that publications under the category of medicine represent 41% of McGill's published output over the time period of 2016-2018, according to data retrieved from SciVal (Mar 3, 2020).

1findr is "a curated index composed exclusively of articles published in academic, scientific and technological research journals. It comprises articles in all fields of academia: arts, humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, health sciences, natural sciences and engineering. [1findr] strive[s] to provide access to articles published all over the world solely in peer-reviewed and editorially reviewed journals. As far as technical and commercially possible, [1findr] make[s] sure that journals are not excluded on non-academic grounds. Based on a bibliographic index covering more than 90 million articles from 80,000 academic and scientific journals, 1findr is the largest curated collection of scholarly articles." (https://www.1science.com/1findr/)

RE: Open Access APC fund:
While the university does not provide an open access APC fund for employees, McGill does have agreements with many publishers for discounted APC rates, such as the following:
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
BioMed Central
Canadian Science Publishing
Cambridge University Press
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
SAGE sage_discount_exceptions.pdf

The McGill Library is always available to help McGill researchers with questions and support for gold open access publishing.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.