Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.85
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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Michigan State University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Amy Butler
Campus Sustainability Director
MSU 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):
None / Don't Know

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

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

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

MSU does not have an open access policy at this time. Federal funders such as the NIH have mandatory policies for the products of research that they fund. https://lib.msu.edu/about/collections/scholcomm/NIH/
Outside of the federally governing mandated policy, MSU has no specific policy, and MSU faculty and staff may make their own decisions about where to publish and whether to publish open access or more traditionally. Many research divisions at MSU are doing work that is federally funded, however, so many are needing to comply with federal policies.
MSU does not have a designated institutional repository available as yet for MSU researchers to place publications, but one has been proposed and is being worked on by a group that includes the MSU Libraries.
In the meantime, the university does offer some resources:
- The Gerald M Kline Digital and Multimedia Center digitizes and makes accessible special parts of the MSU Libraries collections that are in the public domain.
- Participation in the HathiTrust and GoogleBooks projects to digitize public domain works such as out-of-copyright books and government documents.
- Adding open access materials to our collections.
1. All publications listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals are added to the MSU library catalog.
2. Linking to other original open access materials will be pursued based on subject-specific collection development policies. Talk to your subject librarian about adding your original open access materials to our library catalog or web pages.

A copy of the institution's open access policy:
The institution's open access policy:


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):

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

The percentage of articles published annually that are deposited into an open access repository is impossible for MSU to determine at this time.
MSU and the MSU Libraries do provide some support for open access publishing. We are members of various organizations that support open access to research, such as SPARC, Hathi Trust, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Digital Public Library of America, and arXiv. We also have various subscriptions that support open access publishing in general such as Knowledge Unlatched and Reveal Digital. Also, we have some subscriptions that support MSU authors publishing open access in certain journals for a discount: BMJ Case Reports, AAAS journals, Annual Reviews, etc. See https://lib.msu.edu/about/collections/scholcomm/support/ for a list. Finally, MSU is also a member of TOME (Towards an Open Monograph Ecosystem) which supports open access scholarly monograph publishing in the humanities.
Repositories used by MSU authors will depend on their subject area. Biomedical researchers will use the PubMed Central repository that is required by the federal government. There are other repositories in social sciences and other fields.
Furthermore, librarians at the MSU Libraries have different subject specialty areas and are always available to talk with MSU researchers about open access, scholarly communication and other issues related to publishing. We can help people know about and think through their options.
In addition, The Open Access Monograph publishing award (OAMPA) celebrates the public impact that humanities and social science research can achieve when it is made openly available. MSU has established a new award for faculty authors in the humanities and social sciences seeking to publish an open -access scholarly monograph with a participating university press.
The MSU Libraries supports open access to research in the various ways already described above. We are members of organizations like SPARC that are lobbying in Washington for open access to research, and we are members of other organizations and publishers that are working to make research available open access. Librarians are able to provide information to the campus in this area, and we maintain a web site with information as well.

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

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