Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.33
Liaison Sarah Tulga
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northwestern University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sarah Tulga
Sustainability Program Coordinator
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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:

Arch is an institutional repository service for Northwestern University. Arch is intended to collect, preserve, and provide access to the wide variety of scholarly contributions, artistic creativity, educational resources, and research outputs of the Northwestern community.

DigitalHub is an institutional repository for the research and scholarly output of Northwestern Medicine. DigitalHub preserves intellectual works created by the Northwestern Medicine scholarly community, enhances the visibility of Northwestern Medicine scholarship, and promotes authors by enabling discovery and accessibility of works by the international scientific community. DigitalHub facilitates the discovery and recognition of research and scholarship at Northwestern Medicine by bringing together open access to traditional and non-traditional research and information on scholarly activities across all disciplines. Populated with institutional and public data sources, DigitalHub represents a living record of scholarly output.

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:

As stated above, Northwestern University does not currently have an established open access policy. The University's copyright policy can be found here: https://invo.northwestern.edu/policies/copyright-policy

The Northwestern Library's site also states, "We advise researchers on outlets to make the published results of federally-funded research freely available to the public and support open access publication with the Northwestern Open Access Fund."

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 Northwestern Open Access Fund supports Northwestern scholars who wish to make their journal articles openly available immediately upon publication and to support gold open access publishers around the world. The gold open access journal model publishes all of a journal’s articles as open access and allows for freely available access immediately upon publication.


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:

DigitalHub serves as the online archive for Pediatric Neurology Briefs. The Pediatric Neurology Briefs is an open access journal whose editor is affiliated with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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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