Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
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Pennsylvania State University
AC-11: Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Total number of institutional divisions (e.g. schools, colleges, departments) that produce research:

Number of divisions covered by a policy assuring open access to research:

A brief description of the open access policy, including the date adopted and repository(ies) used:

Currently, Penn State does not have a formal open access policy. Penn State Libraries is in the process (as of 5/2014) of drafting such a policy for their unit, that would then be subject to vote. If passed, such a policy might serve as a model for other academic units on campus.

A copy of the open access policy:

The open access policy:

None at this time.

The website URL where the open access repository is available:
A brief description of how the institution’s library(ies) support open access to research:

Penn State University Libraries provides an Open Access Guide on its website, with links to information, databases, and resources for students, authors, and editors. This site also provides access to readings and ongoing discussion about the pros and cons of open access to research.

University Libraries offers two main repositories that provide open access to research:
- ScholarSphere is a secure repository service enabling the Penn State community to share its research and scholarly work with a worldwide audience. Faculty, staff, and students can use ScholarSphere to collect their work in one location and create a durable and citeable record of their papers, presentations, publications, data sets, or other scholarly creations. See https://scholarsphere.psu.edu/
- eTD serves as Penn State's electronic Thesis and Dissertation open access repository. Submitting and archiving eTDs helps students to understand electronic publishing issues and provides greater access to students' research. See https://etda.libraries.psu.edu/
In addition, many of the Penn State Libraries' Digitized Collections of images are open access. See http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/digital.html

The website URL where information about open access to the institution's research is available:

In addition, the Penn State Data Commons was developed to provide a resource for data sharing, discovery, and archiving for the Penn State research and teaching community. The datacommons@psu is made possible through resources provided by Penn State Institutes of Energy & the Environment, the Penn State Institute for CyberScience, PSU Research Computing & Cyberinfrastructure. http://www.datacommons.psu.edu/default.html

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