Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.49
Liaison David Cullmer
Submission Date Dec. 17, 2020

STARS v2.2

Pennsylvania State University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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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:

ScholarSphere is Penn State’s institutional repository service for research and scholarly work produced by the university community. Through ScholarSphere, Penn State researchers - faculty, students, and staff alike - are able to share their work on a worldwide scale and be assured of its long-term preservation and thus ongoing access.

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:

Penn State's open access policy - AC02 Open Access to Scholarly Articles - can be found here: https://policy.psu.edu/policies/ac02

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:

Penn State no longer offers a university-wide APC fund for employees. However University Libraries provides a list of journals that offer an APC discount to Penn State authors. It also provides a list of "Sources of Funding for APCs" with suggestions for finding funding. Additional information can be found here: https://guides.libraries.psu.edu/open-access/gold

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:

Penn State Libraries Open Publishing is the Open Access imprint of The Pennsylvania State University Libraries. The Libraries publishes full-featured electronic scholarly journals, searchable annotated bibliographies, and topical web portals using a variety of platforms. See https://openpublishing.psu.edu/

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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