Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.49
Liaison Angela Oberg
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2023

STARS v2.2

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Katie Parrish
Program Coordinator
Office of Climate Action
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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:

Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers (SOAR) is a service of the Rutgers University Libraries dedicated to showcasing and providing free and open access to the research and creative scholarship of the University. Library staff work with university departments, research centers, and individual faculty to archive their scholarly works, ensure compliance with grant funding requirements, and fulfill the mandate of the Rutgers University Open Access Policy. Rutgers faculty and researchers are invited to deposit their completed scholarship in SOAR for long-term public access and preservation. Archiving content in SOAR is free and permitted by most academic publishers.

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:


This Policy shall apply to all members of the faculty, as well as Rutgers graduate and post-doctoral students, while they are employed by, or enrolled at, Rutgers (hereinafter “Scholar”). Each Scholar grants to Rutgers University a nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, as defined below, in any medium, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit, solely for the purpose of providing and maintaining public access to them. The term “scholarly articles” generally refers to peer-reviewed journal articles or conference proceedings created without expectation of payment. It does not include books, commissioned articles, artworks, popular writings, fiction, poetry or pedagogical materials such as lecture notes and videos, case studies and the like.

This Policy does not alter copyright ownership rights determined in accordance with law or with Rutgers University or Legacy UMDNJ copyright policies. The Policy applies to all scholarly articles authored or co-authored while the person is affiliated with Rutgers, except for any articles completed before the adoption of this Policy, and any articles for which the scholar entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy. Affiliated with Rutgers means employed by, or enrolled at, Rutgers.

The Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (or designee) will grant a waiver for a particular article or delay access for a specified period of time (an “embargo”) upon express direction by a Scholar.

The University also commits to educating students at the graduate level in the principles and practices of Open Access.

Each Scholar will provide, at no charge, an electronic copy of the author’s final version of each article, no later than the date of its publication, to the designated representative of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, in an appropriate format (such as PDF) as specified by the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. An author’s final version is the version that follows formal peer review, sometimes called the “postprint,” as distinguished from the publisher’s branded PDF version.

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:

Rutgers Libraries have partnerships that allow for discounts on APC charges with several publishers. https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/research-tools-and-services/open-access-publishing-opportunities-rutgers-researchers

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:

The Rutgers University Libraries publish five open access journals, using Open Journal Systems to support electronic peer review, online submission, and management of content. We assign Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to all journal articles, and archive all journal content in our institutional repository, RUcore (https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/).

Rutgers University Libraries are running a pilot program for Pressbooks open access publishing platform. Pressbooks allows authors to create, remix, and publish open access content. Pressbooks is a WordPress-based platform that allows authors to write and design their own books and openly publish in a single interface. This content can be original materials or authors can import existing OER materials to mix and adapt. Pressbooks makes books available in multiple file formats including PDF, MOBI, EPUB, and additional XML formats.

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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