Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.94
Liaison Caitlin Steele
Submission Date July 21, 2023

STARS v2.2

San Francisco State University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 caitlin Steele
Dr of Sust & Energy
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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:

ScholarWorks is San Francisco State University’s institutional repository. This repository is the primary means for collecting, organizing, and sharing theses and dissertations authored by SF State students. ScholarWorks also aspires to collect and share other types of student works, faculty works, datasets, and open educational resources. ScholarWorks contains SF State theses and dissertations from 2010 to the present, as well as a few older ones. All items found within ScholarWorks are in digital format.

As a collaborative effort from the 23-campus California State University system, ScholarWorks provides not only a gateway to the student scholarship of SF State, but also student scholarship from across the CSU. ScholarWorks is primarily an open access repository. The global public can access, view, and download most works found within it. However, depositors have the option to make their work private to SF State if they so choose.

Beginning March 2020 the repository can be found here:

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:

The mission of the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State is to empower its University constituency with lifelong learning skills to identify, find, evaluate, use and communicate information in promotion of excellence in scholarship, knowledge and understanding.

To fulfill its mission within the context of the missions of the San Francisco State University and the California State University (CSU) system, the Library is committed to the following goals:
-Collaborating with departmental faculty in incorporating information competence into the curriculum to ensure that all SF State graduates are competent in locating, retrieving, organizing, critically evaluating, analyzing, synthesizing, and communicating information in a cohesive, logical and ethical manner;
-Creating a learning environment that promotes study, research and scholarly interaction in the context of a diverse campus community;
-Supporting excellent teaching and learning by providing equally for all university constituents on-site and remote access to relevant materials in support of the curriculum in any format, whether owned by/at JPLL or elsewhere;
-Encouraging through collections and access exploration of the broadest spectrum of viewpoints, constructs, cultures, beliefs and methodologies;
-Evaluating, selecting and teaching information sources and search strategies relevant to the SF State curriculum;
-Providing leadership to the University community in exploring and incorporating changing information technologies and formats;
-Supporting an understanding and appreciation of diversity through collections, programs, and instruction; and through recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff;
-Preserving cultural heritage through our unique primary source materials;
-Promoting, supporting and encouraging the transfer and sharing of information and knowledge within the broader community, and the sharing of intellectual and creative resources locally, regionally and internationally.


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:

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:

Cal State Open Journals
San Francisco State University participates with Cal State Open Journals which provides hosting for journals created and managed by The California State University. Cal State Open Journals includes several open access journals, including:

-The Toro Historical Review
-The PUMP Journal of Undergraduate Research
-Journal of Sustainability
-Journal of Transformative Leadership & Policy Studies
-Californian Journal of Health Promotion


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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