Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.36
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

Smith College
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Rachael Wein
Assistant Director of Sustainability
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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:

Smith ScholarWorks is an institutional repository that provides permanent online access to advance scholarship and encourage the growth of scholarly communities through open access, quick discovery, and wide dissemination of scholarly and creative content by Smith College faculty, students, and staff.

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:

Adopted by the faculty on April 22, 2015

The Faculty of Smith College is committed to disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. This Open Access Policy establishes the terms under which Faculty members permit distribution of their scholarly articles via open access channels. This policy relies on Creative Commons licenses, which are simple methods that permit an author to grant specific copyright permissions without transferring copyright ownership.

Grant of Rights. Subject to the Faculty Member’s right to opt out of this policy, upon completion of the final manuscript of a scholarly article, the Faculty member grants Smith College permission to make the article available to scholars and the public under the Creative Commons CC BY License, which is the most permissive of the Creative Commons licenses.

Alternative Creative Commons License: As an alternative to the CC BY License, upon timely written direction by the Faculty member, Smith College will make the article at issue available under the CC BY-NC-ND License, which is the most restrictive of the Creative Commons licenses.

Submission of Copy: Faculty members are encouraged to provide the Library with an electronic copy of the article in final manuscript form, for inclusion in the digital repository. Articles should be provided in the format(s) (such as PDF) specified by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty. Faculty members recognize that articles may need to be re-formatted for purposes of posting and adding metadata.

Scope of Policy: This policy applies to all finalized scholarly articles authored or co-authored while the person is a member of the Faculty, except for any articles completed before the adoption of this policy and any articles for which the Faculty member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy.

Opt Out: The Provost/Dean of the Faculty or its designate will not apply this policy for a particular article, or delay open access to the article for a specified period of time, upon written direction by the relevant Faculty member. Any faculty member wishing to exempt all future articles from this policy may exercise a one-time blanket opt-out, which the faculty member may later revoke if desired.

Interpretation: The Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty will be responsible for interpreting this policy, resolving disputes concerning its interpretation and application, and, in consultation with the Committee on the Library, recommending changes to the Faculty from time to time.

The Faculty calls upon the Committee on the Library and the Provost to develop and monitor a plan for a service or mechanism that would render compliance with this policy as convenient for the Faculty as possible.


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:

We absolutely provide support and journal publishing options through ScholarWorks. As of early 2020, no one has used the opportunity! As this is a new initiative, our advertising of this service has not penetrated departments and faculty to whom we offer this service. We offer and promote the ability for journal publishing and have some examples of that.
We currently archive, for instance, the Kahn Chronicle, and Women in Science.

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:

Estimated percentage of peer-reviewed scholarly works published annually by the institution’s employees that are deposited in a designated open access repository From Dec. 2018 to Dec. 2019: approx. 75%

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