Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 30.46
Liaison Caitlin Jillson
Submission Date Oct. 11, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Southern New Hampshire University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00
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How many of the institution’s research-producing divisions are covered by a published open access policy that ensures that versions of future scholarly articles by faculty and staff are deposited in a designated open access repository? (All, Some or None):

Which of the following best describes the open access policy? (Mandatory or Voluntary):
Voluntary (strictly opt-in)

Does the institution provide financial incentives to support faculty members with article processing and other open access publication charges?:

A brief description of the open access policy, including the date adopted, any incentives or supports provided, and the repository(ies) used:

The purpose of the SNHU Academic Archive is to preserve and make accessible the intellectual output of Southern New Hampshire University and encourage an open-access environment. The Academic Archive supports the Shapiro Library’s mission “to promote successful academic careers and lifelong learning through the delivery of information and instruction using innovative services and technologies.” In 2008, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded a three-year grant to Southern New Hampshire University to create an open-source, open access repository of student and faculty papers from the School of Community Economic Development and the International Business program. These collections include important field-recorded research data sets, master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, and working papers concerning low-income and marginalized communities around the globe. They are principally in English. The first two years of the grant, 2009-2010, focus primarily on student work from the School of Community Economic Development. Year three will involve digitization of faculty papers and dissertations from the International Business program. The Academic Archive also strives to acquire resources related to the intellectual output of the university, including student and faculty papers, newsletters, speeches, campus symposia, and student publications. During the IMLS grant period, the student theses from the School of Community Economic Development and the International Business program’s faculty papers have top priority. The Academic Archive is maintained by the Shapiro Library and Computing Resources and is powered by DSpace open-source software. It provides open access, long-term digital preservation, and full-text searching for institutional resources. Items in the Academic Archive are accessible not only from the Academic Archive, but also from the Shapiro Library online catalog, WorldCat, the OpenDOAR repository collection website, and even a well-phrased Google search.

A copy of the institution's open access policy:
The institution's open access policy:

SNHU has a voluntary open-access policy which covers research submissions from students, faculty, and administration. The Academic Archive Policies encourage open access for student and employee research submissions. The SNHU Academic Archive is an online institutional repository providing open, worldwide access to faculty and student research and materials related to the history of the University. The Academic Archive was initially made possible by a $500,000 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Collection highlights include:

Community Economic Development Thesis Projects
The McIninch Art Gallery Permanent Collection
Center for Financial Studies Working Papers
MFA Creative Theses

The website URL where the open access repository is available:
Estimated percentage of scholarly articles published annually by the institution’s faculty and staff that are deposited in a designated open access repository (0-100):

A brief description of how the institution’s library(ies) support open access to research:

The library maintains the Academic Archive repository and also promotes access to open education resources for use in courses through education and guides: http://libguides.snhu.edu/ or http://libguides.snhu.edu/oerenv

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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