Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.67
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Mark Lichtenstein
Executive Director of Sustainability
Energy and Sustainability
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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:

ESF Libraries offers the institutional repository service, and encourages the use of "Digital Commons @ ESF" (http://digitalcommons.esf.edu/), an open access digital repository and publication platform designed to collect, preserve, and make accessible the scholarly output of ESF faculty, students, staff, and affiliates.

The College Library and library faculty/staff actively encourages the use of these resource and actively supports and promotes the population and use of digital commons. Support includes collaborating with faculty to deposit work, informing the campus community about authors' rights, occasionally paying APCs, and financial support of the creation and dissemination of open access textbooks and OERs.

A copy of the institution's open access policy:

The institution's open access policy:

To best represent the spectrum of ESF’s scholarly communications: Digital Commons @ ESF maintains an inclusive collection policy based on the principle of open access, which emphasizes broad electronic dissemination of scholarly works. Members of the ESF community interested in submitting materials should review the policies and guidelines below prior to submission.

Appropriate content may be added following the guidelines below:

- The work must be original, produced and submitted, or sponsored by a faculty, staff, student, organization or department of ESF.
- The work must be creative, scholarly in nature, research oriented, or of institutional significance.
- The work should have lasting value for the college’s history, mission, or body of scholarly work.
- The author must own the copyright to all components and content within the work, or have received and shown permission to have the material available in Digital Commons.
- The author or representative of the organization or department must accept the terms & conditions that are presented upon submission prior to material being uploaded to the repository, granting ESF the right to distribute and preserve the material via Digital Commons @ ESF.
- Content submitted by students will require the approval of a faculty mentor or sponsor involved in the creation of the work.

Contributors may include non-affiliated scholars if they are co-authoring with ESF authors, are affiliated closely with the college, or are submitting via an ESF-sponsored publication, conference, or event. Although most content is open access, some material may be available only to current college faculty, staff and students, or may be the subject of a publishing embargo for a fixed period. Links will not be made to content that exists on other websites or through subscription databases. However, when work is available on other repositories it may be acceptable to link to that content. The work must be in digital form, including supplementary materials. Ideally, all of the digital components of a submission will be provided as a set.
A wide range of file formats is accepted (including text files, datasets, audio files, and video files) and there is no formal limit to size of material.

The Library will work with authors to ensure appropriate file types are used.

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 website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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