Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.58
Liaison James Gordon
Submission Date March 3, 2015
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Thompson Rivers University
AC-11: Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 James Gordon
Environmental Programs and Research Coordinator
TRU Office of Environment and Sustainability
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Total number of institutional divisions (e.g. schools, colleges, departments) that produce research:
8

Number of divisions covered by a policy assuring open access to research:
0

A brief description of the open access policy, including the date adopted and repository(ies) used:

There is no institution-wide policy. Most faculties/schools have their own system for making faculty/staff research accessible to the public, which is focused on directing interested parties to their respective websites.


A copy of the open access policy:
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The open access policy:
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The website URL where the open access repository is available:
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A brief description of how the institution’s library(ies) support open access to research:

The TRU Library is taking the lead to establish an institution-wide TRU open access policy and repository. It is currently supporting open access to research in the following five ways:
• TRU’s head librarian sits on the BC Institutional Repository Network Advisory Committee, a provincial group looking at a shared solution for establishing institutional repositories at smaller schools (such as TRU) who have neither the full funds nor the local expertise to set up their own independent repository. The goal of that group is to have a vendor/solution identified by February 2015 (draft timeline) with implementation beginning by March 31, 2015.
• By participating in the event Open Access Week 2014 (http://www.openaccessweek.org/)
• By assigning librarians to act as liaisons with each of the eight TRU faculties in order to facilitate discussions around issues to do with such things as open access and how to come up with solutions that make sense for each faculty.
• To offer expertise re the issue of avoiding predatory open access journals, which have flourished in the past several years. (These publishers offer supposed quick publication for often-times high fees and low quality publications).
• By beginning a review process on its collection development policies; which will include what its expectations and responsibilities should be as it relates to open access.


The website URL where information about open access to the institution's research is available:
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