Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.50
Liaison Derek Nichols
Submission Date May 17, 2022

STARS v2.2

University at Buffalo
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Christopher Hollister
Head of Scholarly Communication
UB Libraries
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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:

The UB Institutional Repository (UBIR) collects, preserves, and distributes the University’s research and scholarship. UBIR is a group of collections of open access full-text articles, preprints, reports, audio mp3 files, images, datasets, and video clips produced by UB researchers and students.

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 University’s Open Access Policy for Scholarly and Creative Works is an opt-in policy.

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:

The University Libraries (UL) are a partner in the Toward an Open Monographic Ecosystem (TOME) initiative: https://www.openmonographs.org/. TOME is a five-year pilot project of the Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of University Presses. The pilot is built on participating colleges and universities and on participating university presses. Participating institutions commit to providing baseline grants of up to $15,000 to support the publication of open access monographs. Participating university presses commit to producing digital open access editions of TOME volumes, openly licensing them under Creative Commons licenses, and depositing the files in selected open repositories. As a TOME partner, the UL provides subvention funding for the production of open access versions of scholarly monographs authored by UB scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

The Libraries are also a partner in the Public Library of Science (PLOS) Community Action Publishing (CAP) initiative: https://plos.org/resources/community-action-publishing/. CAP is the first sustainable open access solution that protects authors from the rising costs of selectivity; ultimately the goal is to eliminate APCs for all authors. With CAP, cost to publish is assessed based on publication needs of both corresponding and contributing authors, and therefore the cost of publishing is distributed equitably among representative institutions. The UL commits subvention funding by way of a yearly flat fee, ensuring the UB authors receive access to unlimited publishing opportunities in the journals PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, and PLOS Sustainability and Transformation.

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:

A brief description of the open access journal hosting services.
The Libraries publishing and open access journal hosting initiative is a fledgling enterprise. Presently, the Libraries hosts one scholarly journal: The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections (https://readingroom.lib.buffalo.edu/). The Libraries is currently exploring two platforms for growing this initiative to accommodate the needs of UB scholars: Digital Commons (https://bepress.com/products/digital-commons/) and Ubiquity Press (https://www.ubiquitypress.com/). The Libraries is also in the process of hiring a Scholarly Publishing Librarian who will manage this undertaking.

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:

Percentage of peer reviewed scholarly works harvested from the Web of Science and Dimensions databases by way of the State University of New York’s Office of Library Services.

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