Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.77
Liaison Andrew Porter
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Cincinnati
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Daniel Hart
Sustainability Coordinator
Planning + Design + Construction
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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:

Scholar@UC is a digital repository that enables the University of Cincinnati community to share its research and scholarly work with a worldwide audience. Faculty and staff can use Scholar@UC to collect their work in one location and create a durable and cite-able record of their papers, presentations, publications, datasets, or other scholarly creations. Students, through an approved process, may contribute capstone projects such as senior design projects, theses, and dissertations.

The mission of Scholar@UC is to preserve the permanent intellectual output of UC, to advance discovery and innovation, to foster scholarship and learning through the transformation of data into knowledge, to collect a corpus of works that can be used for teaching and to inspire derivative works, and to enhance discoverability and access to these resources.

Scholar@UC is an open source, agile development project supported in partnership by the University of Cincinnati Libraries and IT@UC. Our source code repository is found on github.com in two places: our application code and a Ruby on Rails engine. Our application is built on top of Samvera, a repository framework used by institutions worldwide to provide access to their digital content, and an open source community to facilitate shared software development.

The development of Scholar@UC is aided by a group of early adopters who help to prioritize new developments.

In addition, there is the Ohio Digital Resource Commons (DRC), an initiative of OhioLINK and its member libraries. The DRC is a service that collects, preserves, and distributes digital material. Repositories are important tools for preserving an organization's legacy and for providing access to unique collections; they facilitate digital preservation and scholarly communication.

The Ohio Digital Resource Commons is a network of centrally hosted repositories that enables institutions to save, discover and share, free of charge, the instructional, research, historic and creative materials produced by the University System of Ohio and Ohio's liberal arts colleges.

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:
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 of Cincinnati (UC) is a participant in a new pilot program to offer a central fund to offset Open Access APC 's for the members of OhioLink, a library consortium of which UC is a member that serves 118 libraries and 89 Ohio colleges and universities. The pilot began in early December 2019 and was initially scheduled to run through May 31, 2020 or until funds ran out; all of the funds were expended by January 16, 2020. In this round, the University of Cincinnati approved eight requests, for a total of $23,490 of APC funds. UC authors included seven faculty members and one PhD student, from the following departments: CECH-Human Services, CECH-Information Technology, Medicine-Pediatrics, Nursing Research (PhD student), Medicine-Otolaryngology, Medicine-Pediatric-Pharmacology, A&S-Political Science, and Medicine–Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience. UC is now awaiting OhioLink findings and recommendations regarding whether and/or how to continue the program, given the clear demand for such a 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:

Journals@UC is a platform for journal publishing using Open Journal Systems (OJS) software. OJS provides management tools that support and help to automate the publishing process for journals. Journals@UC can also provide long-term storage and online access to published journal content.

Online, open access journals are encouraged, but not required for participation. This service is provided by the University of Cincinnati Libraries and UC Information Technology. At least two OA journals are supported through this service: the Journal for Research and Practice in College Teaching, and the Focus on German Studies. This service is provided by the University of Cincinnati Libraries and UC Information Technology. Learn more at https://journals.uc.edu/

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:

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