Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.22
Liaison Olivia Wiebe
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Idaho
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ben Hunter
Dean of University Libraries
University of Idaho 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 University of Idaho Library assists in the preservation, collection, and dissemination of scholarly work. Faculty, staff, and graduate students can deposit their research and scholarship - unpublished or published - directly into our Institutional Repository.

All theses and dissertations deposited from Spring 2014 onward are available in our repository.

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:


Must be accepted for publication before submitting an OAPF application
Funding per article is capped at $2000.00

Must be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Must utilize peer-review
Must make articles fully open upon publication
Journal Publishers
Must be members of, or comply with, the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA)
We use DOAJ and OASPA membership criteria to verify that publishers and journals adhere to responsible, sustainable, and non-exploitative publishing behavior.

Please note that “hybrid journals,” journals that charge subscription fees to readers but offer authors the option to pay an article processing charge (APC) to publish their article open access, are ineligible for funding from the U of I - OAPF.

Open access membership fees, such as PeerJ Memberships, will be considered on a case-by-case basis if other eligibility requirements are met.

Author Criteria
Current U of I faculty, staff, researchers, and enrolled students are eligible to apply for the OAPF
Funding per author is capped at $3000.00 per fiscal year
Authors may apply for funding multiple times until their cap is met or funds are exhausted
Applicants must be current U of I affiliates throughout the application, award, and payment/reimbursement process. Cases in which an applicant leaves or graduates from the U of I during the award or payment/reimbursement process will be referred to the Dean of Libraries for review and final decision.

Multi-Authored Works
Multi-authored works with more than one U of I author will be prorated by dividing the total requested article processing charges (APCs), up to the $2,000.00 per article maximum, by the number of eligible U of I authors. Each eligible U of I author can receive up to the prorated portion of the APC (subject to their individual author cap); non U of I authors are not included in this calculation.

For example, if an article with an APC of $2,000.00 had four eligible U of I authors and one non-U of I author, the APC ($2,000.00) would be divided by the number of eligible U of I authors (4), resulting in each U of I author receiving $500.00 of funding towards their per fiscal year author cap and the entire APC being paid or reimbursed by the U of I - OAPF, pending funding availability.

External Funding
Priority will be given to OAPF applications without other sources of funding available.

We strongly encourage researchers to request funding for open access publications from their funding agency if they can do so. Authors with sufficient funding from grants or contracts are encouraged to use those funds to allow others to share in the benefit of open publications.

Conditions for Funded Articles
Funded authors must include the following statement in their article’s acknowledgments section: “Publication of this article was funded by the University of Idaho - Open Access Publishing Fund.”

Funded authors must also deposit a copy of their funded article in the U of I institutional repository (IR).

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:

We provide basic hosting using Open Journal Systems and other software on an as-needed basis to members of the U of I community. Examples include The Journal of Rangeland Applications: https://thejra.nkn.uidaho.edu/index.php/jra and Fugue: https://fuguejournal.com

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:

Think Open Fellowship: http://open.lib.uidaho.edu/. A mini-grant fellowship program to encourage faculty to transition courses to using open educational resources.

VIVO: https://vivo.nkn.uidaho.edu/vivo/

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.