Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.41
Liaison David Tedder
Submission Date Sept. 30, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Kentucky
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Shane Tedder
Sustainability Coordinator
Office oF 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):
None / Don't Know

Which of the following best describes the open access policy? (Mandatory or Voluntary):
Mandatory (or mandatory with a waiver option)

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:

Starting Fall 2013, all University of Kentucky graduate students have to submit their theses/dissertations to UKnowledge (https://uknowledge.uky.edu/), University of Kentucky’s institutional repository, after their theses/dissertations have been approved and accepted by their committees. Deposited theses/dissertations are freely accessible online. The Graduate School honors students’ decision to impose an embargo on their theses/dissertations. However, such theses/dissertations will become freely accessible online upon expiration of the embargo.

A copy of the institution's open access policy:

The institution's open access policy:

The open access policy for graduate students is not formally documented but it is referenced in these two guides:
http://gradschool.uky.edu/electronic-thesis-defense (see Step 4 and submission checklist)
http://gradschool.uky.edu/electronic-dissertation-defense (see Step 4 and submission checklist)

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:

1. UK Libraries work with campus units to make their research outputs freely available online to anyone around the world who has Internet access. The content types include UK-based open access journals, research reports, theses, dissertations, capstone projects, conference proceedings, and annotated image galleries. Examples of these content types are available from the UKnowledge guide website provided below.

2. UK Libraries also work with individual researchers to increase the online visibility and availability of their publications that appear in journals and monographs. We investigate how the publishers of those communication vehicles handle copyright issues. If they allow authors to make their publications freely available online, we will post the authorized version on UKnowledge for free public access. We also aggregate a researcher's publications in a personalized profile so that readers can find and gain open access to the researcher's publications in one place. Profiles created for UK researchers (including faculty and graduate students) are listed alphabetically in this gallery: http://uknowledge.uky.edu/sw_gallery.html

3. When UK Libraries subscribes to "traditional" journals, some publishers may give UK authors a discount of the open access charge if the authors decide to pursue the open access option offered by the subscription-based journals. In other words, the discount is a kind of benefit that comes with the library's subscription of the journals.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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