Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.24
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Louisville
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Justin Mog
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Office of the Provost
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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):
Some

Which of the following best describes the open access policy? (Mandatory or Voluntary):
Voluntary (strictly opt-in)

Does the institution provide financial incentives to support faculty members with article processing and other open access publication charges?:
No

A brief description of the open access policy, including the date adopted, any incentives or supports provided, and the repository(ies) used:

The University of Louisville’s open access collection policy was adopted in 2015 along with the creation of UofL’s Institutional Repository, ThinkIR - an open access digital archive of scholarly work created by the UofL community. This collection is part of the Digital Commons Network™ and provides free, global access to its contents. It is picked up by many web search engines, including Google Scholar. ThinkIR preserves and disseminates works of enduring merit for future generations of scholars making them available to a worldwide audience of scholars and researchers.
ThinkIR is organized by colleges/schools and departments of the University of Louisville. ThinkIR showcases worldwide the research and creative work of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Louisville. Examples of these types of scholarly effort include:
• journal articles
• conference posters/presentations/proceedings
• technical reports/working papers
• Graduate theses, dissertations, and capstones and undergraduate honor theses
Faculty may deposit works as defined by their unit’s Personnel Document. Staff may deposit these types of material if created in the course of their work assignment. Graduate theses, dissertations, and capstones and undergraduate honor theses are deposited by students in accordance with their respective program requirements. Please see the Guidelines for the Preparation and Processing of Theses and Dissertations (School of Interdisciplinary & Graduate Studies) and the Procedures and Standards for Master of Engineering Theses (J. B. Speed School of Engineering) for additional information.


A copy of the institution's open access policy:
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The institution's open access policy:

Open Access Collection Policy
The University of Louisville’s Institutional Repository, ThinkIR, welcomes scholarly work created by faculty, staff, and students of the University of Louisville (UofL). ThinkIR, is an open access digital archive of scholarly work created by the UofL community. This collection is part of the Digital Commons Network™ and provides free, global access to its contents.
Copyright & Intellectual Property
Faculty, staff and student authors contributing scholarship to ThinkIR retain copyright in their submitted works, permitting them to freely reuse the content elsewhere as detailed more specifically in the required Nonexclusive License Agreement. The license agreement grants the University of Louisville the non-exclusive right to reproduce and distribute the submission electronically to support sharing the scholarship worldwide. Contributing authors must confirm that their submissions reflect their original work and that they hold sufficient rights and permissions to grant the nonexclusive license. Typically, that outcome requires that faculty members either hold direct copyright in the scholarship through their authorship or retain sufficient rights under a publication agreement to grant those nonexclusive rights to UofL. Contributing authors also hold sole responsibility for complying with copyright and all other legal requirements governing the creation and sharing of their scholarship, including any collaborations with co-authors.
Withdrawal Policy
In general, once submissions have been approved and posted in ThinkIR, they cannot be removed as they constitute a permanent record of the scholarly output of the University of Louisville community.
However, the University Libraries acknowledge that there may be instances when it may be necessary to remove items from the repository. We reserve the right to withdraw items, and will strive to provide post-notification of that withdrawal if possible or permissible.


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):
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A brief description of how the institution’s library(ies) support open access to research:

The University Libraries have multiple databases including: ABI/Inform, CINAHL, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO Academic, EDLINE (OVID), Naxos Music Library, ProQuest Direct, PsycINFO, PubMed, Social Services Abstracts, Social Work Abstracts Plus, Sociological Collections, UpToDate, Web is Science, and WorldCat to name some of the major ones. The Library also participated in the InterLibrary Loan Program where faculty, staff and students may procure research that is not located at the university.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The total number of institutional divisions (e.g. schools, colleges, departments) that produce research at UofL is as follows:
12 colleges and 59 departments

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