Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.45
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Louisville
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Sarah Frankel
Open Access and Repository Coordinator
Libraries - Archives & Special Collections
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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:
ThinkIR is an open-access digital repository that provides worldwide access to the scholarship of the University of Louisville community. Through ThinkIR, faculty and graduates can highlight their scholarship, accomplishments, and successes as researchers for a global audience, increasing their visibility and making new connections. As a core commitment of University Libraries, ThinkIR also preserves that scholarship for future researchers. ThinkIR currently includes student dissertations, theses, faculty publications, and freestanding open access journals produced at or hosted by the University of Louisville.

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:
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.

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:

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:
The University of Louisville’s Institutional Repository, ThinkIR, hosts and provides publishing support for the following open access journals at https://ir.library.louisville.edu/peer_review_list.html:

Cardinal Compositions
Cardinal Compositions is an online, open-access journal that annually features outstanding written and multimodal work from UofL undergraduate students in Composition Program courses. We invite you to use this volume as a classroom resource by assigning these essays as readings and by consulting the assignment sheets as inspiration for your own prompts.

The Cardinal Edge
The Cardinal Edge is UofL's only peer-reviewed multidisciplinary undergraduate research journal aimed to showcase and celebrate the novel student research conducted at UofL. TCE aims to prepare undergraduate students for future publishing endeavors by allowing students to participate as both submitters and editors.

Grawemeyer Colloquium Papers
Grawemeyer Colloquium Papers will continue to honor the legacy of H. Charles Grawemeyer, and form the backbone of an annual “Grawemeyer Colloquium” held at the University of Louisville by housing a collection of colloquium papers in journal form. This will allow public access to the colloquium papers generated from the original work of undergraduate and graduate researchers which have been accepted and presented at an annual Grawemeyer Colloquium.

Journal of Refugee & Global Health
The journal was founded as a home for high-quality content, including original research, case studies, program reviews, and editorials from experts in a wide range of disciplines - all designed to help inform practitioners, researchers, and students regarding happenings in practice across the globe.

Journal of Student Financial Aid
The Journal of Student Financial Aid (JSFA) is a scholarly, peer-reviewed outlet featuring works of significance in all areas pertaining to the finance of higher education, especially student financial aid. Our mission is to bring scholarly work to bear on the practice and theory of providing financial assistance to students pursuing postsecondary education. We invite the submission of manuscripts that report original research findings; editorial opinions on policy issues; book reviews; and research in progress on promising practices or policies. We encourage submissions from diverse methodological and conceptual perspectives with implications for the practice of financial aid administration. Although the focus of the Journal has historically been on financial aid in the United States, we welcome the submission of comparative and international work.

Journal of Wellness
Welcome to the Journal of Wellness, an open access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the scholarly pursuit of wellness for first responders and healthcare professionals and personnel. JWellness will publish research and editorials to enhance resilience, physical strength, nutritional completeness, disease prevention, and mental health. Accepted journal articles are assigned DOIs, deposited in Global LOCKSS for permanent archiving, and compiled into yearly volumes. Articles are accepted following a double-blind peer review by at least two external reviewers and approval by the editors-in-chief. Article reviewers are selected from members of the editorial board, section editors and invited reviewers. The Journal of Wellness is indexed with Google Scholar published through the University of Louisville's Institutional Repository powered by bepress. JWellness is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, and we will apply for indexing in PubMed after 50 publications. There are no article processing or publication charges of any kind. Also, all articles published with the Journal of Wellness are freely available.

Sustain Magazine
Sustain Magazine is an environmental health focused publication from the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute that features discussion and research about sustainability issues and solutions. It is a resource for faculty, staff, students, and research partners designed to contribute to greater understanding and appreciation of environmental health research across the University community, public and private decision-makers in Louisville and across the United States.

Undergraduate Research Events
The University of Louisville provides a range of undergraduate research opportunities across disciplines. From the sciences and humanities to business and education, students can gain practical experience in their fields of interest and conduct their own research projects.

The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections
The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections is a peer-reviewed open access medical journal that focuses on the wide range of medical disciplines related to respiratory infections. The journal is owned and operated by the University of Louisville and subsidized by the University of Louisville and the Robley Rex VA Medical Center Clinical Research Foundation. The University of Louisville provides complete editorial freedom to the Editor-in-chief and editorial board of the journal. This journal does not charge article processing/publishing charges (APCs) or submission charges. We strongly believe that investigators submitting significant research should not be required to pay for article processing fees.

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
It is difficult to accurately estimate the percentage of published works deposited in an open access repository, but we know it is very low. For instance, we know 42 articles were deposited in ThinkIR in calendar year 2020, but we do not know how many total articles UofL publishes annually.

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