Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.30
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Missouri
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
0.00 / 2.00 Srinivasan Raghavan
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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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):
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 Missouri Sunshine Law was introduced in the General Assembly
as Senate Bill 1 in 1973. This was seven years after the Freedom of
Information Act was passed in Congress and the same year that the United
States Senate Watergate Committee conducted its hearings. With the passage
of Senate Bill 1, Missouri became one of the earliest advocates of ensuring
that meetings and records would be open to the public throughout all
aspects of government.
Missouri’s commitment to openness in government is clearly stated in §
610.011, RSMo, of the Sunshine Law: “It is the public policy of this state that
meetings, records, votes, actions, and deliberations of public governmental
bodies be open to the public unless otherwise provided by law. Sections
610.010 to 610.200 shall be liberally construed and their exceptions strictly
construed to promote this public policy.”
https://www.ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/publications/missourisunshinelaw.pdf?sfvrsn=4

a. As the library subscribes to certain journals, faculty either receive a discounted open access fee or no fee at all.
i. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences- MU researchers receive a discounted open access fee of $1000, compared to the $1350 regular fee.
ii. The American Chemical Society offers a discounted open access fee to MU affiliates.
iii. The Electrochemical Society- MU affiliates wanting to published in the Journal of Electrochemcial Society and ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology can publish open access at no charge. There are no limits on the number of papers.
iv. Water Environment Research- The open access fee is waived for MU affiliates


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

The Graduate School, which requires deposit of theses and dissertations, but does allow them to be restricted to local access if the author requests. MOspace also accommodates MU authors with federally grant-funded research who need to deposit their results in an open access repository, although many authors prefer discipline-based repositories like PubMed Central when available.

The libraries have hosted activities for Open Access Week each fall, and the library director has taken forward recommendations on open access policies and support, but no policy, author funding or recommendation has been approved by Faculty Council or the campus academic administration.

Aside from theses and dissertations, the content we have in MOspace has all been recruited or harvested individually.

a. MU doesn’t have an open access policy.
b. The repository available to use is MOspace
i. is a joint initiative of the University Libraries, the Office of Library Systems, and the Division of Information Technology. It is a permanent digital storehouse of research and knowledge, focusing on works created by those connected with the University of Missouri. MOspace is a place where faculty, staff and students can store their intellectual output, and depend upon a permanent URL.
ii. MOspace allows the library to preserve and provide open access to items in a more permanent way than posting to a website. The project uses DSpace, an open source application developed at MIT, which provides permanent URLs for documents deposited through it to the MOspace server. The Libraries are committed to this ongoing effort as part of the next generation of library collections.


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