Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.27
Liaison Prabhakar Shrestha
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2018
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University of Nebraska - Lincoln
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Cale Brodersen
Graduate Assistant
UNL 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):

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?:

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 Nebraska–Lincoln Digital Common Repository was established in 2005 and has grown to become the second largest institutional repository for faculty research in the United State. It hosts more than 93,000 documents, including 14,000 dissertations, and 79,000 faculty articles, monographs, reviews, white papers, technical reports, conference presentations, musical scores, and creative works.

The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska protects the copyright ownership of the authors of any scholarly communication. Therefore participation in this program is not mandatory. However, the Faculty senate endorses open access and the Digital Commons Institutional Repository, and encourages all faculty to use the service.

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

List of Open Access Policy initiatives passed by faculty, staff, and students can be found at http://www.unl.edu/gsa/national.shtml

See below:
[Text of the UNL Faculty Senate resolution]

Resolution on Digital Commons Institutional Repository
The Research Council to the Faculty Senate:
Whereas — Many members of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty from every college have taken advantage of services offered by the Libraries to create and populate a very successful institutional repository, the UNL Digital Commons, now containing more than 27,000 open-access items of faculty and student research, including articles, original monographs, and journals, as well as more than 11,000 dissertations, and
whereas — this repository is one of the largest academic institutional repositories in the United States, is accessed from more than 150 countries, and is indexed by Google and other major search engines, and
whereas — online open-access electronic dissemination of scholarship is an extremely effective way to enhance the visibility, recognition, and reach of faculty research,
be it resolved — that the participating faculty are to be congratulated for their support and use of the institutional repository and that all faculty are to be encouraged to take advantage of these services.

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:

Librarians find and harvest accessible versions of faculty articles in the institutional repository.

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

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