Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.58
Liaison Steve Mital
Submission Date May 18, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of Oregon
AC-11: Access to Research

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Total number of institutional divisions (e.g. schools, colleges, departments) that produce research:

Number of divisions covered by a policy assuring open access to research:

A brief description of the open access policy, including the date adopted and repository(ies) used:

Scholars' Bank is the open access repository for the intellectual work of faculty, students and staff at the University of Oregon. Open access journals, student projects, theses, dissertations, pre- and post-print articles, instructional resources and university archival material are all candidates for deposit. Because we do not have an institution-wide open access mandate, we cannot ensure that all future scholarly articles by faculty and staff will be published as open access. This being said, nearly all federal agencies now require open access for products of sponsored research. Choice of open access platform may vary.If a field has a strong disciplinary repository, researchers typically publish in those rather than (or in addition to) the UO Libraries-hosted Scholars' Bank. The UO Libraries supports institutional participation in ArXiv through a consortial membership in the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA). The Romance Languages and UO Libraries enacted their open access policy on July 7, 2009; our primary open access platform, the Scholars' Bank institutional repository, has been in place since 2003.

A copy of the open access policy:
The open access policy:

The license agreement reproduced here is the one that authors see when they are handling their own submissions to Scholars' Bank. When the Library is handling submissions on behalf of authors, the authors should fill out either the Student Permission Form or the Faculty Permission Form online.

The intent of the this license agreement is to give the Libraries permission to post the material openly on the Web and to take the necessary steps to preserve the material.

Authors who submit their work to Scholars' Bank retain the copyright to their work, unless they explicitly give it away to a third party. The University of Oregon Libraries do not seek or claim copyright on any of the works submitted to Scholars' Bank.

A non-exclusive distribution license means that authors may formally publish their work and/or make other copies of their work available on other web sites or through other means without obtaining permission from the Libraries.

The Libraries charge no fee for the service and collect no revenue from the archive.

The following paragraphs reproduce the text of the license agreement that authors must approve as part of the process of submitting material to Scholars' Bank.

The website URL where the open access repository is available:
A brief description of how the institution’s library(ies) support open access to research:

Scholars' Bank is an open-access digital archive for the scholarly output of the University of Oregon community. Its mission is to preserve and make more widely available the intellectual output of the University of Oregon's faculty, staff, and students. It also serves as an archive of historical and other materials that support the University's academic mission. Open access journals, student projects, theses, dissertations, pre and post-print articles, instructional resources and university archival material are all candidates for deposit.

Per Graduate School policy, all theses and dissertations are automatically added to Scholars' Bank at no charge. Authors have the option of an embargo period of up to two years. After the embargo period, the works are available as open access.

The website URL where information about open access to the institution's research is available:

We have not charged UO researchers who choose to share their datasets as open resources in the repository, and we encourage the deposit of data and other supplementary files related to theses and dissertations.

Romance Languages and UO Libraries faculty are subject to the open access mandates mentioned above. We do not have an institution-wide open access mandate, but as mentioned in the earlier response, nearly all federal agencies (and many private foundations) now require open access distribution of research products. This increasingly includes data as well as publications per se, and the library offers pre-award consultation for data management plans as well as open access publishing. In addition to or instead of Scholars' Bank, researchers may opt to publish their work in open access disciplinary repositories such as ArXiv.org.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.