Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.40
Liaison Madeline Schuh
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Pennsylvania
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Madeline Schuh
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities and Real Estate Services
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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?:
Yes

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

A Committee on Open Access Publishing was appointed by the Provost and Senior Vice Provost for Research in December 2009 to examine open access publishing practices and to make recommendations for establishing procedures that better serve the Penn community and the general public. These recommendations were adopted by the Faculty Senate in May 2011. For a full description, see The Almanac March 3, 2010, Volume 56, Number 26 at http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n03/openaccess.html http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n03/openaccess.html


A copy of the institution's open access policy:
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The institution's open access policy:
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 "Penn Libraries Open Access Fund" supports new experiments in scholarly publishing. The libraries support Penn scholars who want to make their publications openly accessible to all readers immediately upon publication by paying reasonable publication fees required by open-access journals.

The Penn Libraries provide "Open Access Publication Fund" subsidies to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until all of the designated funds for the academic year have been used. Successful applicants have up to $3,000 per article reimbursed upon the submission of a receipt and proof of payment. The Director for Collections and Liaison Services leads the distribution process.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The University of Pennsylvania is a major research institution, with over 3,000 degrees granted annually from twelve professional and academic schools at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate levels. Penn is committed to teaching environmental sustainability, with a goal to make climate change and sustainability part of the curriculum and educational experience available to all Penn students. (Penn's 2009 "Climate Action Plan".). This submission documents Penn's efforts during the FY17 year and compares them to the FY14 baseline year which corresponds with the University's "Climate Action Plan. 2.0". The submission relies on information related to the main, academic, West Philadelphia campus, but to more fully document efforts across the Penn system, information related to the Morris Arboretum and New Bolton has also been included and noted as outside the boundary in descriptions. The information is used to enrich examples of University efforts and is not intended to be the primary justification for credits. The responses for each of the questions and sub-questions are drawn from University materials, both internal and public documents. Each section notes the website where the information can be found.

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