Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.51
Liaison Aurora Sharrard
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Pittsburgh
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Ciara Stehley
Sustainability Program Assistant
Office of PittServes
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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:

D-Scholarship@Pitt is an institutional repository for the research output of the University of Pittsburgh. D-Scholarship@Pitt provides stable, long-term storage and ongoing maintenance for content contained within the repository. Materials are submitted directly by authors with an active University of Pittsburgh computer account. Submissions are restricted to scholarly research materials. Examples of items that this repository can accommodate include:
• Research papers, published or unpublished
• Conference papers and presentations
• Supporting multimedia (audio, video, images, etc.)
• Research data
• Electronic Theses and Dissertations

D-Scholarship@Pitt is designed to increase discovery of Pitt research by allowing indexing by Google and other major internet search engines, the Pennsylvania Digital Library, and PITTCat+.

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:

The University of Pittsburgh does not require open access publication, but it is offered and advertised to every researcher at the University of Pittsburgh.

Pitt University Library System (ULS) Services for Open Access include:
• D-Scholarship@Pitt (see above), our repository for work open and discoverable no matter the publication outlet.
• ULS Subject Specialists who can help researchers find Open Access journals or publishers for their work.
• ULS fund to help with publication costs for Open Access publishers.
• Pitt Open Library Publishing - Pitt's Open Access journal publisher in the University Library System that publishes more than 40 scholarly, peer-reviewed online journals with partners from the Pitt community as well as scholars from around the world.
• Entire Pitt ULS website focused on Open Access @ Pitt and around the world: https://pitt.libguides.com/openaccess
• ULS Copyright and licensing expertise to help researchers with questions about author rights, contracts, reusability, and more.
• Policy development and advocacy, including school or departmental Open Access policy development, funder mandates, and Open Scholarship initiatives.

Reference: https://www.library.pitt.edu/open-access

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:

The University of Pittsburgh's University Library System (ULS) offers an Open Access Author Fee Fund, with funds are available for faculty, staff, postdoctoral associates, and students. Funds cover the processing fees associated with publishing in open access journals, including publication fees and page charges.

Eligible publications must be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (unless the journal is too new for DOAJ eligibility) OR be a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. It must also have a publicly posted standard fee schedule.

As an added service, the ULS will deposit a copy of funded works in the University of Pittsburgh’s institutional repository, D-Scholarship@Pitt.

Reference: https://www.library.pitt.edu/open-access-author-fee-fund-policy

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 Pittsburgh's University Library System (ULS) is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and the Library Publishing Coalition. Pitt's ULS publishes more than 40 scholarly, peer-reviewed online journals with partners from the Pitt community as well as scholars from around the world. The full list of ULS Open Access journals is online here: https://library.pitt.edu/publications

Pitt's ULS also offers the Scholarly Exchange service, a hosting-only service using Open Journal Systems, for Open Access journals that prefer to publish on their own or that do not meet ULS selection criteria.

Reference: https://library.pitt.edu/e-journals

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:

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