Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.07
Liaison Matt Wolsfeld
Submission Date March 5, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Saskatchewan
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Matt Wolsfeld
Community Engagement Co-ordinator
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 collegium of librarians and archivists at the University of Saskatchewan agree to deposit the output of our scholarly activities in eCommons@USASK, subject to copyright restrictions. This commitment applies to all forms of published scholarly work produced from the date of
adoption, including:
a) books/book chapters
b) journal articles
c) conference proceedings
d) reviews
Deposit of material published prior to adoption of this commitment, and of other forms of scholarly work such as substantial presentations or reports, is encouraged. University of Saskatchewan librarians and archivists will also make a conscientious effort to publish in open access venues, where possible.

Options for financial support for open access include:
• Publications Fund from University of Saskatchewan Research Services: Up to $1000, and possibly $1500, per faculty member/year..
• NRC Research Press (Canadian Science Publishing): U of S authors publishing in NRC journals are eligible for a reduced fee of $1500 per article for the OpenArticle option.
• BioMed Central: The University Library pays a membership to BioMed Central; U of S authors receive a 15% discount on APCs.
• Royal Society of Chemistry: U of S authors publishing in an RSC journal can make their article OA for free. The RSC has provided the University Library with a limited number of vouchers for this purpose.

The university also maintains Harvest, a technology and service platform (institutional repository) that contributes to the mission of the University community by enabling sharing and long-term preservation of research, scholarly, and artistic works. Although still early in development, HARVEST will serve the public good by promoting and connecting discovery of open access content to the world. HARVEST also provides a convenient way for researchers to deposit their research in an open access repository to meet the requirements of various funding agencies. It also functions as the digital repository for the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies electronic theses collection. Faculty at the university can upload their research to HARVEST voluntarily at the website.

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

All researchers fund by tri-agency grants are covered by: http://www.science.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=F6765465-1

University's Publishing fund can be used to support open access:

Harvest Research Archive:

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:

University of Saskatchewan librarians and archivists make a conscientious effort to publish in open access venues.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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