Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.01
Liaison Meghna Tare
Submission Date April 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at Arlington
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Meghna Tare
Office of Sustainability
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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:

The University of Texas at Arlington's open access institutional repository, ResearchCommons, manages scholarly resources for UTA scholars and beyond.

The repository is an important tool for preserving and showcasing the university's legacy. A service of UTA Libraries, ResearchCommons houses research output produced by UTA’s community of scholars, as well as materials from the University Archives and Special Collections, and makes both openly and freely available to local, national, and global audiences.

Content deposited in ResearchCommons is stored in a robust and reliable digital environment with stable, permanent URLs. As such, ResearchCommons provides essential infrastructure for scholarly dissemination and increases the scholarly impact of UTA faculty, students, and researchers.

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:

While no official policy exists, the UT Arlington Libraries encourages all faculty to publish their scholarly work in an Open Access repository.

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:

UTA has entered into Transformative OA Agreements with Cambridge University Press (CUP) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), which cover publication in CUP or ACM’s journals. During the pilot period (2021-2023), the subscription fee paid to the publishers is partially used to cover the Article Processing Charge (APC) for publishing articles in OA journals and hybrid journals with an OA option. In other words, all publications from corresponding authors from UTA published during the term in CUP or ACM journals, conference proceedings and magazines will be made Open Access at the time of publication at no cost to UTA scholars.

Mavs Open Press offers no-cost services for scholars who wish to publish a new open-access journal or for those who would like to convert an existing print journal that has traditional copyright.

The UTA CARES Grant Program, sponsored by UTA Libraries, was established in 2017 to support educators interested in practicing open education through the adoption of OER and, when no suitable open resource is available, through the creation of new OER or the adoption of library-licensed or other free content. Additionally, the program promotes innovation in teaching and learning through the exploration of open educational practices, such as collaborating with students to produce educational content of value to a wider community. All awards are competitive.

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:

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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