Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date June 14, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Jim Walker
Director of Sustainability, Financial, and Administrative Services
University Operations
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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 modest plan to induce UT Libraries staff to deposit articles and conference papers into Texas ScholarWorks, the university’s digital repository, was approved in fall 2016 by Provost Maurie McInnis.

The policy applies only to UT Libraries staff, and is non-exclusive meaning that staff are free to continue submitting work to outside publishing organizations in tandem with submissions to the local repository. It is immediately effective and does not apply to previously published or authored materials.

Students can support OA by asking their professors if they publish their work openly – either in open access journals or in an openly available archive. You can also deposit your own work in the University of Texas at Austin online archive called Texas ScholarWorks.

Researchers or faculty members can deposit copies of their work in Texas ScholarWorks and can start discussions in their department about how faculty and researchers are evaluated for promotion and tenure.

UT Libraries hosts Open Access Week (most recently in October 2017), during which any campus member can ask librarians open access related questions.

The Libraries also supports several different open access publishing initiatives: http://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/services/scholarly-publishing/open-scholarship/membership

Several of those initiatives result in direct financial benefit to UT Austin authors.
· Our membership in BioMed Central gives authors a 15% discount on article processing charges (APCs)
· Our support of Luminos (open access book publishing) provides authors with a 30% discount on the title publication fee
· Our membership in MDPI gives authors a 10% discount on APCs
· Our subscriptions to Portland Press journals give authors a discount on open access fees
· We deposited money in an account that UT Austin authors can use to pay PeerJ APCs. This fund pays the entire APC for publication in a PeerJ journal.


A copy of the institution's open access policy:
The institution's open access policy:
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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:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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