Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.44
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2014
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University of Victoria
AC-11: Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Inba Kehoe
Scholarly Communications Librarian' Copyright Officer
University Librarian's Office
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Total number of institutional divisions (e.g. schools, colleges, departments) that produce research:

Number of divisions covered by a policy assuring open access to research:

A brief description of the open access policy, including the date adopted and repository(ies) used:

The UVic Librarians have made the following Statement: "Librarians, archivists and PEA staff at University of Victoria Libraries commit to making the best possible effort to publish in venues providing unrestricted public access to their works. They will endeavour to secure the right to self-archive their published materials, and will deposit these works in UVicSpace. The University of Victoria librarians, archivists and PEA staff grant University of Victoria Libraries the non-exclusive, worldwide license to make their scholarly publications accessible through self-archiving in the UVicSpace, subject to copyright restrictions."

A copy of the open access policy:

The open access policy:
The website URL where the open access repository is available:
A brief description of how the institution’s library(ies) support open access to research:

UVic's Research & Learning Repository

UVicSpace is an online archive which holds articles, books, theses, conference papers, technical reports, video, audio and image files, as well as course-related materials. UVic Libraries is committed to the preservation of files in standardized formats. It also provides a venue for researchers to comply with open access mandates from granting agencies, such as, the Canadian Institute of Health Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Michael Smith Foundation, etc...

External Researchers may request to deposit items in the event that your institution or organization does not have its own institutional repository and deposit is required to meet funding agency (e.g. SSHRC, NSERC, CHIR, NIH etc.) requirements.


Theses & Dissertations:
Masters theses and Ph.D. dissertations form a sizeable portion of scholarly research at most academic institutions. UVic Libraries has moved from housing print volumes to an online repository, and as of December 2012 over 2960 items have been submitted. Graduate students have been submitting their theses and dissertations into UVicSpace since 2005. The collection is fully discoverable and accessible on the internet, and each title is indexed in the library catalogue. (http://libguides.uvic.ca/content.php?pid=337505&sid=3393305&preview=d4706f14f36e50a15b81371d9a94e8fa)

Memberships/Funds Support OA Publishing:
The Library supports the OA movement through a number of OA memberships and sponsorships which support publishing models that provide immediate, online distribution and barrier free access, to scholarly research via major publishers. By supporting these memberships, authors can publish in a number of peer-reviewed OA journals without having to pay author/article processing fees (APCs). (http://libguides.uvic.ca/content.php?pid=337505&sid=3391089&preview=d4706f14f36e50a15b81371d9a94e8fa)

Facilitating Access to OA Journals:
In addition to supporting open access publishing models, UVic Libraries facilitates access to open access journals that meet standard selection criteria by including them in the E-Journals list and the library catalogue.

Online Publishing Services:
UVic Libraries supports the transformation of scholarly communication through open access to digital collections. To advance this goal we have made available alternative publishing platforms for faculty, researchers and students.

Journal Publishing Service: http://journals.uvic.ca
Conference Publishing Service: http://conferences.uvic.ca

Monograph Publishing Service

UVic Libraries is currently running a pilot program for publishing scholarly works by faculty and students. Most of the titles have been published under an open access publishing model with copies available online in pdf and epub formats. The Library collaborates with the university Bookstore to provide the public with an opportunity to purchase print copies via the latter's print-on-demand service.

UVic Authors and Editors:
UVic Libraries supports authors and editors through the services provided by its liaison librarians, Scholarly Communications librarian and Copyright Officer, who respond to questions about copyright, instructions for authors, retaining author rights, publisher policies and more. Positioned in this unique role, with contact between authors, editors and publishers, UVic Libraries can facilitate connections, offer workshops and provide a forum for discussing issues and concerns in this arena.

The website URL where information about open access to the institution's research is available:

UVic has a open access program with a number of elements, but not a formal policy. As such UVic does not qualify for this point.
However, UVic Libraries has a Statement of Commitment for Librarians, Archivists and PEA staff: http://www.uvic.ca/library/featured/scholcomm/oa/oa_mandates/uviclibrarians.php

UVicSpace is our institutional repository and it preserves and provides access to the digital scholarly works of UVic faculty, students and staff. Articles, conference reports, working papers, video interviews to electronic theses and dissertations are archived to increase visibility and impact to scholar research.

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