Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.13
Liaison Micah Kenfield
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Vassar College
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Micah Kenfield
Director of Sustainability
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?:
Yes

Website URL where the open access repository is available:
A brief description of the open access repository:

In May 2017, the Faculty of Vassar College voted to adopt a policy to share much of their published research with readers worldwide. In doing so, Vassar has joined with many other colleges and universities throughout the United States in an effort to create more equitable and widespread access to high quality scholarship. Faculty can use this web site to submit or waive articles

Institutional repositories use a Green OA business model. The items deposited in an institutional repository can be pre-prints or post-prints. Most journals allow pre-prints to be posted even if they own the copyright to the finished article.


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?:
Yes

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

VI. Open Access Policy – May 2017 Library Committee
The Faculty of Vassar College is committed to disseminating its research and scholarship as widely as possible. The Vassar College Libraries endeavor to make eligible faculty work publicly available in an open-access online repository. The Faculty adopts the following policy:

Each member grants to Vassar College permission in the form of a nonexclusive, worldwide license to reproduce and publicly distribute, via Vassar’s institutional repository, each of their peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles, provided that the articles will not be sold for a profit. Each faculty member is expected to provide an electronic copy of the accepted manuscript of each article to the repository in an appropriate format as specified by the Vassar College Libraries.

The policy applies to all scholarly articles authored or co-authored while the person is a member of the Faculty of Vassar College; work completed prior to appointment at Vassar can be submitted at the faculty member’s discretion. For articles with copyright restrictions, and/or upon the express direction of the faculty author, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty will not apply the policy for a particular article or delay access for the necessary period of time. In collaboration with the Library Committee, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty will be responsible for interpreting and applying this policy.


Does the policy cover the entire institution? :
Yes

Does the institution provide an open access article processing charge (APC) fund for employees?:
No

A brief description of the open access APC fund:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the open access journal hosting services:
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Estimated percentage of peer-reviewed scholarly works published annually by the institution’s employees that are deposited in a designated open access repository:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s support for open access is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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