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Submission Date March 6, 2020
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Washington University in St. Louis
AC-11: Open Access to Research

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Complete Reporter Chad Henry
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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):
All

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:

Washington University maintains a Policy for Authorship on Scientific and Scholarly Publications (https://wustl.edu/about/compliance-policies/intellectual-property-research-policies/scientific-scholarly-authorship/). In 2011 the Faculty Senate voted to adopt an Open Access Resolution that encourages faculty members to make their scholarly and creative works freely available online (https://sites.wustl.edu/facultysenate/files/2015/05/Open_Access_Resolution-5911-x3fzac.pdf). The resolution applies only to scholarly articles authored or co-authored by a member of the Faculty since adoption of the policy. The Bernard Becker Medical Library is the leading support for compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy (http://beckerguides.wustl.edu/nihpolicy). Digital Commons@Bercker (http://digitalcommons.wustl.edu/) is the repository for hosting the scholarly work created at Washington University School of Medicine.

The university provides a number of sources of support for faculty members through which publication charges could be supported. The largest sources are sponsored research projects, scholar funds and departmental support. Financial support for faculty members varies across the university by organizational unit.


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

Open Access Resolution
Adopted by the Faculty Senate Council: December 21, 2010
Approved by the Faculty Senate: May 9, 2011

The Faculty of Washington University in St. Louis is committed to making its scholarship and creative works freely and easily available to the world community. Faculty members are encouraged to seek venues for their works that share this ideal. In particular, when consistent with their professional development, members of the Faculty should endeavor to:
- Amend copyright agreements to retain the right to use his or her own work and to deposit such work in a University digital repository or another depository, which is freely accessible to the general public;
- Submit a final manuscript of accepted, peer-reviewed publications to one of the
University’s digital repositories whenever consistent with the copyright
agreement; and
- Seek publishers for his or her works committed to free and unfettered access (often referred to as open access publishers) whenever consistent with his or her professional goals.
This resolution applies only to scholarly articles authored or co-authored by a member of the Faculty since the adoption of this policy.

Currently, there is no systematic University-wide coordinated program to assist Faculty with managing the rights to their scholarly articles, nor is there any mechanism for facilitating the accessibility and dissemination of these works from within the University. The Faculty encourages the Offices of the Provost and the University’s Libraries to establish digital repositories and to provide author support services to aid the Faculty in providing greater access to their work. At this time and as a practical matter, this resolution covers only scholarly articles and does not extend to other forms of scholarly and creative work such as books, art, music, blogs, presentations, or curriculum materials.

The Offices of the Provost and the University’s Libraries should encourage any faculty
member who would be willing to join in this resolution, regardless of type of scholarly and creative work generated.


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:

The Bernard Becker Medical Library is the leading support for compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy (http://beckerguides.wustl.edu/nihpolicy).

Digital Commons@Bercker (http://digitalcommons.wustl.edu/) is the the repositoThe Bernard Becker Medical Library is the leading support for compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy (http://beckerguides.wustl.edu/nihpolicy). Digital Commons@Bercker (http://digitalcommons.wustl.edu/) is the repository for hosting the scholarly work created at Washington University School of Medicine. ry for hosting the scholarly work created at Washington University School of Medicine.


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