Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.13
Liaison Traci Knabenshue
Submission Date March 3, 2021

STARS v2.2

West Virginia University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Ian Harmon
Scholarly Communications Librarian
WVU Libraries
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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 Research Repository @ WVU is West Virginia University's open access institutional repository. A service of the University Libraries and the WVU Office of Research, the Research Repository provides an online home for the scholarship, creative work, and research of the University's faculty, students, and researchers.

The repository can be used to share working papers, copies of published articles, datasets, conference papers, posters, presentations, theses and dissertations, and digital projects. Work that is shared through the repository is openly available worldwide, which increases its reach, and potential impact.

Authors who submit their work will receive monthly reports that contain download statistics. They also have access to an Author Dashboard, which provides real-time usage information and a readership distribution map, which shows where their work has been downloaded.

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:

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:

The West Virginia University Libraries are committed to providing open access to research for anyone anywhere. The Open Access Author Fund (OAAF) is intended as an aid to open access to scholarly content published by WVU authors.

Authors requesting fees for open access publications should consider the OAAF as a last resort when no other source of funding is available. The WVU Libraries encourage authors to include publication fees in grant requests whenever possible. This fund is not intended to replace grant funding nor any University funding such as the Eberly College Subvention Fund. Early career faculty and graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply for the OAAF.


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:

We do offer open access journal hosting services through our institutional repository, but we have yet to actually publish any journals under this service. All repository materials are hosted via Bepress, the vendor who supports the platform we use for our repository. So we do not host materials on local servers.

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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