Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.83
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date Jan. 9, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Western Kentucky University
AC-11: Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Elizabeth McGrew
Graduate Research Assistant
Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities
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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 original copyright form by which students, faculty, and staff consent to WKU's open access policy is dated April 5th, 2007. After consenting to the open access policy, research is shared worldwide on TopScholar through WKU Libraries.

A copy of the open access policy:

The open access policy:

All students, faculty, and staff submitting research must sign the "Copyright Permission for TopSCHOLAR," consenting to the following: "I hereby grant Western Kentucky University the permission to copy, display, perform, distribute for preservation or archiving in any form necessary, this work in TopSCHOLAR™digital repository for worldwide unrestricted access in perpetuity."

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:

TopSCHOLAR is a digital repository and publishing platform that provides open access to scholarly works created by the faculty, students, and staff at Western Kentucky University. It ensures that the intellectual output of WKU is archived and shared worldwide.

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

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