Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.79
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

Western Kentucky University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Leslie North
Director of Sustainability
Geography and Geology
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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:

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


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?:
No

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

There is not an official university-wide policy for faculty research to be open access, but within departments some faculty are encouraged to publish with fees covered with the departments. The Department of Geography and Geology is one example of this.

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."


Does the policy cover the entire institution? :
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the open access journal hosting services:

This is part of our topSCHOLAR system and program. Please see https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/peer_review_list.html


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Information provided by WKU University Libraries and the Office of Research and Creative Activities.

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