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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.88
Liaison Mary Easterling
Submission Date Sept. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Pennsylvania State University
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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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:

In April 2015 Penn State's Faculty Senate passed an open access resolution to encourage faculty to deposit their scholarly work in ScholarSphere, support the principle of open access to research results, review rights retained by authors in publishing contracts and consider publishing their work in reputable open access journals that make their contents freely available online. ScholarSphere is a repository service launched in 2012 by the University Libraries and Information Technology Services. Students, faculty and staff at Penn State can use the service to collect their work in one location and create a durable and citable record of their scholarly materials. See the following link for information: https://scholarsphere.psu.edu/about
The Penn State Libraries Open Access Fund supports open access to peer reviewed articles where it is the policy of the funding body (e.g. NEH, NSF) not to cover publication fees. More information can be found here: https://libraries.psu.edu/services/scholarly-publishing-services/open-access-publishing/penn-state-libraries-open-access
In addition, the Penn State Data Commons was developed to provide a resource for data sharing, discovery, and archiving for the Penn State research and teaching community. The datacommons@psu is made possible through resources provided by Penn State Institutes of Energy & the Environment, the Penn State Institute for CyberScience, PSU Research Computing & Cyberinfrastructure. http://www.datacommons.psu.edu/default.html


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

On April 28, 2015, the Penn State Faculty Senate passed the “Resolution on Open Access to Scholarly Publications” to encourage faculty to deposit their scholarly work in ScholarSphere, support the principle of open access to research results, review rights retained by authors in publishing contracts and consider publishing their work in reputable open access journals that make their contents freely available online. For more information see: https://libraries.psu.edu/services/scholarly-publishing-services/open-access-publishing


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:

See above.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.