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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 Silver
Overall Score 58.08
Liaison Kristi Wiedemann
Submission Date March 13, 2015
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Princeton University
AC-11: Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Anne Langley
Director of Scholarly Communications and Head Librarian, Science and Technology Libraries
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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:

On September 19, 2011, the Faculty approved an “open-access” policy intended to make the faculty’s scholarly articles, published in journals and conference proceedings, available to a wider public. Under this policy, faculty members grant to The Trustees of Princeton University a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all copyrights in his or her scholarly articles published in any medium, whether now known or later invented, provided the articles are not sold by the University for a profit, and to authorize others to do the same. This grant applies to all scholarly articles that any person authors or co-authors while appointed as a member of the Faculty, except for any such articles authored or co-authored before the adoption of this policy or subject to a conflicting agreement formed before the adoption of this policy.

+ Date Revised: April 8, 2015

A copy of the open access policy:
The open access policy:

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:

The library recently appointed a Director of Scholarly Communications and hired a Scholarly Communications librarian. With partners across campus and in the library, they are building a program and providing services in support of the Open Access Policy. The library also worked closely with campus partners to create a repository for theses and dissertations. This is managed by University Archives, a department in the libraries, with support from the Office of Information Technology.

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

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