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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 57.39
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Nov. 12, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Tufts University
AC-11: Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Antje Danielson
Administrative Director, Tufts Institute of the Environment & Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) program
Tufts Institute of the Environment
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Total number of institutional divisions (e.g. schools, colleges, departments) that produce research:
9

Number of divisions covered by a policy assuring open access to research:
9

A brief description of the open access policy, including the date adopted and repository(ies) used:

At the Scholarly Communications at Tufts site, information is available for faculty, staff, and students about all aspects of the process used by scholars to share and use the results of their and others’ research. The goal is to provide answers to questions about author's rights, copyright, fair use, and open access.
http://sites.tufts.edu/scholarlycommunication/

Additionally, faculty, students, and researchers at Tufts can also make their work accessible by contacting the Tufts Digital Collections and Archives and the Tufts Digital Library.


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

In the Life Sciences (sustainability related Environmental Health and One Health), open access is required for all NIH-supported research.
http://www.library.tufts.edu/hsl/services/NIHpublicaccess.html
See NIH policy on open access http://publicaccess.nih.gov/policy.htm

Researchers with funding from NSF adhere to the Data Sharing policy of NSF
http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/dmp.jsp

The School of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering has a program and policies that related to open access (see the Scholarly Access Site for Tufts policies that relate to scholarly communication). Such policies concern Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials, Rights and Responsibilities with Respect to Intellectual Property, and Information Stewardship.

Additionally, the Digital Collections and Archive (DCA) is committed to providing open access to its collections as far as possible within the limits of privacy and confidentiality. Although many records and manuscript collections are open for use, there are materials held by the DCA that are subject to access restrictions. The DCA supports the teaching and research mission of Tufts University by ensuring the enduring preservation and accessibility of the university’s permanently valuable records and collections. The DCA assists departments, faculty, and staff in managing records and other assets. The DCA collaborates with members of the Tufts community and others to develop tools to discover and access collections to support teaching, research, and administrative needs. DCA encourages faculty to consider donating research materials as well as depositing their publications for open access.


The website URL where the open access repository is available:
http://dl.tufts.edu/
+ Date Revised: Dec. 9, 2015

A brief description of how the institution’s library(ies) support open access to research:

The Scholarly Communication Team, comprised of librarians and staff from across Tufts, is charged by the University Library Council with the responsibility of monitoring issues and answering questions about copyright and fair use, open access, and author’s rights: http://sites.tufts.edu/scholarlycommunication/?page_id=212

Tufts Libraries Collections pay membership fees for certain journals in order to provide article processing charge (APC) discounts to Tufts authors for OA publishing.

Funding is available to encourage open access publishing: http://tischlibrary.tufts.edu/about-us/innovations-and-student-awards/grad-open-access-fund

In the Life Sciences, publications are available through PubMed.


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

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.