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Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.30
Liaison Sarah Munro
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Connecticut
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sarah Munro
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Environmental Policy
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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):

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?:

A brief description of the open access policy, including the date adopted, any incentives or supports provided, and the repository(ies) used:

UConn Library offers long-term preservation and access to research data. UCL Research Data Archive gives researchers at all levels the opportunity to share data outside of original collaborations and beyond the life of a research project. The University of Connecticut Libraries’ Research Data Services Program offers data management education, training, and plan development support, and provides data preservation and access services to UConn researchers at all levels.
All funded research projects have to be available to the public in order to continue receiving funding, and the Digital Commons makes it possible to have open access to the research data.
Full terms of use and the official open access policy is located here: http://lib.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Terms-of-use.pdf

Open access material is stored in the UConn Digital Commons (repository), located here: http://digitalcommons.uconn.edu/

When UConn originally provided its Open Access Policy, a fund called the Open Access Author Fund (2011 – 2014) was established to support faculty and/or staff in publishing their research in the open access repository. After 2014, however, the Open Access Author Fund expanded under the Open and Affordable Initiative (2015). Also run by the University of Connecticut Libraries’ Research Data Services, the Open and Affordable initiative incentivizes faculty and/or staff to not only create and publish their research in the open access repository, but also incorporate said research (and other open access material) in their syllabi. That being said, the Open and Affordable Initiative is even more comprehensive than the original Open Access Author Fund.

Information on the previous Open Access Author Fund can be found here: http://digitalcommons.uconn.edu/libr_oa/

More information on the incentives under the Open and Affordable Initiative can be found here: http://open.uconn.edu/faculty-incentives-2/

The resources are made available for a variety of disciplines, ranging from anthropology to statistics. The repository can be found here: http://guides.lib.uconn.edu/friendly.php?s=oer

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

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

The Open Access Author Fund is co-sponsored by the University of Connecticut Libraries which encourages authors to make their publications open access. The UConn Homer Babbidge Library website has links to the open access research and additionally, library staff gives presentations to classes or groups on how to utilize the library resources, including open access databases. If a published article is eligible as a funded open access publication, it must be made available in the Digital Commons. The DigitalCommons@UConn is a digital repository of the intellectual output of the University of Connecticut's faculty, staff, and students. It can accommodate virtually any publication, presentation, or production in electronic format. DigitalCommons@UConn represents a way for the UConn community to organize, store and preserve its research in a single unified location. It is made available through Digital Commons software, licensed by the University of Connecticut Libraries and powered by the Berkeley Electronic Press.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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