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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 45.51
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Nov. 6, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Waterloo
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Mat Thijssen
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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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):
Some

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:

The university supports open access in a variety of ways including provision of an institutional repository to meet Tri Agency Open Access Policy requirements as of 2015, a service to review researcher publications lists, identify those that can be made open access and facilitate deposit, mandatory deposit of masters and PhD theses and dissertations, provision of a repository for research data with a research data management consultation service, provision of a platform for publishing open access journals, discounts on open access journal fees through publisher agreements, support of open access organizations such as arXiv and Bioline International, provision of workshops on author rights and open access deposit, and education on open educational resources. This work is facilitated by the Open Scholarship Committee which serves as the primary forum for collaboration regarding open access on campus. Central resources provided by Waterloo to facilitate the efforts above help reduce or eliminate fees for individual faculty members to pursue open access. The campus takes part annually in Open Access Week. For more information visit the open access guide https://uwaterloo.ca/library/open-access-guide.


A copy of the institution's open access policy:
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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):
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A brief description of how the institution’s library(ies) support open access to research:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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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.