Open Access to Research

For details about this credit, including the criteria, reporting timeframe, applicability, scoring, and more, please review the full credit language.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can points still be earned if the open access policy isn’t mandatory?

Yes. If the policy doesn’t mandate open access (with or without opt-out), there must be some indication that the institution provides financial support to support open access.

Does this credit require an open access research repository at the institution?

Yes, there must be an open access research repository at the institution (or system) level.

Templates & Tools

Example Responses

Common Issues Identified During Review

  • There must be an open access policy, guideline or statement in place at the institution.
  • If the policy doesn’t mandate open access (with or without opt-out), there must be some indication that the institution provides financial support to support open access.
  • There must be an open access research repository at the institution (or system) level, and a link to the repository must be included.

Additional Resources

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