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Royal Society of Chemistry Vouchers

Some scholarly publishers charge authors fees, often called “article processing charges” or APCs, in order to make their articles open access. University of California authors are eligible for discounts on these fees with some publishers based on UC arrangements with those publishers. Most of these arrangements give authors a percentage off the standard APC, but one recent program, with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), functions a bit differently. (more…)

Experts on Open Educational Resources Visiting Five UC Campuses

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. Two of SPARC’s prominent experts, Nicole Allen and Nick Shockey, will be visiting five UC campuses in whirlwind California tour this May.

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ASCE Takedown Notices

The University of California recently received a takedown notice for 9 articles that had been uploaded by UC authors to eScholarship, UC’s open access repository.

  • All 9 articles were published by the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • None were recent articles covered by the new UC Open Access Policy. They were all uploaded between 2004 and 2008.
  • All of them appeared to be the publisher-formatted PDFs. Authors signing ASCE’s unmodified publication agreement agree to only post an author’s version “after peer review and prior to copyediting or other ASCE production activities” to a repository. Additionally, authors posting their own versions are supposed to link to the final article’s location on ASCE’s site. Some of these articles had those links; others did not.
  • The articles were from collections associated with three different campuses. Co-authors were at other campuses and non-UC institutions.

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New Public Access Requirements Passed as Part of Appropriations Bill

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 – the $1.1 billion spending bill passed in January, which is hundreds of pages long – included provisions for public access to published research articles. Section 527 of the legislation directs a number of federal agencies to develop public access policies. (more…)

Elsevier Takedown Notices for Faculty Articles on UC Sites

Elsevier recently sent DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown notices to some UC campuses, claiming that the availability of certain Elsevier journal articles posted on university websites infringes Elsevier copyrights.

UC faculty might be wondering, what does this mean for me?  Am I at risk of receiving a takedown notice and, if so, what should I do?

  • At this point, the takedown action only applies to local campus web pages like department sites, faculty profiles, or lab pages. This action does not currently apply to any content you may have posted to UC’s eScholarship Repository.  Read a recent article in the Washington Post on Elsevier’s takedown notice campaign. Elsevier has also been in the news for similar notices sent to academia.edu, a for-profit article sharing site.
  • If you have not been notified by someone on your campus (e.g., a campus DMCA agent, someone in IT, etc.), your site is not currently the target of a takedown notice.

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The New UC Open Access Policy: Learn the Basics

The Academic Senate of the University of California passed an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge.

Watch a 90-second introduction to the policy.

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UC Open Access Policy implementation is live!

The Academic Senate of the University of California adopted an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future scholarly articles authored by faculty at all 10 UC campuses will be made available to the public at no charge.

The Open Access Policy Implementation team at the California Digital Library is pleased to announce the November 1st launch of a set of tools and resources designed to support the UC OA Policy and help campuses spread the word to faculty who are ready to deposit their scholarly articles in eScholarship (UC’s open access repository), looking for more information about the policy, or seeking a waiver or embargo confirmation. (more…)

Academic Senate of the University of California Passes Open Access Policy

The Academic Senate of the University of California passed an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge.

Learn more about the policy and its implementation.

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UC Open Access Policy Explained

On July 24, 2013 the Academic Council of the University of California adopted an Open Access policy for all ten campuses. Chris Kelty, Associate Professor of Information Studies at UCLA and chair of the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) explains the details of the policy in this series of videos.

UC Support for California Open Access Bill

The Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act (AB 609) was introduced in the California Assembly on February 20, 2013 by Assembly Member Brian Nestande. This bill would require researchers who receive state agency-funded research grants to make copies of peer-reviewed manuscripts resulting from those grants freely available to the public. On April 26, the University of California Office of State Governmental Relations released a letter supporting the bill. The full text and current status of the bill can be viewed at the California Legislative Information website.

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