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Publisher Communications about the UC OA Policies

Following its adoption by the Academic Senate on July 24, 2013, the University of California Open Access Policy for faculty was widely publicized by UC and by other news sources. In addition, UC contacted approximately 200 publishers directly to inform them of the terms of the policy: the publishers listed at the bottom of this page were sent a letter explaining that the policy gives UC faculty the right to deposit a version of their article in an open access repository and that the policy was effective immediately. Publishers were also sent a copy of the full text of the Senate policy and an FAQ.

Though the vast majority of publishers that UC authors work with have been aware of UC’s Senate OA policy for over two years, very few of them have asked authors to opt out of the policy by getting a waiver, and those who have requested waivers have done so inconsistently.  No publisher has notified the University that it plans to request waivers from all UC authors as a matter of course. Based on two years of waiver requests by UC faculty, it appears that authors publishing with Nature, PNAS, AAAS, and IOP are generating the greatest number of waivers.

Below are the number of waivers requested by UC authors between August 2, 2013, when the UC-wide policy was announced, and November 1, 2015. Waivers can be obtained from the Waiver and Embargo page.

Note: this does not include the approximately 300 waivers created for UCSF authors between the adoption of UCSF’s local OA policy on May 21, 2012 and the announcement of the UC-wide policy, but it does include UCSF waivers for August 2, 2013 onward. Also, authors obtaining waivers of the UC OA policies have not been asked whether they are doing so at a publisher’s request or for other reasons.

Nature Publishing Group 438
PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) 71
AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) 40
American Roentgen Ray Society 27
IOP (Institute of Physics) Publishing 27
Elsevier 5
Wiley 3
Physicians Postgraduate Press 2
Stanford Law School 1
ASPET (American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics) 1
Karger 1
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture 1
Palgrave Macmillan 1
Taylor & Francis 1
University of Pennsylvania Press 1

Agreements with publishers

Some publishers have agreed to clarify their support for the rights of UC authors in the context of the UC libraries’ negotiations to license their content. License agreements with these publishers now include language protecting the rights of all UC authors to share their work in an open access repository even if the publisher’s default terms would normally limit that right. Redacted versions of these agreements are available from California Digital Library:

List of publishers contacted

All the publishers below were contacted by October 15, 2013.

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Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

Academy of Medical Sciences of I.R. Iran

ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)

Adam Matthew

Adenine Press

Alexander Street Press

Allen Press

Alliance Communications Group

American Academy of Audiology

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

American Association for Cancer Research

American Association for Clinical Chemistry

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

American Association of Immunologists

American Association of Public Health Dentistry

American Board of Family Medicine, Inc

American Chemical Society

American College of Chest Physicians

American College of Healthcare Executives

American College of Nutrition

American College of Physicians

American Dental Association

American Dental Education Assocation (ADEA)

American Diabetes Association

American Economic Association

American Geophysical Union

American Institute of Physics (AIP) Inc.

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

American Journal of Health Promotion

American Mathematical Society

American Medical Association

American Meteorological Society

American Pharmacists Association

American Physical Society

American Physiological Society

American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc

American Psychological Association

American Public Health Association

American Roentgen Ray Society

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

American Society for Cell Biology

American Society for Clinical Investigation, Inc.

American Society for Investigative Pathology

American Society For Microbiology

American Society for Nutrition

American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society of Clinical Oncology

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

American Society of Hematology

American Society of Neuroradiology

American Society of Plant Biologists

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

American Thoracic Society

American Veterinary Medical Association


Annals of Family Medicine

Annual Reviews

ASM. The Materials Information Society

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Association for Asian Studies

Association For Research In Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc.

Association of Schools of Public Health

ASTM International


Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.

Bentham Science Publishers

Berkeley Electronic Press

BioMed Central Ltd

BMJ Publishing Group

Brill Academic Publishers


Cambridge University Press

Canadian Science Publishing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chronicle of Higher Education

Cognizant Communication Corporation

Cold Spring Harbor Lab Press Publications

College of American Pathologists

Columbia University Press

Company of Biologists


De Gruyter (Walter de Gruyter GmbH)

Duke University Press

Dustri-Verlag Dr. Karl Feistle GmbH & Co. KG


Ecological Society of America

Edition Diffusion Presse Sciences

Electrochemical Society

Elsevier B.V.

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

EMH Schweizerische Arzteverlag AG

Endocrine Society

Expert Reviews


Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Frontiers Research Foundation

Future Medicine Ltd

Future Science Group Ltd


Genetics Society of America

Georg Thieme Verlag KG

Gerontological Society of America

Guilford Publications, Inc.


Harborside Press

Harvey Whitney Books Company

HMP Communications


ICR Publishers

IEEE Publications

Index of Christian Art

Informa Group PLC

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

Institute of Physics Publishing

Int. Medical Press Ltd


International Centre for Diffraction Data

International Institute of Anti-Cancer Research

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

IOP Publishing



John Libbey Eurotext Ltd

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Johns Hopkins University Press


Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

Journal of Medical Internet Research

Journal of Reproductive Medicine

JTE Multimedia


Kinokuniya Bookstores of America, Ltd


Landes Bioscience, Inc

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

Maney Publishing

Mary Ann Liebert

Massachusetts Medical Society

Materials Research Society

Mayo Clinic Proceedings


Medical Library Association

MIT Press

Morgan & Claypool

Mosher and Linder, Inc

MultiMed Inc


National Academies Press (PNAS)

National Academy of Sciences

National Medical Association

National Research Council of Canada

Natural Standard

Nature Publishing Group

Neoplasia Press

New England Journal of Medicine

Now Publishers FNT


OceanSide Publications Inc.

Oncology Nursing Society

Optical Society of America

Ovid Technologies

Oxford University Press


Pan American Health Organization

Pharmacotherapy Publications Inc.

Physicians Postgraduate Press

PNG Publications

Portland Press Ltd.

Preston Publications, Inc.

Project Hope

Public Library of Science (PLoS)


Quadrant HealthCom Inc.

Quintessence Publishing Co Inc


Radiation Research Society

Radiological Society of North America

RAND Corporation

Rockefeller University Press

Royal Society

Royal Society of Medicine Press, LTD

RSC Publishing


S. Karger AG

Sage Publications


SLACK Incorporated


Society For General Microbiology

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Society for Neuroscience

Society for the Study of Reproduction

Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics)

Springer-Verlag GmbH


Taylor & Francis Group Ltd

Texas Heart Institute

Thieme Publishers

Thomas Land Publishers, Inc


UC Hastings College of the Law

University of California Press

University of Chicago Press



World Health Organization

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