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My dissertation is online! Wait – my dissertation is online!? Copyright & your magnum opus

You’ve worked painstakingly for years (we won’t let on how many) on your magnum opus: your dissertation—the scholarly key to completing your graduate degree, securing a possible first book deal, and making inroads toward faculty status somewhere. Then, as you are about to submit your pièce de résistance through ProQuest’s online administration system, you are confronted with the realization that—for students at many institutions—your dissertation is about to be made available open access online to readers all over the world (hurrah! and gulp).

Because your dissertation will be openly available online, there are many questions you need to address—both about what you put in your dissertation, and the choices you’ll need to make as you put it online. If you are a first-time author, facing these concerns can be daunting to say the least. And you definitely don’t want to be thinking about them for the first time when you are scrambling to submit your dissertation to ProQuest. (more…)

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Check out all the great activities UC libraries are hosting for Open Access Week

action_bannerOctober 24-30, 2016 is international Open Access Week. This year’s theme is “Open in Action,” which was chosen to “focus on the small steps everyone can take to make openness in research a reality,” said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. “This year’s theme will help showcase these actions, the individuals who are leading by example, and the ways this openness advances science and scholarship.”

The University of California Libraries have a planned a greater number and wider variety of events this year than ever before in order to explore and celebrate issues related to open access. (more…)

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UC Berkeley Announces Berkeley Research Impact Inititative

UC Berkeley announces a fund to subsidize open access and paid access fees. The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) supports faculty members, post-docs, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.

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Berkeley’s CSHE Releases “Scholarly Communication: Academic Values and Sustainable Models”

Former UC provost C. Judson King and five co-authors at Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education release their report titled Scholarly Communication: Academic Values and Sustainable Models. The study explores “academic value systems as they influence publishing behavior and attitudes of University of California, Berkeley faculty,” and includes case studies based on direct interviews with relevant stakeholders – faculty, advancement reviewers, librarians, and editors – in five fields: chemical engineering, anthropology, law and economics, English-language literature, and biostatistics.

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UC Berkeley Faculty Scholarly Publishing Statement of Principles

In the wake of a heavily attended faculty conference on scholarly publishing on March 31, UC Berkeley’s faculty senate adopt a Scholarly Publishing Statement of Principles. The statement has clauses covering faculty control of their intellectual property, advancement and promotion, incentives to establish and use alternative publishing forms, and support for the library in its efforts to curtail unsustainable pricing structures for scholarly materials.

Statement of Principles Executive Summary

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