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  • UC Response to Publisher Letter Opposing Immediate Open Access to Federally Funded Research

    Ivy Anderson and Jeff MacKie-Mason, who co-chair the team overseeing UC’s publisher negotiations strategy, have provided the following response to a recent open letter in which a number of commercial and society journal publishers voiced their opposition to a policy, rumored to be under discussion by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy, that would require federally funded research be made freely available to the public immediately upon publication, rather than within 12 months as current policy stipulates.  The University of California believes the public should have access to publicly-funded research, freely and immediately upon publication. We are deeply […]

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  • Statement from the UC Libraries in support of MIT’s Framework for Publisher Contracts

    The University of California Libraries are pleased to announce their support of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s recently released Framework for Publisher Contracts, intended to guide MIT’s negotiations with academic publishers.   In seeking to advance the transformation of the scholarly publishing industry to an open access system, UC stands shoulder to shoulder with MIT and other leading research institutions in North America and around the world. The UC Libraries commend MIT’s role as an open access leader, and share MIT’s belief that “the benefits to society are greatest when … scholarship is freely and immediately available to the entire world […]

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  • Changes are here: Publishing open access journal articles with Cambridge University Press

    Starting in 2020, the University of California’s system for open access publishing with Cambridge University Press will be fully in effect, under the transformative open access agreement first announced in April 2019.  Funding is available from the UC libraries to cover open access publishing fees. The libraries will cover the entire cost for authors without grant funds available. Grant-funded authors will be asked to pay a portion of the cost, when feasible, but they, too, will find open access publishing much more affordable thanks to added support from the libraries. A new payment workflow makes it easy to apply your […]

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  • University of California statement on Carnegie Mellon University’s transformative open access agreement with Elsevier

    Jeff MacKie-Mason and Ivy Anderson, who co-chair the team overseeing UC’s publisher negotiations strategy, issued the below statement today (Nov. 21) following Carnegie Mellon University’s announcement that CMU has reached a transformative agreement with Elsevier that integrates open access publishing of CMU research with the university’s subscription to Elsevier journal content.  We congratulate our colleagues at Carnegie Mellon on their bold commitment to open access and their success in reaching this landmark agreement with Elsevier. We are hopeful that the Carnegie Mellon news is a positive sign that Elsevier is ready to start signing transformative open access agreements with other […]

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  • Open Access Publishing with Cambridge University Press Begins September 19, 2019

    Earlier this year, we shared some exciting changes that will make it easier and more affordable for UC authors to publish open access with Cambridge University Press. Those changes are now here. Beginning on September 19, 2019, authors will see UC’s discounted open access publishing option as they go through the article publication process with Cambridge. How the new process works Step 1. Now, when you submit your article to Cambridge for publishing consideration, in the email acknowledging receipt of your manuscript, Cambridge University Press will also alert you to UC’s open access publishing option. No action is needed by […]

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  • Fact check: What you may have heard about the dispute between UC and Elsevier

    The UC Negotiating Team  Ivy Anderson, (Co-Chair), Associate Executive Director of the California Digital Library; Jeffrey MacKie-Mason (Co-Chair), University Librarian and Professor, School of Information and Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley; Günter Waibel, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of the California Digital Library; Richard A. Schneider, Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, UC San Francisco and Chair, Academic Senate University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication; Dennis J. Ventry, Jr., Professor of Law, UC Davis and Vice Chair, Academic Senate University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication August 2, 2019 Whether you have received an email directly from Elsevier, or have […]

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  • Exciting Changes Ahead: Publishing Your Articles in Cambridge University Press Journals

    In April 2019, University of California (UC) and Cambridge University Press announced that they had entered into a transformative open access agreement that will give UC authors who publish with Cambridge the opportunity to make their research freely available and advance the global shift toward an open access future for research. The agreement will also maintain UC’s access to Cambridge’s more than 400 journals.  If you are a UC author, you will soon begin to see some changes from Cambridge after they have accepted your article for publication. Here is an explanation of those changes, and an overview of the […]

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  • CP2OA results are in: Open access efforts are taking flight

    This post was written by the CP2OA planning committee and originally appeared on Berkeley Library Update. On October 16-17, 2018, University of California (UC) libraries hosted a working forum in Berkeley, California, called Choosing Pathways to Open Access (CP2OA). Sponsored by the University of California’s Council of University Librarians(CoUL), the forum was designed to enable North American library and consortium leaders and key academic stakeholders to engage in action-focused deliberations about redirecting subscription and other funds toward sustainable open access (OA) publishing. More than 120 participants arrived from more than 80 institutions, nearly 30 states, and four Canadian provinces. The goal was for everyone to leave with […]

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  • Cambridge University Press and the University of California Agree to Open Access Publishing Deal

    The University of California and Cambridge University Press have entered into a transformative agreement that will advance the global shift toward an open access future for research. The agreement is designed to maintain UC’s access to Cambridge’s journals, while also supporting open access publishing for UC authors. The partnership is UC’s first open access agreement with a major publisher, and Cambridge’s first such deal in the Americas.

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  • Open Statement: Why UC terminated journal negotiations with Elsevier

    March 20, 2019 (revised April 25, 2019) The University of California has taken a firm stand on both open access to publicly funded research and fiscal responsibility by deciding not to renew its journal subscriptions with Elsevier, the world’s largest scientific publisher. Here’s why: Elsevier’s proposal Under Elsevier’s proposed terms, the publisher would capture significant new revenue on top of the university’s current multimillion-dollar subscription while significantly diminishing UC’s rights to Elsevier content. Elsevier’s latest proposal, dated January 31, 2019, did consider some of UC’s conditions, including providing UC authors with open access publishing options across much of the publisher’s portfolio of journals. […]

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As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California is taking a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier.
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