Posts by Katie Fortney

 
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    What to do when a journal acts unethically

    There are thousands and thousands of academic journals in the world, and not all of them are great to work with. Some issues are fairly common, like delayed peer-review and publication or a lack of transparency. Once in a while, though, authors face problems with journals that go beyond the typical challenges of a journal that is low on staff or editors that are too busy. Here are a few examples of deceptive or problematic behavior that authors have encountered: You submit an article to a journal and then learn that you were deceived about the identity of the journal, […]

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    UC campuses celebrate Open Access Week 2022

    International Open Access Week is an annual global event celebrating and sharing knowledge about free online access to scholarly publications. This year’s Open Access Week is October 24-30. This year’s theme, “Open for Climate Justice,” was chosen because “Openness can create pathways to more equitable knowledge sharing and serve as a means to address the inequities that shape the impacts of climate change and our response to them,” as explained on the International Open Access Week website. The University of California Libraries have planned a variety of workshops and materials to observe International Open Access Week, many of which are […]

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    Thousands of older dissertations from UCSF newly available in eScholarship

    Over three thousand dissertations and theses digitized from UCSF’s archives, originally submitted to the university between 1965 and 2006, were added to eScholarship this year. These titles cover topics as disparate as the pregnancy experiences of black women, AIDS and identity in the gay press of the 1980s, and models for examining the clearance of drugs from the liver. Before the project was undertaken to add these dissertations and theses to eScholarship, accessing them was challenging: you may have been able to find one in a database if you were at a subscribing institution, but if the title was old […]

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  • UC campuses celebrate Open Access Week 2021

    International Open Access Week is an annual global event celebrating and sharing knowledge about free online access to scholarly publications. This year’s Open Access Week is October 25-31. The theme, “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity,” was chosen to be in alignment with the recently released UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.  The University of California Libraries have planned a variety of workshops and materials to observe International Open Access Week, all of which are free and online. All times are in Pacific, and most events are online and open to all; see event descriptions for details and […]

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  • UC campuses celebrate Open Access Week 2020

    International Open Access Week is an annual global event celebrating and sharing knowledge about free online access to scholarly publications. This year’s Open Access Week is October 19-25. The theme, “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion” marks the third consecutive year that this event will focus on the need for action on equity and inclusion, underscoring the urgency of continuing to center this work. “Openness can be a powerful tool for building more equitable systems of sharing knowledge,” writes Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement at SPARC.  The University of California Libraries have planned […]

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  • The (virtual) library is open: UC campuses offer research and teaching support during campus closures

    UC’s academic community relies on library resources for teaching, learning and research. While campus library buildings are closed and scholars can’t browse the physical stacks or meet with librarians, the libraries are providing help through their websites.  Each campus library has a central page for information about what resources are available and how to get in touch. Visit your library’s portal for more information about things like: Expanded and free access to some materials during campus closures Online research tools Electronic delivery of interlibrary loan articles Virtual research consultations Requesting ebooks to add to the library’s collection Streaming audio and […]

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  • New version of UC Copyright Ownership Policy open for review

    The University of California’s Copyright Ownership Policy was last revised in 1992. A new draft policy is currently under systemwide review. All members of the UC community are encouraged to read the policy and accompanying information on the Academic Personnel and Programs site and submit any comments by December 15. As described in the cover letter from Provost Michael Brown, the proposed policy revisions aim to reduce areas of ambiguity and streamline the language of the 1992 policy. Specifically, Provost Brown explains, the draft policy: “Expands eligibility to own copyrights. The definition of ‘Academic Authors’ in the revised policy expands […]

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  • UC campuses celebrate Open Access Week 2019

    This year, international Open Access Week is October 21-27. The theme, “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge,” was chosen to deepen conversations about being inclusive by design and to turn those conversations into action, according to Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement at SPARC. “We find ourselves at a critical moment. The decisions we make now—individually and collectively—will fundamentally shape the future for many years to come. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse […]

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  • Hosting an editors’ roundtable to discuss transitioning journals to OA

    Earlier this year the OSC released a toolkit for transitioning journals to open access. Today we’re adding a new resource to this page: a guide to hosting a roundtable event for editors and editorial board members. A journal flipping roundtable discussion can help gauge the level of interest in journal flipping among journal editors on a campus, and can also connect editors curious about transitioning to OA with people and tools to help navigate such a change. In 2018, the UCSF library held a roundtable with nine editors from UCSF and publishing experts from the library and UC Press. The […]

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    UC campuses celebrate Open Access Week 2018

    This year, international Open Access Week is October 22-28. The theme, “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge,” was chosen to reflect a scholarly system in transition, according to Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement at SPARC. “While governments, funders, universities, publishers, and scholars are increasingly adopting open policies and practices, how these are actually implemented is still in flux. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community.” The University of California Libraries have planned […]

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