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  • Announcing the Open Access Tipping Point Workshop, co-sponsored by the UC Academic Senate & Libraries

    The University of California (UC) is pleased to announce an invitational workshop in Washington, DC, August 28-29, for North American institutions motivated to refactor their current, big-deal commercial publisher agreements to support a sustainable open access transformation. The Open Access Tipping Point workshop is co-sponsored by the UC Academic Senate and Libraries and will be facilitated by members of UC’s negotiation team and publisher task force. Also in attendance will be representatives from Germany, Hungary, Norway and Sweden who have experience with negotiating transformative agreements, coalition building, and principled walk-away strategies. The workshop will build on UC’s recently released negotiation […]

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  • UC launches toolkit for negotiating transformative agreements with scholarly publishers

    Following the 2018 release of the provostial Systemwide Library and Scholarly Information Advisory Committee’s Call to Action, the University of California (UC) Academic Senate and Libraries partnered to utilize publisher negotiations to address the issues of journal subscription affordability and open access (OA) transformation. UC’s publisher negotiations have since been closely followed around the globe. In the United States, UC’s actions and stance, particularly with Elsevier, have prompted a national conversation about how research institutions can restructure their publisher contracts in the service of OA publishing. While UC has not yet secured a transformative agreement with Elsevier, the university has […]

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  • UC-wide pilot of protocols.io

    One of the serious barriers to reproducibility of research is the lack of detailed methods in published articles. As trainees leave a research lab, it is often impossible to identify precisely the steps of their performed experiments. As we look to tackle the various aspects of open access and open research, the University of California continues to explore how we can unlock the underlying methods and protocols used in lab experiments. With this goal in mind, we are excited to announce a new pilot for UC-wide use of protocols.io — an open access repository for research methods. The pilot, which […]

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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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  • Comment on proposed UC-wide OA policy for dissertations and theses before April 10

    A second systemwide review window is open for a draft policy on open access to University of California dissertations and theses. The current review period extends to April 10 and all members of the UC community are welcome to submit comments and questions. The draft policy and accompanying documents, including a cover letter and FAQs, are available on the Academic Personnel and Programs website. As explained in the review cover letter, the revised policy provides a clearer and more streamlined process for embargo extensions. The new draft also more closely mirrors most existing UC campus policies on dissertations and theses […]

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  • UC terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research

    This announcement is cross-posted from the University of California Press Room. 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. Despite months of contract negotiations, Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC’s key goal: securing universal open access to UC research while containing the rapidly escalating costs associated with for-profit journals. In negotiating with Elsevier, UC aimed to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery by ensuring that research produced by UC’s 10 campuses — which accounts for nearly […]

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  • UC Davis–Delta Stewardship Council Journal Has Helped Inform California Water Policies for 15 Years

    This article was written by Lisa Howard and originally appeared on the UC Davis Office of Research site. When the peer-reviewed journal San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science launched fifteen years ago, the editors chose what was then a somewhat new model of scientific publication known as “open access.” At that time, most academic journal publishers kept their content behind pay walls, accessible only with expensive subscriptions that were mostly paid by institutions like universities. The sequestered academic content was a big problem when it came to research about the San Francisco Bay-Delta watershed, which includes not only the San Francisco Bay, […]

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    Open Source for Open Access: The Editoria Story So Far

    This article is cross-posted from the UC Press Blog. In 2014, UC Press and the California Digital Library were awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build a digital book production system, which has now become known as Editoria. The vision behind Editoria was to build a digital book production that would help non-profit publishers of all stripes more efficiently manage the production of monographs. Part of the motivation behind the development of Editoria was to help ease the cost burden for publishers wishing to publish open access books. At the time, UC Press had recently launched […]

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    Open Alternatives to Subscription Content

    The University of California Libraries are committed to seamlessly connecting UC faculty, students, and staff with research collections. While established tools such as UC-eLinks for paywalled/subscription literature and Request Interlibrary Loan Service for unsubscribed content have been connecting readers with scholarly content for decades, a range of new tools have emerged in recent years to improve access to and discovery of both subscription and open access (OA) publications. Paywalled content requires subscriber authentication or pay-per-view for unsubscribed content, whereas OA content is freely accessible to all readers. While the majority of scholarly publications are still published behind a paywall, the […]

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