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  • University of California comments in response to 2020 OSTP RFI on public access to federally funded research

    In February, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued an RFI requesting comment on how public access to federally funded research could be broadened, and in parallel, conducted a series of stakeholder meetings. As a participant in two of the meetings, I sensed broad alignment among all stakeholders — commercial publishers, society publishers, university administrators, librarians, faculty members and funders — in affirming their support of open access. And for all of those groups, with the exception of the vast majority of publishers in the conversation, embracing that fundamental goal also translated into widely held support […]

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  • New Course Aims to Bring Climate Change Solutions to Global Audience

    Four-part series is first offering on new UC San Diego Online platform  This article originally appeared on thisweek@ucsandiego. Images (c) University of California; contact UC San Diego for reuse. Scripps Institution of Oceanography climate scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan has long had the goal of educating and empowering “one million climate warriors” who will help society tackle the world’s greatest existential threat. A series of new massive open online courses (MOOCs) being offered to the public could provide a substantial leap toward reaching that goal. “Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions” is a four-part course series that will be made available to […]

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  • EarthArXiv announces new partnership with California Digital Library to host earth sciences preprint service

    The Advisory Council of the EarthArXiv preprint service for earth sciences is pleased to announce a partnership with the California Digital Library (CDL) that will support EarthArXiv’s mission, future growth, and long-term sustainability. Core to this partnership will be the transition of EarthArXiv’s preprints server – including public display and submission management – from the Center for Open Science to the eScholarship Publishing program at the CDL. CDL will host EarthArXiv using Janeway, an open source publishing platform developed by the Centre for Technology and Publishing and the Open Library of Humanities at Birkbeck University of London. EarthArXiv’s Advisory Council will maintain ownership […]

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  • ACM Open Access Agreement goes live

    In January 2020,  the University of California announced that it had signed an agreement with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), to make it easier for UC authors to publish open access in ACM journals, conferences, and magazines. We’re pleased to let you know that the workflow for this agreement is in effect as of May 13, 2020. How does the deal work? For all UC corresponding authors, open access is now the default publication option for research and review articles in any ACM journal, conference, or magazine. This is made possible through an institutionally prepaid publishing agreement.  Authors can opt […]

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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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  • PLOS Open Access Agreement Goes Live

    In February, the University of California announced that it had signed an agreement with the open access publisher, PLOS, to make it easier and more affordable for UC authors to publish in PLOS’ journals. We’re pleased to let you know that this agreement is in effect as of April 1! How does the deal work? Starting April 1, 2020, all manuscripts submitted for publication in a PLOS journal with a corresponding author from any of the ten UC campuses, UCOP, or Lawrence Berkeley National Lab are eligible for funding assistance from the UC Libraries. Under the agreement, the UC Libraries […]

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  • University of California Issues Policy on Open Access for Theses and Dissertations

    On March 25, 2020, the University of California issued a Policy on Open Access for Theses and Dissertations. The systemwide policy, which aligns with those already in place at individual UC campuses, “requires theses or dissertations prepared at the University to be (1) deposited into an open access repository, and (2) freely and openly available to the public, subject to a requested delay of access (“embargo”) obtained by the student.” Theses and dissertations already made open access can be read in eScholarship, UC’s open access repository and scholarly publishing platform. With this policy, “the University affirms the long-standing tradition that […]

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  • University of California statement on California State University’s Read and Publish-Plus agreement with Elsevier

    Ivy Anderson and Jeff MacKie-Mason, who co-chair the team overseeing UC’s publisher negotiations strategy, issued the below statement today, following California State University’s announcement that CSU has reached a transformative agreement with Elsevier that integrates open access publishing of CSU research with the university’s subscription to Elsevier journal content. We congratulate our colleagues at California State University on their success in reaching this agreement with Elsevier. It is exciting to see California continuing to lead in the movement to advance open access to scholarly research.  The main points of the agreement, as announced by CSU, are consonant with UC’s goals: […]

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  • PLOS and the University of California announce open access publishing agreement

    The Public Library of Science (PLOS) and the University of California (UC) today announced a two-year agreement that will make it easier and more affordable for UC researchers to publish in the nonprofit open access publisher’s suite of journals. By bringing together PLOS, one of the world’s leading native open access publishers, and UC, which accounts for nearly 10 percent of all U.S. publishing output, the pilot breaks new ground in the global movement to advance open access publishing and empower more authors to share their research with the world. “Scientific research is increasingly an international endeavor, often at its […]

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  • Open Poll to Assess Impact of Loss of Immediate Access to Elsevier Journals

    The UC Libraries and Academic Senate Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) are co-sponsoring a short 3-minute poll to gauge the impact on loss of immediate access to current Elsevier content via ScienceDirect on the UC community. We very much want to hear from you, even if you feel you are not significantly affected by the Elsevier situation. All questions are optional and no personally identifiable information is required. The poll will close February 29. In early 2019, UC broke off its negotiations with Elsevier when the scholarly journal publisher indicated that it was unwilling to meet UC’s goals […]

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