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Proposed Presidential Policy on Open Access Would Reach All Non-Senate UC Authors

Academic Senate faculty are currently the only University of California authors covered by a UC open access policy, but that may soon change. Provost Aimée Dorr recently distributed a draft proposal for a broader open access policy that would cover all other UC employees. Comments on the proposed policy are due by January 15, 2015. The text of the policy and its accompanying documents can be found on the UCOP Academic Affairs website. (more…)


UC Libraries Celebrate Open Access Week 2014

October 20-26, 2014 is international Open Access Week. This year’s theme is “Generation Open,” which was chosen to “highlight the importance of students and early career researchers as advocates for change in the short-term, through institutional and governmental policy, and as the future of the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends.”

The University of California Libraries have a planned a variety of events in order to explore and celebrate issues related to open access. (more…)


Royal Society of Chemistry Vouchers

Some scholarly publishers charge authors fees, often called “article processing charges” or APCs, in order to make their articles open access. University of California authors are eligible for discounts on these fees with some publishers based on UC arrangements with those publishers. Most of these arrangements give authors a percentage off the standard APC, but one recent program, with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), functions a bit differently. (more…)


Experts on Open Educational Resources Visiting Five UC Campuses

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. Two of SPARC’s prominent experts, Nicole Allen and Nick Shockey, will be visiting five UC campuses in whirlwind California tour this May.



ASCE Takedown Notices

The University of California recently received a takedown notice for 9 articles that had been uploaded by UC authors to eScholarship, UC’s open access repository.

  • All 9 articles were published by the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • None were recent articles covered by the new UC Open Access Policy. They were all uploaded between 2004 and 2008.
  • All of them appeared to be the publisher-formatted PDFs. Authors signing ASCE’s unmodified publication agreement agree to only post an author’s version “after peer review and prior to copyediting or other ASCE production activities” to a repository. Additionally, authors posting their own versions are supposed to link to the final article’s location on ASCE’s site. Some of these articles had those links; others did not.
  • The articles were from collections associated with three different campuses. Co-authors were at other campuses and non-UC institutions.



New Public Access Requirements Passed as Part of Appropriations Bill

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 – the $1.1 billion spending bill passed in January, which is hundreds of pages long – included provisions for public access to published research articles. Section 527 of the legislation directs a number of federal agencies to develop public access policies. (more…)


Elsevier Takedown Notices for Faculty Articles on UC Sites

Elsevier recently sent DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown notices to some UC campuses, claiming that the availability of certain Elsevier journal articles posted on university websites infringes Elsevier copyrights.

UC faculty might be wondering, what does this mean for me?  Am I at risk of receiving a takedown notice and, if so, what should I do?

  • At this point, the takedown action only applies to local campus web pages like department sites, faculty profiles, or lab pages. This action does not currently apply to any content you may have posted to UC’s eScholarship Repository.  Read a recent article in the Washington Post on Elsevier’s takedown notice campaign. Elsevier has also been in the news for similar notices sent to academia.edu, a for-profit article sharing site.
  • If you have not been notified by someone on your campus (e.g., a campus DMCA agent, someone in IT, etc.), your site is not currently the target of a takedown notice.



The New UC Open Access Policy: Learn the Basics

The Academic Senate of the University of California passed an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge.

This 90-second video was developed for the first phase of implementation through November 1, 2013.

For updated information about the policy and the current timeline for all ten campuses, please visit: uc-oa.info/

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UC Open Access Policy implementation is live!

The Academic Senate of the University of California adopted an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future scholarly articles authored by faculty at all 10 UC campuses will be made available to the public at no charge.

The Open Access Policy Implementation team at the California Digital Library is pleased to announce the November 1st launch of a set of tools and resources designed to support the UC OA Policy and help campuses spread the word to faculty who are ready to deposit their scholarly articles in eScholarship (UC’s open access repository), looking for more information about the policy, or seeking a waiver or embargo confirmation. (more…)


Academic Senate of the University of California Passes Open Access Policy

The Academic Senate of the University of California passed an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge.

Learn more about the policy and its implementation.

Press release