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  • 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 […]

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  • 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.

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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/ View captioned video

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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 […]

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  • 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

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  • UC Newsroom: Academic Senate approves open access policy

    This is a copy of a release from the UC Newsroom from August 2, 2013. An archive of the original can be found at Archive-It.  The Academic Senate of the University of California has passed an Open Access Policy, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge. “The Academic Council’s adoption of this policy on July 24, 2013, came after a six-year process culminating in two years of formal review and revision,” said Robert Powell, chair of the Academic Council. ” Council’s intent is to […]

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  • UC Open Access Policy Explained

    On July 24, 2013 the Academic Council of the University of California adopted an Open Access policy for all ten campuses. Chris Kelty, Associate Professor of Information Studies at UCLA and chair of the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) explains the details of the policy in this series of videos. What is the open access policy and who will it affect? Why did the University of California adopt this policy now; what do the faculty hope to achieve? What are the costs of this policy? Who wins and who loses? How is this policy in line with […]

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  • UC Support for California Open Access Bill

    The Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act (AB 609) was introduced in the California Assembly on February 20, 2013 by Assembly Member Brian Nestande. This bill would require researchers who receive state agency-funded research grants to make copies of peer-reviewed manuscripts resulting from those grants freely available to the public. On April 26, the University of California Office of State Governmental Relations released a letter supporting the bill. The full text and current status of the bill can be viewed at the California Legislative Information website.

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  • UC Open Access Fund Pilots

    The UC Libraries announce campus-based open access fund pilots to support UC faculty who wish to make their research findings immediately and freely available to the public. Learn more.

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