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Letter to UC Faculty About Nature Quadrupling Prices

A June 4, 2010, letter to UC Faculty describes a proposal to quadruple the price of a UC license for Nature and its 67 affiliated journals. The letter, authored by the executive director of California Digital Library (CDL), the chair of University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication of the Academic Senate and the convener of University Librarians Council, is an informational update about the UC Libraries’ pricing challenges with the Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and the likelihood that the libraries will have to cancel some or all NPG titles in light of the University’s current budget challenges. The letter also describes a potential boycott that some faculty are proposing if the dispute cannot be satisfactorily resolved.

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UC Joins Letter Supporting Public Access to Federally Funded Research Results

UC Provost and Executive Vice President Lawrence H. Pitts, along with 26 other university presidents, provosts, and research vice presidents, signed an An Open Letter to the Higher Education Community affirming UC’s support for increased public access to federally-funded research results. The letter, which endorsess the Federal Research Public Access Act (S.1373 and H.R.5073) was issued on April 23, 2010.

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First Annual Open Access Week, October 19-23 2009

October 19-23 marks the first annual Open Access Week (http://www.openaccessweek.org/), which is designed to raise awareness of this growing international movement that uses the Internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. Open access encourages the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, everywhere, for the advancement of science and society. (more…)

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UC and the Google Book Settlement

In August 2006, the University of California became the sixth library to partner with Google to digitize volumes from UC’s extensive print collections as part of the Google Book Search Library Project. In October 2008, Google announced a settlement of a class action lawsuit by the Authors Guild of America and a separate suit by representative members of the Association of American Publishers, both of which sought to bar Google from scanning copies of in-copyright books held in the collections of major U.S. libraries. A court hearing on the settlement, which must be approved by the courts in order for it to take effect, is scheduled for October 7, 2009.

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CDL and Springer Sign Springer Open Choice Agreement

Please note that this pilot ended March 1, 2011.

The California Digital Library (CDL) and Springer have signed a ground-breaking agreement in which UC-authored articles accepted for publication in most of the 2,000+ Springer journals will be published using Springer Open Choice, which brings with it full and immediate access to all readers. This means that UC authors will pay no additional publication fees in order for their articles to be immediately and fully open to all. Under the agreement, articles will be published under a license in which authors retain the right to distribute and re-use their articles freely. The articles will also be fully accessible through UC’s eScholarship publishing platform. (more…)

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NIH Public Access Policy: Information for UC Authors

As of April 7, 2008, anyone who publishes an article based upon research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is required to submit an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscript to PubMed Central. This groundbreaking policy gives the public full access to taxpayer-funded research within 12 months of its publication.

For more information and instructions on how to comply, read more: (more…)

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Harvard Arts and Sciences Faculty Adopt Open Access Policy

The Harvard Arts and Sciences Faculty voted unanimously to adopt a policy that makes them the first university in the US to mandate open access to its faculty members’ research publications. Read more about it in Open Access News.

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UC Berkeley Announces Berkeley Research Impact Inititative

UC Berkeley announces a fund to subsidize open access and paid access fees. The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) supports faculty members, post-docs, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.

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Report on Faculty Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Scholarly Communication

The UC Office of Scholarly Communication releases “Faculty Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Scholarly Communication: Survey Findings from the University Of California,” which analyzes over 1,100 survey responses representative of all disciplines and tenure-track faculty ranks. The survey reveals deep concern about the health of scholarly communication, especially in its relationship to promotion and tenure. The report is timed to inform University wide discussions about strategic responses to challenges and opportunities in the evolution of scholarly publishing and communication. The survey also provides important insight into how the University’s eScholarship publishing services (including those offered in partnership with the UC Press) can meet faculty needs.

  • Full report; 124 pages [PDF]
  • Executive Summary and Summary of Findings; 10 pages [PDF]
  • Survey Instrument; 10 pages [PDF]
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2007 UC Academic Senate Review of Proposed Open Access Policy

Citing the “obvious potential for this policy to be beneficial to the broader scholarly community” the UC Academic Senate conveys their review of the UC Open Access Proposal. The review also included significant concerns with policy implementation and explored a concern about the risk of additional burdens on the faculty. In asking the Provost to address the concerns raised, the Council says it “looks forward to a second review of the draft Open Access Policy” and “hopes it can decide to endorse the policy at that time.” (more…)

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