As of March 9, 2021, the University of California (UC) has a three-year open access agreement with the Royal Society. The agreement includes open access publishing of an unlimited number of articles by corresponding authors at the nine participating UC campuses (UCSF is not participating), and provides researchers at those campuses with unlimited reading access to the full portfolio of Royal Society journals.
This agreement has two goals: (1) to support UC’s mission as a public university and advance the global shift toward sustainable open access publishing by making UC-authored publications open to the world, and (2) to maintain journal affordability. As with UC’s other transformative open access agreements, the UC libraries are providing funding to help cover open access publishing fees for UC authors who publish in Royal Society journals.
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What are the basic terms of the agreement?
The agreement runs from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023 and covers open access publishing in the Royal Society’s hybrid (subscription-based) and open access journals. It covers 9 of the 10 UC campuses (UC San Francisco is not participating).