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    What to do when a journal acts unethically

    There are thousands and thousands of academic journals in the world, and not all of them are great to work with. Some issues are fairly common, like delayed peer-review and publication or a lack of transparency. Once in a while, though, authors face problems with journals that go beyond the typical challenges of a journal that is low on staff or editors that are too busy. Here are a few examples of deceptive or problematic behavior that authors have encountered: You submit an article to a journal and then learn that you were deceived about the identity of the journal, […]

     
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    UC campuses celebrate Open Access Week 2022

    International Open Access Week is an annual global event celebrating and sharing knowledge about free online access to scholarly publications. This year’s Open Access Week is October 24-30. This year’s theme, “Open for Climate Justice,” was chosen because “Openness can create pathways to more equitable knowledge sharing and serve as a means to address the inequities that shape the impacts of climate change and our response to them,” as explained on the International Open Access Week website. The University of California Libraries have planned a variety of workshops and materials to observe International Open Access Week, many of which are […]

     
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  • EcoEvoRxiv partners with California Digital Library to re-launch preprint service on Janeway

    The EcoEvoRxiv community and the eScholarship Publishing program at the California Digital Library (CDL) are delighted to announce a partnership to host the EcoEvoRxiv preprint server at the CDL. The re-launch of EcoEvoRxiv is scheduled to take place during International Open Access Week 2022 (October 24-30).

     
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  • Cell Press and The Lancet titles now included in UC-Elsevier open access publishing agreement

    Beginning September 1, 2022, UC corresponding authors publishing in Elsevier’s prestigious Cell Press and The Lancet journals will be able to publish their articles as open access with financial support from the UC libraries. Cell Press publishes 50 scientific journals in the life, physical, earth, and health sciences. The Lancet is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journals.  When UC reached its landmark open access agreement with Elsevier in 2021, the full suite of journals published by Cell Press and The Lancet were not included. UC and Elsevier agreed that these high-cost journals would be phased in […]

     
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  • ‘Wind in our sails’: University of California hails White House guidance accelerating public access to federally funded research

    Statement from the University of California Libraries A year is a long time in the world of scientific research. The omicron variant of COVID-19 was identified in November 2021. The James Webb Space Telescope launched in December 2021 and sent back its first images just last month. Access to the latest science is the best way to solve today’s problems and accelerate future discoveries — and that is why the White House guidance issued this week to make federally funded research freely and immediately available is so important.  A 2013 Obama-era policy established a requirement that most federally funded, peer-reviewed […]

     
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  • Pathways to Open Access: Open Infrastructure and CDL

    The Pathways blog series highlights CDL’s efforts on various pathways to open access and illustrates how diverse approaches can complement and reinforce each other–and how they can raise productive tensions that push us to think more critically about the work we do. We believe this kind of approach can move us toward true and comprehensive transformation of the scholarly communications landscape. What is the strategy described in this post? In this post, we focus on open infrastructure. While this topic is not always prominent in discussions about open access, it has become an essential part of our strategy at CDL and underpins […]

     
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  • Pathways to Open Access: Library Publishing/Repository Services and CDL

    The Pathways blog series highlights CDL’s efforts on various pathways to open access and illustrates how diverse approaches can complement and reinforce each other–and how they can raise productive tensions that push us to think more critically about the work we do. We believe this kind of approach can move us toward true and comprehensive transformation of the scholarly communications landscape. What is the strategy described in this post? This post discusses the California Digital Library’s eScholarship Publishing and Repository Services as core pathways to open access at the University of California. Ellen Finnie’s prior post in this series focused on the […]

     
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  • Pathways to Open Access: Transformative Agreements and CDL

    The Pathways blog series highlights CDL’s efforts on various pathways to open access and illustrates how diverse approaches can complement and reinforce each other–and how they can raise productive tensions that push us to think more critically about the work we do. We believe this kind of approach can move us toward true and comprehensive transformation of the scholarly communications landscape. What is the strategy described in this post? This post explores one path to open access: CDL’s efforts to advance transformative agreements.   UC’s strategy for this pathway is grounded in what UC stakeholders refer to as the “moral imperative […]

     
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  • Why the UC Research Data Policy is Important

    What do a court case victory over PETA, recovered research data from a ransomware attack, and a dispute over Alzheimer’s data have in common? They are all front-page examples of UC stepping in to protect its investigators and data assets to ensure continuity of research. However, there are plenty of other examples of UC’s commitment to protecting the ability of its employees to conduct research that often don’t catch the eyes of news outlets. They include, for example, sifting through regulations affecting research, working with funding agencies to clarify proposed policy changes, executing complex research agreements to further collaborations, and […]

     
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  • Campus Partner Highlight: Mitchell Brown reflects on the success of eScholarship at UC Irvine

    As the celebrations of eScholarship’s 20th anniversary continue, we turn our attention to our longstanding relationship with UC Irvine and our successful partnership on both the repository and journals sides of the program.  UC Irvine boasts ​​10 journals and 59 campus department homepages in eScholarship, showcasing the breadth of research at UCI – in the arts and social sciences, as well as earth, biological, and medical sciences. To date, open access (OA) content on the UCI eScholarship site has received a staggering 13.5 million views: if one of the goals of OA is to reach a wide readership, then UCI […]

     
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