• How the COPIM Project and the UCSB Library are “Scaling Small” toward an open monograph future

    The UCSB Library is strongly committed to supporting Open Access initiatives promoting an open, inclusive, diverse, and sustainable publishing ecosystem in which all knowledge producers are equally empowered to publish and disseminate their research without barriers. Given the importance of the monograph to the creation and dissemination of research in the Humanities and Social Science, a shift to Open Access for academic monographs is not only possible but necessary. The UCSB Library’s participation in the COPIM project—including the Opening the Future initiative based on the principle of ‘Scaling Small’—is an important example of UCSB’s institutional commitment to Open Access transformation.   […]

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    Podcasts and Publishing: Recentering Historical Research on the Voices of the Past

    More and more scholars are discovering the possibilities of podcasting. My recent work on the documentary podcast project Stories from the Epicenter has helped me understand some of the benefits, and challenges, of this medium, including the ways that working in audio can transform a scholar’s relationship with their sources and subject matter as well as the potential of podcasting to engage audiences in new and important ways. Stories from the Epicenter is a ten-part documentary podcast that explores the experience and memory of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake in Santa Cruz County among the communities nearest the earthquake’s epicenter. […]

  • COVID Tracking Project archives donated to UC

    In March 2020 the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic took on the responsibility of posting COVID-19 cases, testing, hospitalization, and death counts in the United States. The effort, led by The Atlantic and a team of 500 volunteers, proved to be invaluable when this key information was not otherwise reliably available as the worldwide pandemic unfolded. The entirety of the COVID Tracking Project archives have been donated to UCSF, in collaboration with California Digital Library. Further, the raw data have been published in Dryad, a data repository that University of California is closely tied to. To read more about […]

  • PNAS and the University of California announce open access publishing agreement

    The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the University of California (UC) today announced a two-year transformative agreement that makes it easier and more affordable for corresponding authors at UC campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories to publish open access articles in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). This is the first transformative agreement between PNAS and a U.S. research institution, and UC’s tenth open access publishing agreement. “We are very pleased that researchers at UC campuses can now publish papers in PNAS as a Plan S–compliant open access journal through our new […]

  • Practical Idealism: UC’s Approach to Open Access

    MacKenzie Smith, University Librarian and Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship at the University of California, Davis, provides the following commentary on UC’s recent transformative agreements with Elsevier and other publishers. Since its announcement in March 2021, UC’s open access agreement with Elsevier has sparked discussion around the world. To understand why, it’s important to know how we got to this point.  Open access is in the University of California’s DNA. As a public land grant university, funded primarily by tuition and taxpayers, it is our mission and mandate to share our research with the world to advance knowledge and benefit […]

  • May 2021 update on open access and academic journal contracts: a presentation to the UC Board of Regents’ Academic and Student Affairs Committee

    On May 12, 2021, Provost and Executive Vice President Michael T. Brown, University Librarian and Chief Digital Scholarship Officer Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director Günter Waibel, and Associate Executive Director & Director of Collection Development Ivy Anderson briefed the UC Board of Regents’ Academic and Student Affairs Committee on transformative open access and academic journal contracts. The video archive of the presentation is available on YouTube and below. A copy of the presentation script is also available for download.

  • Glossa Psycholinguistics launches on UC’s eScholarship publishing platform

    The eScholarship publishing program of the University of California is pleased to announce the launch of Glossa Psycholinguistics, a new journal publishing original research and theoretical reviews in psycholinguistics, broadly defined. The journal is committed to open access and open science. Published articles will bring together empirical and theoretical perspectives, illuminate our understanding of the nature of language, and make use of a broad range of behavioral, experimental, computational, and neuroscience approaches. Glossa Psycholinguistics is a spinoff of Glossa: a journal of general linguistics. “The field of psycholinguistics has long recognized the need for a scientifically credible open access publishing […]

  • New open access journal Advances in Global Health focuses on the worldwide advancement of health equity

    In advance of UC Global Health Day on April 24th, the University of California Press and UC Global Health Institute are pleased to announce that Advances in Global Health is open for submissions.  Advances in Global Health is a peer-reviewed, open-access research journal organized around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and focused on the worldwide advancement of health equity and the decolonization and democratization of global health worldwide.   At the 2015 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the organization called for a “supremely ambitious and transformational vision… a world free of poverty, hunger, disease and want, where all […]

  • UC secures landmark open access deal with world’s largest scientific publisher

    This post is a press release issued by the University of California Office of the President. The University of California today (March 16) announced a pioneering open access agreement with the world’s largest scientific publisher, Elsevier, making significantly more of the University’s research available to people worldwide — immediately and at no cost. The deal will put more UC research into the hands of individuals across the globe at a time when international collaboration to fight COVID-19 has illuminated the value of open access to scientific findings. The agreement is the largest of its kind in North America to date, bringing […]

  • New open access agreement between the University of California and Canadian Science Publishing

    We’re delighted to announce that as of March 10, UC authors will be able to begin making research they publish in Canadian Science Publishing (CSP) journals freely available for anyone to read by taking advantage of the university’s new transformative open access agreement with CSP, the first such agreement for a Canadian journal publisher. This new transformative agreement – which runs from January 2021 through December 2023 – covers open access publishing in the full portfolio of Canadian Science Publishing journals, including hybrid (subscription-based) and open access journals.   The agreement enables corresponding authors at nine UC campuses to publish an […]


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