• Draft policy on Research Data and Tangible Research Materials currently under review

    A new Presidential Policy on University of California Research Data and Tangible Research Materials is currently under systemwide review. This draft policy addresses issues concerning the ownership of data and tangible materials generated during the course of UC research. All members of the UC community are encouraged to read the policy and accompanying information available below and submit any comments by April 7, 2021. As stated in the policy, “Access to and use and retention of Research Data and Tangible Research Materials are not only critical to substantiate results, but also to provide a foundation for the advancement of scholarship. […]

  • Springer Nature open access publishing agreement to launch Jan. 4, 2021

    We’re delighted to announce that on January 4, 2021, UC authors will be able to begin making research they publish in Springer journals freely available for anyone to read by taking advantage of the university’s new transformative open access agreement with Springer Nature.   The first phase of the agreement will support UC authors whose articles are accepted by journals in the Springer portion of the Springer Nature portfolio, including Springer, Adis, and Palgrave Macmillan titles, as well as academic journals on nature.com.    After January 4, upon acceptance of an article,  UC-affiliated corresponding authors will, by default, have their article designated […]

  • Combinatorial Theory Journal Launches on UC’s eScholarship Publishing Platform with Innovative Open Access Funding Model

    The eScholarship Publishing program of the University of California is pleased to announce the launch of Combinatorial Theory, a new mathematics journal expecting its first issue in Spring 2021. This journal will publish papers in Combinatorics, an active area of mathematical research with applications throughout the mathematical, computational and natural sciences. Combinatorial Theory is owned by mathematicians who believe in the importance of unfettered access to research as a means of engaging the global combinatorial community. As such, it is an open access publication, with no fees for authors or readers.  Combinatorial Theory was founded in September 2020, when most […]

  • UC campuses celebrate Open Access Week 2020

    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 19-25. The theme, “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion” marks the third consecutive year that this event will focus on the need for action on equity and inclusion, underscoring the urgency of continuing to center this work. “Openness can be a powerful tool for building more equitable systems of sharing knowledge,” writes Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement at SPARC.  The University of California Libraries have planned […]

  • EarthArXiv Preprint Server Re-Launches on CDL-Hosted Janeway Platform

    California Digital Library (CDL) is excited to announce the official re-launch of the EarthArXiv preprint server, now hosted by CDL on the Janeway platform. The site provides access to nearly 1,500 recent preprint publications covering a wide range of topics in Earth Science — and researchers who wish to make their findings immediately and openly available can submit papers now. “EarthArXiv’s partnership with the CDL expands our capacity to grow sustainable open publishing for the Earth sciences,” said Bruce Caron, one of the founders of EarthArXiv. “CDL and the entire University of California system have demonstrated global leadership for open […]

  • Ultrasound in Resource-Limited Settings: A Case Based, Open Access Text

    Faculty at UC Davis Health in collaboration with the California Digital Library (CDL) and Blaisdell Medical Library are pleased to announce the release of Ultrasound in Resource-Limited Settings: A Case Based, Open Access Text. This new online resource aims to provide an open access clinical resource for radiologists and clinicians who practice ultrasound in low and limited resourced healthcare settings. The project was conceived of and developed by two UC Davis Health physicians: Michael Schick and Rebecca Stein-Wexler, with help from Aida Nasirishargh as the online editor. Drs. Schick and Stein-Wexler have been teaching and using ultrasound for many years […]

  • UC reaches groundbreaking open access deal with leading global publisher

    This post originally appeared in the UC Press Room. The University of California today (June 16) announced a transformative open access publishing agreement that will make more of the University’s research freely and immediately available to individuals and researchers across the globe. The deal furthers the global push for open access to scientific research by bringing together UC, which accounts for nearly 10 percent of all U.S. publishing output, and Springer Nature, the world’s second-largest academic publisher. The agreement, which is the largest open access agreement in North America to date, and the first for Springer Nature in the U.S., […]

  • University of California comments in response to 2020 OSTP RFI on public access to federally funded research

    In February, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued an RFI requesting comment on how public access to federally funded research could be broadened, and in parallel, conducted a series of stakeholder meetings. As a participant in two of the meetings, I sensed broad alignment among all stakeholders — commercial publishers, society publishers, university administrators, librarians, faculty members and funders — in affirming their support of open access. And for all of those groups, with the exception of the vast majority of publishers in the conversation, embracing that fundamental goal also translated into widely held support […]

  • New Course Aims to Bring Climate Change Solutions to Global Audience

    Four-part series is first offering on new UC San Diego Online platform  This article originally appeared on thisweek@ucsandiego. Images (c) University of California; contact UC San Diego for reuse. Scripps Institution of Oceanography climate scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan has long had the goal of educating and empowering “one million climate warriors” who will help society tackle the world’s greatest existential threat. A series of new massive open online courses (MOOCs) being offered to the public could provide a substantial leap toward reaching that goal. “Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions” is a four-part course series that will be made available to […]

  • EarthArXiv announces new partnership with California Digital Library to host earth sciences preprint service

    The Advisory Council of the EarthArXiv preprint service for earth sciences is pleased to announce a partnership with the California Digital Library (CDL) that will support EarthArXiv’s mission, future growth, and long-term sustainability. Core to this partnership will be the transition of EarthArXiv’s preprints server – including public display and submission management – from the Center for Open Science to the eScholarship Publishing program at the CDL. CDL will host EarthArXiv using Janeway, an open source publishing platform developed by the Centre for Technology and Publishing and the Open Library of Humanities at Birkbeck University of London. EarthArXiv’s Advisory Council will maintain ownership […]


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