• Make your collected works openly available in eScholarship!

    The UC OA policies have been helping authors make their work available online for over ten years, but what about publications that predate these policies? Authors with publication lists spanning many decades need additional tools to ensure that their collected works are publicly archived. They may have questions like “Where can I share these?” or “Is it a copyright problem to share them?” or even “I don’t have a copy, how do I find this?”  There is now a toolkit on the OSC site to help authors work through these questions and more, with the goal of ultimately providing access […]

  • UC advocates for author rights in open access publishing agreements

    This article was originally published on UCnet on August 17, 2023. UC has recently learned that academic publishers are attempting to subvert the rights of authors to control how their own work is used and shared. Through licensing agreements that authors are required to sign, some publishers even attempt to place restrictions on earlier drafts and supporting data — flying directly in the face of UC’s principles and values. “We are disappointed to learn that publishers are deliberately undermining the stated will of UC faculty,” wrote UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D., and UC System Provost and Executive Vice President […]

  • New pilot open access agreement between the University of California and Frontiers

    The University of California (UC) and Frontiers today announced a one-year open access pilot agreement that will make it easier and more affordable for UC researchers to publish in one of twenty selected Frontiers journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sustainability. The new agreement with Frontiers, one of the world’s leading native open access publishers, advances the university’s efforts to empower more of its authors to share their research freely with the world. “I applaud UC’s new pilot agreement with Frontiers and, in particular, its acknowledgement of the need for increased funding and support for UC authors who publish […]

  • Journal of Right-Wing Studies Launches on eScholarship “in a period of extraordinary right-wing mobilization across the globe”

    The eScholarship Publishing program of the University of California is proud to announce the publication of the first issue of the Journal of Right-Wing Studies (JRWS), an open access, nonideological journal that “seeks to promote research, dialogue, and debate on all aspects of right-wing politics, past and present, in the West and around the globe.” JRWS is operated by UC Berkeley’s Center for Right-Wing Studies, which has, over the past fourteen years, become an important hub for scholars and institutions. In his inaugural editorial, the journal’s editor in chief Larry Rosenthal states, “We are launching the journal in a period […]

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    PLOS-to-EarthArXiv preprint submission is live

    Preprints enable scholars to rapidly communicate research via open access and get feedback from their colleagues earlier in the publishing process. Recently, the Public Library of Science (PLOS), the EarthArXiv preprint server, and the California Digital Library launched a new service enabling authors who submit articles to participating PLOS journals to submit those same manuscripts to EarthArXiv simultaneously. Authors have begun to avail themselves of this opportunity, opting to make their work publicly available, citable, and open for feedback as EarthArXiv preprints before formal publication. 

  • EcoEvoRxiv expands to new language communities

    This month the EcoEvoRxiv preprint server begins welcoming submissions in Portuguese and Spanish, in addition to English. Home to over 1,000 empirical, theoretical, and review preprints in a range of ecology, evolution, and conservation topics, EcoEvoRxiv is a service of the Society for Open, Reliable, and Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary biology (SORTEE). The preprint server is hosted by the California Digital Library under the eScholarship Publishing program.

  • University of California agreement with Wiley expands to all 10 UC campuses: New agreement quadruples the number of UC articles eligible for free and open access in Wiley journals

    This post is a press release issued by Wiley and the University of California. The University of California, which generates nearly 10 percent of U.S. research output, and Wiley, one of the world’s largest publishers, announced today an expansion of their open access agreement. Researchers at all 10 UC campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will now receive funding support to publish open access, making significantly more UC research freely available to people around the world.  “The free and open dissemination of knowledge is core to our mission as a public university,” said Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, university librarian and […]

  • Native American and Indigenous scholarship now available to all: AICRJ flips to an open access publishing model with eScholarship!

    The eScholarship Publishing program of the University of California is pleased to announce the open access launch of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal (AICRJ). AICRJ was founded in 1970 and is published by the American Indian Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. It is a premier journal in Native American and Indigenous studies and includes a multidisciplinary collection of original scholarly work on a wide range of issues in the fields of history, anthropology, geography, sociology, political science, health, literature, law, education, and the arts.  “The American Indian Culture and Research Journal is one of […]

  • UC-Published Journals Take Top Honors in Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) 2022 Awards

    Congratulations to Journal of Autoethnography (UC Press) and Alon: Journal for Filipinx American and Diasporic Studies (eScholarship Publishing) for taking top honors in the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) Best New Journal award category at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association in January – marking the first time two UC-affiliated publications (and publishers) have swept the CELJ awards in this category. CELJ is an organization of editors of scholarly journals in all disciplines and the annual CELJ Awards Competition recognizes outstanding achievement in editorial work in scholarly journal publication.  The CELJ jury had the following to […]

  • The Future of Digital Publishing

    This article was first published in Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal, in the special supplement “Imagining the Future of Digital Publishing.“ The authors respond to a series of questions posed by the journal editorial board about how digital publishing is transforming scholarly communication. How do you view the relationship between digital publishing and peer review? Are there other ways to create and assess legitimacy and scholarly rigor in digital publication spaces? Peer review has long been held as the gold standard for article evaluation. At its simplest, the goal of peer review is to ensure that a published article in […]


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