• Two UCSF Faculty Call for “Unified Actions” From Faculty Regarding Cell Press

    In a widely distributed letter, two UC San Francisco faculty call for “unified actions” from faculty regarding Cell Press journals, including: “i) decline to review manuscripts for Cell Press journals; ii) resign from Cell Press editorial boards; iii) cease to submit papers to Cell Press journals; and iv) talk widely about Elsevier and Cell Press pricing tactics and business strategies.” The letter is reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • Briefing Letter About Journal Costs Sent to UC Faculty

    A briefing letter from UC Faculty Senate Chair Lawrence Pitts and the University Librarians is sent to UC faculty regarding unsustainable license costs for some journals. See the letter [PDF].

  • Academic Senate of UC Santa Cruz Passes Resolution on Elsevier

    The Academic Senate of UC Santa Cruz passes a resolution calling for “its tenured members to give serious and careful consideration to cutting their ties with Elsevier: no longer submitting papers to Elsevier journals, refusing to referee the submissions of others, and relinquishing editorial posts should the UC/Elsevier negotiations prove unsuccessful.” See the resolution on ties with Elsevier journals.

  • UC Libraries Web Site Debuts

    UC libraries web site debuts at http://libraries.universityofcalifornia.edu

  • Company of Biologists Announces Open Access Initiative

    The Company of Biologists announces its open access initiative. From January 2004, its journals (Development, Journal of Cell Science, and The Journal of Experimental Biology) will offer authors the option of open access, allowing all internet users completely free access to articles.

  • 2003 Faculty Forums Background

    Systemwide Library Planning April 21, 2003 See sections below: History Planning for a Decade of Change Background Issues Opportunities Barriers UC Strategies to Promote Change UC Strategies to Overcome Barriers

  • Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing

    The Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing is drafted at a meeting held at the headquarters of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The principles are designed to “stimulate discussion within the biomedical research community on how to proceed, as rapidly as possible, to the widely held goal of providing open access to the primary scientific literature.”

  • UC Joins BioMed Central

    UC joins BioMed Central via UC’s eScholarship program; membership entitles UC researchers to a waiver of the article processing fee for publishing in BMC journals. Press release

  • eScholarship Launches

    UC launches the eScholarship Repository for working papers and peer-reviewed series originating at UC research units and departments. Announcement

  • Budapest Open Access Initiative

    The Budapest Open Access Initiative arises from a small but lively meeting convened in Budapest by the Open Society Institute (OSI). The meeting accelerates progress in the international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the Internet.


As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California is taking a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier.
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