• 2003 Faculty Forums Report

    December 18, 2003 See sections below: History Articulating Issues and Challenges Existing Strategic Planning and Action Institutional Actions Focused Investigation Into the Scholarly Communications Process Extending Existing Organizational Capacity Communicating Effectively With all Stakeholders Organizing for the Task at Hand Extending the UC Libraries’ Efforts to Change the Economics of Scholarly Publishing

  • UC Libraries Host Regional Faculty Forums to Discuss Alternative Forms of Scholarly Communication

    The Office of Scholarly Communication works with its partners across the University of California to host discussions with and among UC’s scholars regarding the challenges, the opportunities, and UC’s responses to evolving scholarly communication systems. Fall 2003 Faculty Forums Forum report [December 18, 2003] Presentation on scholarly communication and the UC community [PPT] Forum background [April 21, 2003]

  • PLoS Publishes First Issue of PLoS Biology

    The Public Library of Scienice (PLoS), a San Francisco-based non-profit organization of scientists and physicians, publishes the first issue of PLoS Biology, a monthly peer-reviewed journal available free online. The journal features several articles authored by UC San Francisco faculty.

  • Berlin Declaration

    The Berlin Declaration on open access to knowledge in the sciences and humanities is created and signed by major public funders committed to open access from Germany, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, and Norway.

  • 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


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