• Update on UC’s open access negotiations with Elsevier and other journal publishers

    As 2020 begins, the University of California is making notable progress in advancing open access to UC research in partnership with a diverse range of publishers.  UC and Elsevier  After formal negotiations stalled last year, UC and Elsevier have remained in informal conversations and are looking forward to continuing that dialogue. The parties are planning to hold a meeting to explore reopening negotiations within the first quarter of 2020.  Over the past year, Elsevier has signed other transformative agreements, and we are hopeful that this suggests that the publisher is ready to discuss deals that align with UC’s goals. Wiley […]

  • ACM signs new open access agreements with four leading universities

    New ACM Open Publishing Model Promises to Accelerate ACM’s Transition to Full Open Access  New York, NY, January 23, 2020—ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, entered into transformative open access agreements with several of its largest institutional customers, including the University of California (UC), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Iowa State University (ISU). The agreements, which run for three-year terms beginning January 1, 2020, cover both access to and open access publication in ACM’s journals, proceedings and magazines for these universities, and represent the first transformative open access agreements for ACM.  “This joint agreement shows […]

  • University of California and JMIR Publications launch pilot to advance open access to UC research

    The University of California and JMIR Publications today announced a two-year partnership that will make it easier and more affordable for researchers from all 10 UC campuses to publish in one of JMIR’s 30+ open access journals. The pilot, which provides subsidies for faculty who publish with JMIR, is UC’s first such agreement with a native open access publisher. Under the agreement, the UC Libraries will automatically pay the first $1,000 of the open access publishing fee, or article processing charge (APC), for all UC authors who choose to publish in a JMIR journal. Authors who do not have research […]

  • CDL signs letter of support for Immediate Open Access to Federally Funded Research

    This letter represents US publishing organizations who support a potential White House Executive Order for immediate Open Access to federally funded research and directly addresses some of the prior claims in a letter released by AAP. CDL has signed this letter as an open access publisher (eScholarship Publishing). Publishing organizations and scholarly societies who would like to join as additional signatories can reach out to PLOS at community@plos.org. To read an earlier response to the AAP letter by Ivy Anderson and Jeff MacKie-Mason, who co-chair UC’s publisher negotiations strategy team, see last week’s blog post. Dear President Trump, We, the undersigned […]

  • UC Response to Publisher Letter Opposing Immediate Open Access to Federally Funded Research

    Ivy Anderson and Jeff MacKie-Mason, who co-chair the team overseeing UC’s publisher negotiations strategy, have provided the following response to a recent open letter in which a number of commercial and society journal publishers voiced their opposition to a policy, rumored to be under discussion by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy, that would require federally funded research be made freely available to the public immediately upon publication, rather than within 12 months as current policy stipulates.  The University of California believes the public should have access to publicly-funded research, freely and immediately upon publication. We are deeply […]

  • Statement from the UC Libraries in support of MIT’s Framework for Publisher Contracts

    The University of California Libraries are pleased to announce their support of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s recently released Framework for Publisher Contracts, intended to guide MIT’s negotiations with academic publishers.   In seeking to advance the transformation of the scholarly publishing industry to an open access system, UC stands shoulder to shoulder with MIT and other leading research institutions in North America and around the world. The UC Libraries commend MIT’s role as an open access leader, and share MIT’s belief that “the benefits to society are greatest when … scholarship is freely and immediately available to the entire world […]

  • Changes are here: Publishing open access journal articles with Cambridge University Press

    Starting in 2020, the University of California’s system for open access publishing with Cambridge University Press will be fully in effect, under the transformative open access agreement first announced in April 2019.  Funding is available from the UC libraries to cover open access publishing fees. The libraries will cover the entire cost for authors without grant funds available. Grant-funded authors will be asked to pay a portion of the cost, when feasible, but they, too, will find open access publishing much more affordable thanks to added support from the libraries. A new payment workflow makes it easy to apply your […]

  • University of California statement on Carnegie Mellon University’s transformative open access agreement with Elsevier

    Jeff MacKie-Mason and Ivy Anderson, who co-chair the team overseeing UC’s publisher negotiations strategy, issued the below statement today (Nov. 21) following Carnegie Mellon University’s announcement that CMU has reached a transformative agreement with Elsevier that integrates open access publishing of CMU research with the university’s subscription to Elsevier journal content.  We congratulate our colleagues at Carnegie Mellon on their bold commitment to open access and their success in reaching this landmark agreement with Elsevier. We are hopeful that the Carnegie Mellon news is a positive sign that Elsevier is ready to start signing transformative open access agreements with other […]

  • New version of UC Copyright Ownership Policy open for review

    The University of California’s Copyright Ownership Policy was last revised in 1992. A new draft policy is currently under systemwide review. All members of the UC community are encouraged to read the policy and accompanying information on the Academic Personnel and Programs site and submit any comments by December 15. As described in the cover letter from Provost Michael Brown, the proposed policy revisions aim to reduce areas of ambiguity and streamline the language of the 1992 policy. Specifically, Provost Brown explains, the draft policy: “Expands eligibility to own copyrights. The definition of ‘Academic Authors’ in the revised policy expands […]

  • UC Irvine first campus to launch Presidential OA Policy

    This week, UC Irvine became the first UC campus to launch the UC Presidential Open Access Policy implementation, enabling UC Irvine Health Science Clinical Professors and Librarians to join their Academic Senate colleagues in using the UC Publication Management System to make their scholarly articles freely available in eScholarship, UC’s open access repository and publishing platform.  Thanks to increasingly enthusiastic participation in the Academic Senate OA Policy, the global community (both academic and public) now has access to nearly 46,000 articles that would otherwise be locked behind publisher paywalls. Participation in the Presidential OA Policy builds on this momentum by […]


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