• 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 […]

  • UC campuses celebrate Open Access Week 2019

    This year, international Open Access Week is October 21-27. The theme, “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge,” was chosen to deepen conversations about being inclusive by design and to turn those conversations into action, according to Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement at SPARC. “We find ourselves at a critical moment. The decisions we make now—individually and collectively—will fundamentally shape the future for many years to come. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse […]

  • Open Access Publishing with Cambridge University Press Begins September 19, 2019

    Earlier this year, we shared some exciting changes that will make it easier and more affordable for UC authors to publish open access with Cambridge University Press. Those changes are now here. Beginning on September 19, 2019, authors will see UC’s discounted open access publishing option as they go through the article publication process with Cambridge. How the new process works Step 1. Now, when you submit your article to Cambridge for publishing consideration, in the email acknowledging receipt of your manuscript, Cambridge University Press will also alert you to UC’s open access publishing option. No action is needed by […]

  • Next Gen Library Publishing partnership awarded $2.2M Arcadia grant to improve scholarly publishing infrastructure

    Educopia Institute and California Digital Library are pleased to announce an award in the amount of $2,200,000 from Arcadia—a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin—in support of the “Next Generation Library Publishing” project.  Through this project, Educopia and its partner institutions—California Digital Library (CDL), Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), Longleaf Services, LYRASIS, and Strategies for Open Science (Stratos)—will provide new publishing pathways for authors, editors, and readers by advancing and integrating open source publishing infrastructure to provide robust support for library publishing.  “The costs of creating and accessing scholarship have soared in recent years. Library publishers seek […]

  • Fact check: What you may have heard about the dispute between UC and Elsevier

    The UC Negotiating Team  Ivy Anderson, (Co-Chair), Associate Executive Director of the California Digital Library; Jeffrey MacKie-Mason (Co-Chair), University Librarian and Professor, School of Information and Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley; Günter Waibel, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of the California Digital Library; Richard A. Schneider, Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, UC San Francisco and Chair, Academic Senate University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication; Dennis J. Ventry, Jr., Professor of Law, UC Davis and Vice Chair, Academic Senate University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication August 2, 2019 Whether you have received an email directly from Elsevier, or have […]

  • Exciting Changes Ahead: Publishing Your Articles in Cambridge University Press Journals

    In April 2019, University of California (UC) and Cambridge University Press announced that they had entered into a transformative open access agreement that will give UC authors who publish with Cambridge the opportunity to make their research freely available and advance the global shift toward an open access future for research. The agreement will also maintain UC’s access to Cambridge’s more than 400 journals.  If you are a UC author, you will soon begin to see some changes from Cambridge after they have accepted your article for publication. Here is an explanation of those changes, and an overview of the […]

  • A presentation slide outlining paywalled access versus open access, from the update providing to the UC Board of Regents' Student and Academic Affairs Committee

    Update on open access and academic journal contracts: a presentation to the UC Board of Regents’ Academic and Student Affairs Committee

    On July 17, 2019, Acting Provost and Vice Provost Susan Carlson, University Librarian and Chief Digital Scholarship Officer Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, and Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director Günter Waibel briefed the UC Board of Regents’ Academic and Student Affairs Committee on open access and academic journal contracts. The video archive of the presentation is available on YouTube and below. A copy of the presentation script is also available for download.

  • You’re invited to the Open Access Tipping Point Public Forum!

    The University of California (UC) will be hosting an Open Access Tipping Point Public Forum in Washington, DC on August 29th from 2:00-4:30 pm EDT. This free, interactive public event is intended to advance understanding of the value and opportunities associated with negotiating, participating in, and supporting transformative open access agreements for all stakeholders in the scholarly publishing community – publishers, societies, funders, libraries, and academic authors. We hope you’ll join us! Update, August 20, 2019 We are excited to share these important updates about the Open Access Tipping Point Forum. 1. Livestreaming: Interest in the Open Access Tipping Point […]

  • Announcing the Open Access Tipping Point Workshop, co-sponsored by the UC Academic Senate & Libraries

    The University of California (UC) is pleased to announce an invitational workshop in Washington, DC, August 28-29, for North American institutions motivated to refactor their current, big-deal commercial publisher agreements to support a sustainable open access transformation. The Open Access Tipping Point workshop is co-sponsored by the UC Academic Senate and Libraries and will be facilitated by members of UC’s negotiation team and publisher task force. Also in attendance will be representatives from Germany, Hungary, Norway and Sweden who have experience with negotiating transformative agreements, coalition building, and principled walk-away strategies. The workshop will build on UC’s recently released negotiation […]

  • UC launches toolkit for negotiating transformative agreements with scholarly publishers

    Following the 2018 release of the provostial Systemwide Library and Scholarly Information Advisory Committee’s Call to Action, the University of California (UC) Academic Senate and Libraries partnered to utilize publisher negotiations to address the issues of journal subscription affordability and open access (OA) transformation. UC’s publisher negotiations have since been closely followed around the globe. In the United States, UC’s actions and stance, particularly with Elsevier, have prompted a national conversation about how research institutions can restructure their publisher contracts in the service of OA publishing. While UC has not yet secured a transformative agreement with Elsevier, the university has […]


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.
Learn more


Sign up to receive OSC blog post updates

eScholarship link
DMPTool: Build your Data Management Plan
Dryad logo with tree