• University of California statement on California State University’s Read and Publish-Plus agreement with Elsevier

    Ivy Anderson and Jeff MacKie-Mason, who co-chair the team overseeing UC’s publisher negotiations strategy, issued the below statement today, following California State University’s announcement that CSU has reached a transformative agreement with Elsevier that integrates open access publishing of CSU research with the university’s subscription to Elsevier journal content. We congratulate our colleagues at California State University on their success in reaching this agreement with Elsevier. It is exciting to see California continuing to lead in the movement to advance open access to scholarly research.  The main points of the agreement, as announced by CSU, are consonant with UC’s goals: […]

  • PLOS and the University of California announce open access publishing agreement

    The Public Library of Science (PLOS) and the University of California (UC) today announced a two-year agreement that will make it easier and more affordable for UC researchers to publish in the nonprofit open access publisher’s suite of journals. By bringing together PLOS, one of the world’s leading native open access publishers, and UC, which accounts for nearly 10 percent of all U.S. publishing output, the pilot breaks new ground in the global movement to advance open access publishing and empower more authors to share their research with the world. “Scientific research is increasingly an international endeavor, often at its […]

  • Open Poll to Assess Impact of Loss of Immediate Access to Elsevier Journals

    The UC Libraries and Academic Senate Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) are co-sponsoring a short 3-minute poll to gauge the impact on loss of immediate access to current Elsevier content via ScienceDirect on the UC community. We very much want to hear from you, even if you feel you are not significantly affected by the Elsevier situation. All questions are optional and no personally identifiable information is required. The poll will close February 29. In early 2019, UC broke off its negotiations with Elsevier when the scholarly journal publisher indicated that it was unwilling to meet UC’s goals […]

  • 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 […]

  • Accessing Elsevier Articles

    Note: UC access to Elsevier articles is being gradually restored, and this an archived copy of the guide to accessing Elsevier articles. For current information about Elsevier and UC, see the actively maintained page. By April 1, 2021, UC will have regained access to all articles published in Elsevier journals the libraries subscribed to before, plus additional journals to which UC previously did not subscribe. Access to those journals in ScienceDirect will start to be restored March 16, 2021 and will continue to be added until they are all available on April 1. Between March 16 and April 1, use […]

  • 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 […]


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