• 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 […]

  • 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 […]


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