The Academic Senate of the University of California adopted an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge. A precursor to this policy was adopted by the UCSF Academic Senate on May 21, 2012.

On October 23, 2015, a Presidential Open Access Policy expanded open access rights and responsibilities to all other authors who write scholarly articles while employed at UC, including non-senate researchers, lecturers, post-doctoral scholars, administrative staff, librarians, and graduate students.

There is not currently a UC systemwide policy on open access to dissertations and theses. Read more about which campuses have open access dissertations and theses here on the OSC site, and contact your campus graduate division if you have questions.

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Deposit your work

Upload a copy of your article or provide a link to an open access version.

Get a Waiver/Embargo

If your publisher has requested a waiver or embargo of UC’s open access policies, get it here.

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Policy FAQ

Get quick answers and see a flow chart of how to comply with the policies.


OA Policy Contacts

See who you can talk to on your campus or in the Office of Scholarly Communication if you have more questions.


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Read the Policies

Read the full text of UC’s open access policies.

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Policy History

Find older versions of the policies, press releases, and related documents.


Policy Implementation

Learn about the publication management system developed to make it as easy as possible for authors to share their publications.

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Publishers Contacted

UC has contacted hundreds of publishers. See which ones are complying with UC’s policies and which ones are requesting that authors opt out.


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