Scholarly publications have historically enabled scholars to communicate their research findings to other scholars via peer-reviewed articles or monographs published by commercial or academic presses.  While still the primary mode of scholarly exchange within academia, this standard is shifting. More and more, researchers are experimenting with genre categories, reaching out to new communities of readers and reviewers,  and  exploring new funding and publication models.

This section of the OSC site provides an overview of scholarly publishing in transition – focused primarily on those shifts that offer the promise of a freer exchange of knowledge and information, explore new ways of measuring value, empower authors to make informed decisions about the use of their scholarly materials, and have significant implications for library collections budgets. In many ways, we are charting new directions in scholarly publishing.

UC Open Access Policies: Background

Read the full text and learn about the history of the UC open access policies.

Other OA Policies & Legislation

Federal agencies, private funders, state governments, and UC have all recently considered or adopted requirements to make scholarly publications freely available to the public. How does all this affect UC authors?

Understanding Copyright

Learn how copyright affects how you can use the work of others, and how you can use your own work once you’ve signed a publication agreement.

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Funding Models

Nothing’s free.  Explore how academic institutions, publishers, and other organizations are experimenting with funding models beyond subscriptions and sales.

Peer Review Models

Peer review has traditionally preceded and worked in tandem with publication. Explore new approaches, including pre-submission peer review and purposefully minimalist review.