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The University of California recently received a takedown notice for 9 articles that had been uploaded by UC authors to eScholarship, UC’s open access repository.
- All 9 articles were published by the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE).
- None were recent articles covered by the new UC Open Access Policy. They were all uploaded between 2004 and 2008.
- All of them appeared to be the publisher-formatted PDFs. Authors signing ASCE’s unmodified publication agreement agree to only post an author’s version “after peer review and prior to copyediting or other ASCE production activities” to a repository. Additionally, authors posting their own versions are supposed to link to the final article’s location on ASCE’s site. Some of these articles had those links; others did not.
- The articles were from collections associated with three different campuses. Co-authors were at other campuses and non-UC institutions.