In each of the University of California’s agreements with scholarly journal publishers, the UC libraries strive to uphold the university’s core values and policies, including:

  • Free and open access to UC research: Open access publishing supports UC’s public service mission by ensuring people across California and around the world can learn from and build on the university’s research and scholarly work.
  • Responsible stewardship of state funds: As a public university system, UC is committed to containing the rapidly rising costs associated with scholarly journals and making the transition to open access financially sustainable.
  • Protecting author rights: UC believes that authors should retain copyright in their work. They should be able to share and reuse their own research publications and data without permission from or payment to the publisher.

These guiding principles have been reinforced time and again by UC’s Academic Senate and administrative leaders. The following policies and public statements explain the context, rationale and principles that underpin all of the university’s publisher negotiations. (For a list of UC’s current agreements, visit the Open Access Publishing Agreements and Discounts page.)

Public Statements and Guiding Principles

University Policies

UC’s 2018-2020 Negotiations with Elsevier

Links to archived information about the negotiations, including statements of support and key press coverage, is available on the Historical Information Regarding UC’s Negotiations with Elsevier page.