UC Authors No Longer Receive PLOS Publishing Fee Discounts

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) retired its Institutional Membership Program as of October 2013. Therefore, UC authors will no longer receive a PLOS publishing fee discount.  Articles submitted on January 1, 2014 or afterwards are no longer eligible for the discount.

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SCOAP3 to start on 1 January 2014 !

Geneva 5 December 2013
After intense preparations and consensus building, CERN has today confirmed that the SCOAP3 Open Access publishing initiative will start on 1 January 2014. With the support of partners in 24 countries, a vast fraction of scientific articles in the field of High-Energy Physics will become Open Access at no cost for any author: everyone will be able to read them; authors will retain copyright; and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information.
press release

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UC Open Access Policy

University of California faculty have passed an Open Access Policy for their scholarly articles. Deposit began on November 1st for UC Irvine, UCLA, and UCSF. For UC San Diego, deposit will begin in 2014.
Watch a 90-second introduction to the policy.
For more information, please visit: uc-oa.info

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FIRST Act Threatens to Delay Public Access

If passed, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2013 (FIRST) would impede the public’s ability to access taxpayer-funded research by restricting federal science agencies’ ability to provide timely, equitable, online access to articles and data reporting on the results of research that they support.  Section 302 of the bill would undercut federal agencies’ ability to effectively implement the widely-supported White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Directive on Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research, and undermine the public access program pioneered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH),  significantly delaying American taxpayer access to results of the crucial research funded by their taxpayer dollars, and stifling critical advancements in life-saving research and scientific discovery.

Specifically, the language in Section 302 sanctions locking up articles reporting on taxpayer-funded research for up to 3 years, a time frame more than double of similar policies in effect around the world.  Other effects of the bill are mentioned in the talking points on the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) website.

If you care about keeping publicly-funded research results available, consult the SPARC website for more information and for suggestions about things you can do to voice your opposition to the bill, particularly Section 302.

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Open Access Week

Open Access Week is a global event now entering its sixth year. It’s an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

There are all kinds of sources to learn about Open Access. A timely one is a very useful webliography by Diane Dawson in this month’s College & Research Libraries News (C&RL-ACRL) that is, in itself, a useful tool for faculty authors. Dawson, Diane. 2013. Making your publications open access: Resources to assist researchers. College & Research Libraries News, 74(9), 473-476.

Along with links to Peter Suber’s (open access, downloadable) book for an overview, there are links to the Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies; SHERPA/JULIET (detailing funders’ requirements); several links related to Creative Commons licensing, author addendums and copyright information. And much, much more…

As noted below, the UC San Diego Library is hosting a panel discussion for graduate students called “Demystifying Open Access” on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, which will be held from 3:30-5:00 pm in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library.

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Demystifying Open Access, a Panel Discussion for Graduate Students

Are you interested in learning more about the Open Access (OA) movement?  Are you mystified by the OA lingo (“green OA” vs. “gold OA,” “APCs,” “funder mandates,” etc.)?  Do you wonder about the pros and cons of making your dissertation or thesis available via open access?

On October 22, 2013, the UC San Diego Library is hosting a panel discussion called “Demystifying Open Access” which will be held from 3:30-5:00 pm in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library.

The speakers will include:

  • Dr. Eric Bakovic, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Linguistics Department
  • Dr. Kim Barrett, Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Medicine
  • Dr. Maryann Martone, Co-Director of the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research, and Professor in Residence in the Department of Neurosciences
  • Dr. Stefan Tanaka, Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for the Humanities

Please join us for this illuminating discussion by some of the campus’s most knowledgeable people in this area.  Pizza and water will be served.

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UC San Diego Open Access Week Activities

Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-27) is almost here!  An international event, Open Access Week will begin on October 21 with a kickoff webinar, “Open Access: Redefining Impact,” hosted by Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. Among the topics to be discussed are Article Level Metrics (ALMs) and changing the way scholarly communication is measured. The speakers will include:

  • Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association
  • Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science
  • Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

This webinar will be streamed from 12 noon to 1 pm PST in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library.  Please join us if you can.

On October 22, from 3:30-5 pm, the UC San Diego Library is hosting a panel discussion for graduate students and others called “Demystifying Open Access.”  The purpose of this discussion, geared towards graduate students, is to focus on issues such as the basics of Open Access (OA), the OA lingo ((“green OA” vs. “gold OA,” “APCs,” “funder mandates,” etc.), and the pros and cons of making your dissertation or thesis available via open access.

The speakers will include:

  • Dr. Eric Bakovic, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Linguistics Department
  • Dr. Kim Barrett, Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Medicine
  • Dr. Maryann Martone, Co-Director of the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research, and Professor in Residence in the Department of Neurosciences
  • Dr. Stefan Tanaka, Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for the Humanities

This discussion will also take place in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library.  Please join us for this illuminating discussion by some of the campus’s most knowledgeable people in this area.  Pizza and water will be served.

 

 

 

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UC Open Access Policy Implementation (OAPI) Project Wiki

On July 24, 2013, the Academic Senate of the University of California passed an Open Access Policy, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge.

The Open Access Policy Implementation (OAPI) project is a partnership between the California Digital Library and UC campuses to build tools and services that will support faculty participation in the UC Open Access Policy, including:

  • An enhanced and streamlined workflow for depositing articles into UC’s eScholarship open access repository
  • Automated publication harvesting and notification system for UC authors, to reduce the need for manual deposit
  • Support for the generation of embargo, waiver, and addendum forms, at the author’s request

The OAPI project wiki is a public space that allows the tracking of implementation planning activities, timelines, and deliverables. The wiki reflects the current status of the project and will continue to be updated as it evolves. Visit the wiki to get an overview of this complex project.

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2013 University of California Open Access Policy

The Academic Senate of the University of California passed 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.

The policy covers more than 8,000 UC faculty and as many as 40,000 publications a year. By granting a license to the University of California prior to any contractual arrangement with publishers, faculty members can now make their research widely and publicly available, re-use it for various purposes, or modify it for future research publications.

Faculty on three campuses (UCLA, UCI and UCSF) will begin depositing articles in eScholarship on November 1, 2013. Progress on deposit implementation will be reviewed during the following year. Deposit of articles by faculty on the remaining campuses is expected to begin on November 1, 2014.

More at http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/openaccesspolicy/

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Track the progress of current Open Access bills in California, Illinois, and New York

California AB-609, California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research
Passed the Assembly, sent to the Senate and referred to committees

Illinois SB1900, Open Access to Research Articles Act
Passed both Houses, on the Governor’s desk

New York (Senate version) S4050-2013, Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research (TAPFR)
New York  (Assembly version) A180-2013, Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research (TAPFR)
Sent to committee in each House

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