New University of California Open Access Policy

From the University of California Office of Scholarly Communication:

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.


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Publish Open Access in RSC Journals At No Charge

What’s RSC’s Gold for Gold?

  • The UC Libraries are partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry to support authors who want to make their article open access (OA), but don’t have the funding to pay the normal article publication fee (between $1600-$4000).
  • RSC’s Gold for Gold program offers voucher codes that enable UCSD researchers to publish their paper in an RSC journal as a Gold OA article, at no charge. The article will then be available to any reader even if they don’t have a subscription or access through a library.

Why Open Access?

  • Open Access publishing makes electronic versions of papers accessible to readers for free – with no barriers to access.
  • Removing paywall barriers may increase the visibility of research findings since works are easier to disseminate, easier to find, and easier to read.

Who Is Eligible?

  • You must be UCSD affiliate (Student, Staff, Faculty).
  • You must have an article that has been accepted for publication in an RSC journal and has received final approval for publication (not previously published).
  • You have not previously received a Gold for Gold voucher from UCSD Library.

How It Works?

  • Once your article has been accepted, please complete this form ( to request your voucher. Further instructions will be provided when you receive your voucher code.
  • We have a limited number of voucher codes, and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional Rules:

  • Voucher codes are provided only after your article has been accepted for publication.
  • Voucher codes must be used before December 31, 2013.


Nov 1 Lecture: Two Problems in Scholarly Communication and How to Solve Them

The UCSD Center for the Humanities and Geisel Library are pleased to present:

Publishing Distress in the Sciences and Humanities: Two Problems in Scholarly Communication and How to Solve Them
Dr. Stuart Shieber, Director, Office of Scholarly Communication at Harvard University
Thursday, November 1, 2012  —  3:30 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library
—Reception to follow at 5:00 pm

In the sciences, research results are disseminated through the journal article. In the humanities, scholarly monographs are the predominant medium. Both distribution systems are exhibiting severe signs of distress, but the sources of the problems are quite different. I will describe the symptoms in the two modes of scholarly communication, diagnose the underlying problems, and propose treatments, some proven and some speculative. 

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Public Access to Scholarly Publications: Publisher Comments

The White House Office of Science & Technology Policie put out a call for comments, “soliciting public input on long-term preservation of, and public access to, the results of federally funded research, including peer-reviewed scholarly publications as required in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.”

The comments, from researchers, libraries, universities, societies and publishers are available here. Among the science/engineering society and commercial publishers who submitted comments:

Comments from University of California Council of Librarians, ALA/Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries.


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Grant Will Build arXiv’s Self-Sustaining Future

Thanks to an award from the Simons Foundation, Cornell University Library will take a major step toward building a permanent governance model for arXiv, the free scientific repository that has revolutionized the way scientists share information.
The Simons Foundation, based in New York City, has provided a $60,000 planning grant to support the development of a governance model that will guide the online repository’s transition from interim to long-term governance.
“This is a critical step in the transition to a self-sustaining funding model,” said Oya Rieger, Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship Services. “Ensuring the future of arXiv through a stable, transparent and collaborative governance structure is one of the Library’s primary goals, and the Simons Foundation helping us make great strides toward that goal.” The Library recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of arXiv, with an event featuring the repository’s founder, Paul Ginsparg, and meetings about its governance model, support structure and organization of its advisory board. In 2001, Ginsparg joined the Cornell faculty, bringing the arXiv with him.
more : Oct 25 2011 press release

Summer Webinars on Digital Preservation, Web Archiving, Data Curation

The UC3 Summer Webinar Series is a forum for the discussion of timely topics of interest to the UC community such as digital preservation, web archiving and data curation.  The purpose of this series is to raise awareness of these issues, and the resources and services available to the UC community.  The webinars will feature librarians, scientists, and technologists.

Webinars are scheduled twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 2-3 pm PT, but check the schedule for exceptions and additions.  ReadyTalk will be used to provide both desktop and audio access.  Please feel free to drop in to whichever portion of the session that you can use.  After each seminar, the slides, audiorecording, and notes from the session will be added to this web page.

(h/t: BML Blog)

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Publishing Your Research 101 Video Series

This new video series from ACS Publications is intended to assist authors and reviewers in understanding and improving their experience with the processes of writing, submitting, editing, and reviewing manuscripts with topics like:

  • The essential elements of a scientific journal article
  • Ethical guidelines for authors and reviewers
  • Criteria to consider when selecting a suitable journal for submission
  • Writing a good cover letter
  • Suggesting peer reviewers
  • Responding to reviewer comments and editorial decisions
  • Guidance for authors who may need assistance with English language writing skills.

In the first video, How to Write a Paper to Communicate your Research, ACS asks Harvard professor George Whitesides:

  • When should you begin to think about writing up your research for publication?
  • How do your students handle your approach of writing while you research?
  • How do new technologies help scientists communicate their work?
  • How many drafts does each paper undergo? Do you have your papers undergo an internal review?
  • Do authors need to be thinking of marketing their articles?
  • How concerned should I be about the title and abstract of my papers?

Springer Open Access Pilot Ends

The UC-Springer Open Access Pilot has ended effective March 1st, 2011. During the two-year pilot negotiated between the California Digital Library (CDL) and Springer, UC-authored articles accepted for publication in 2009 and 2010 in most of the 2,000+ Springer journals were published as open access under Springer’s Open Choice program. Unfortunately, Springer has decided to discontinue this arrangement. Articles published as part of this pilot remain fully accessible through CDL’s eScholarship publishing platform as well as on the Springerlink platform. An assessment of the pilot will be conducted this spring.

UC authors wishing to make their articles freely available to readers will now need to pay to participate in Springer Open Choice or they can submit their work to one of the new open access journals published as part of SpringerOpen. Authors may also wish to consider other open access venues for disseminating their work.

Please feel free to contact Ivy Anderson at the California Digital Library with any questions.

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Data management services: Research Cyberinfrastructure (RCI)

RCI offers UC San Diego researchers the computing, network, and human infrastructure needed to create, manage, and share data. Principal investigators are encouraged to use the campus’s RCI in addressing federal sponsors’ existing and new data management requirements. SDSC’s favorable pricing can help researchers justify costs associated with data generation and management—costs that are increasingly included in proposal budgets.
For more information visit the new RCI website
or contact Ardys Kozbial, UC San Diego Libraries, 2-6537 akozbial @ ucsd .edu

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AIP Advances Launches with First Articles

AIP Advances is a fully open access (no subscription required for any reader), online-only community-based journal, covering all areas of applied physical science, including those topics not currently covered by the existing AIP journals. As an open access journal with advanced web 2.0 tools, the global research community will be able to find, share, evaluate, and discuss scientific research in new ways.

AIP Advances is a publication funded via an author-pays model. Authors publishing manuscripts in AIP Advances retain copyright and grant the publisher a license to publish under a Creative Commons agreement. The pre-publication peer review process focuses on whether the manuscript is technically correct and original. Concepts of ‘timeliness’, ‘significance’, or ‘importance’ are evaluated by the community post publication through the implementation of web 2.0 commenting and ranking tools.

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