UC Libraries & Springer: New Open Access Agreement

The University of California Libraries and Springer Science+Business Media (Springer) have concluded a ground-breaking experimental agreement to support open access publishing by UC authors. The arrangement is part of the journals license negotiated by the California Digital Library on behalf of the ten campuses of the University of California.

Under the terms of the agreement, articles by UC-affiliated authors accepted for publication in a Springer journal beginning in 2009 will be published using Springer Open Choice with full and immediate open access. There will be no separate per-article charges, since costs have been factored into the overall license. Articles will be released under a license compatible with the Creative Commons (by-nc: Attribution, Non-commercial) license. In addition to access via the Springer platform, final published articles will also be deposited in the California Digital Library’s eScholarship Repository.

The University of California-Springer agreement is the first large-scale open access experiment of its type undertaken with a major commercial publisher in North America. “UC faculty have told us that they want open access publishing options in order to increase the impact of their published work and eliminate barriers to educational and research use,” said Ivy Anderson, Director of Collections for the California Digital Library, which licenses content on behalf of the University of California libraries. “Just as importantly, they want these options in the journals in which they routinely publish, without disrupting their normal research activity. The CDL agreement with Springer supports the transformation that our faculty seeks, while continuing the libraries’ crucial role in facilitating access to research information. Springer is a leader among commercial publishers in open access experimentation, making it a natural partner for the University of California in this endeavor.”

HOW SPRINGER OPEN CHOICE WILL WORK:
An article is eligible for Springer Open Choice if even one of the authors of an article is from UC.
To invoke the Open Choice option, the corresponding or submitting author simply selects a UC campus affiliation from a drop-down box that appears on the acceptance screens that he or she completes once the article has been accepted for publication. Therefore, the submitting author, if not from UC, must know about the program and indicate that one of their co-authors possesses a UC affiliation. This requires that the UC authors be familiar with the pilot and remember to inform their co-authors about the program. A message on the acceptance screen will indicate that the Open Choice option is being made available to them at no charge through an arrangement with the University of California Libraries.

Adds Richard Schneider, Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Director, Parnassus Molecular & Cell Biology Lab at the University of California, San Francisco: “Open access will support faculty aspirations for new modes of journal publishing that facilitate the broad dissemination of ideas and improve public access to taxpayer-funded research. This is a critical time as new models for scholarly communications emerge, and I am excited that the UC Libraries are at the forefront and are playing a key leadership role.”

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