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Academic Senate of the University of California Passes 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.

Learn more about the policy and its implementation.

Press release

UC Open Access Policy Explained

On July 24, 2013 the Academic Council of the University of California adopted an Open Access policy for all ten campuses. Chris Kelty, Associate Professor of Information Studies at UCLA and chair of the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) explains the details of the policy in this series of videos.

UC Support for California Open Access Bill

The Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act (AB 609) was introduced in the California Assembly on February 20, 2013 by Assembly Member Brian Nestande. This bill would require researchers who receive state agency-funded research grants to make copies of peer-reviewed manuscripts resulting from those grants freely available to the public. On April 26, the University of California Office of State Governmental Relations released a letter supporting the bill. The full text and current status of the bill can be viewed at the California Legislative Information website.

UC Open Access Fund Pilots

The UC Libraries announce campus-based open access fund pilots to support UC faculty who wish to make their research findings immediately and freely available to the public. Learn more.

Meet Rich Schneider

Rich Schneider, UCSF Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Open Access champion, was instrumental in rallying UCSF faculty to pass an Open Access policy in May 2012. In this interview, Schneider reflects on this significant milestone and on the larger context of Open Access within the academy. View his perspective on the following:

UCSF Implements Open Access Policy

In May, 2012, the UCSF Academic Senate voted to adopt an open access policy that will help make electronic versions of current and future scientific articles freely available to the public. UCSF is the largest scientific institution in the nation to adopt an open-access policy and among the first public universities to do so.

UC Negotiations with Nature Publishing Group

Latest news:

  • University of California Update (PDF) on Discussions with Nature Publishing Group, February 13, 2012. (more…)

California Digital Library Joins PKP as Major Development Partner

On February 7, the California Digital Library (CDL) announced that it is joining the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) as a major development partner in open access scholarly publishing. More information is available here and on the CDL’s eScholarship website.

Council of University Librarians responds to OSTP RFI

On January 9, the Council of University Librarians submitted comments in response to two Requests for Information from the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. The RFI’s, released in November, 2011, asked for public input on long term preservation of and public access to the results of federally funded research, including digital data and peer-reviewed scholarly publications. See the CoUL responses here.

Google Book Search Settlement Agreement Rejected

The Google Book Search Settlement Agreement was rejected by Federal Judge Denny Chin on March 22, 2011. Judge Chin concluded that the Agreement was not “fair, adequate, and reasonable,” per legal standards. He suggested that an “opt-in” settlement, rather than the proposed “opt-out” arragement, might ameliorate objections. The full decision can be found here.

Read the UC Libraries Statement regarding the federal court decision on the proposed Google Books Amended Settlement Agreement below. (more…)