What is Open Access?
Open Access is a growing international movement that encourages the unrestricted sharing of research results for the advancement and enjoyment of science and society. Open Access proponents seek to make all research freely accessible online immediately after publication through open access journals and repositories.
The Open Access philosophy was firmly articulated in 2002, when the Budapest Open Access Initiative was introduced. It quickly took root in the scientific and medical communities because it offered an alternative route to research literature that was frequently closed off behind costly subscription barriers.
How does the UC Merced Library support Open Access?
- The library is a supporting member of SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. SPARC seeks to promote scholarly communication models that broaden the dissemination of scholarly research by networking the current digital environment.
- The library partners with the California Digital Library (CDL) to provide support for scholars who wish to publish in open access journals through the UC Merced Open Access Fund.
- The library is available to work with faculty to help them understand and implement the new UC Open Access Policy, and assist them with depositing their articles in eScholarship, the University of California Institutional Repository.
- The library participates in International Open Access week every year in October. See our Open Access Week web page for information on this year's events.