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Movie Night- The Internet's Own Boy


October 9, 2019


Join Movie Night and the screening of The Internet's Own Boy, the story of Aaron Swartz and ideas about freedom of information and the internet. An Open Access Week Event.

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A Guide to Success in Scientific Publishing


October 7, 2019


Michal N Dawson, Editor-in-Chief- Journal of Biogeography will lead a workshop on November 14, 2019 sharing his perspectives for those who are interested in publishing their first work or those who are simply interested in learning more about the process.

The Joy of Search: Research with Open Content


October 4, 2019


Join The Joy of Search: Research with Open Content with Google's Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality and User Happiness, Daniel Russell. Hear from Daniel what Google's searchers think about open content and why open access is not yet the perfect solution to all information access problems.

Punctum Books: Experimental Publishing & Unconventional Scholarlship- A Talk with Eileen Joy


September 26, 2019


Join Eileen Joy, co-founder and publisher of Punctum Books, for a talk about innovative publishing models and unconventional scholarship. An Open Access Week event.

Elsevier Access Suspended


July 10, 2019


The University of California has been out of contract with Elsevier since January, but until now the publisher continued to allow access to 2019 articles via ScienceDirect. As of today, July 10, 2019 UC’s direct access to new Elsevier articles has been discontinued.

UC Enters Open Access Agreement with Cambridge University Press


April 10, 2019


The University of California and Cambridge University Press have entered into a transformative agreement that will advance the global shift toward an open access future for research.

The agreement is designed to maintain UC’s access to Cambridge’s journals, while also supporting open access publishing for UC authors. The partnership is UC’s first open access agreement with a major publisher and Cambridge’s first such deal in the Americas.

View the full press release here

Elsevier Journal Negotiations: 2/28 Update


December 18, 2018


February 28, 2019: The University of California announced this morning that they are ceasing negotiations with Elsevier. UCOP has published a press release and the Academic Senate has published a letter to faculty discussing its decision.

Visit the Elsevier Journal Negotiations page for more information.

Open Access Week 2018


October 22, 2018


What is Open Access?

Open Access is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge.

Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review.

OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Business models for paying the bills depend on how...

CDL Joins Royal Society Open Access Membership
Author: Sarah Sheets


April 5, 2018


CDL has recently joined the Royal Society Open Access Membership, an agreement under which UC-affiliated authors from any UC campus get a 25% discount off of Article Processing Charges (APCs) paid to Royal Society for open access publication during 2018. Royal Society’s journal content includes many traditional subscription journals, for which authors may opt to pay an APC to make their article Open Access, along with two full Open Access journals, for which an APC is needed for publication. The discount applies to APCs paid for either type of journal, with no restrictions to the number of times this discount may be used throughout the year.

APS and CERN Sign an Open Access Agreement for SCOAP³


April 27, 2017


The American Physical Society (APS) and The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), as the host organization of SCOAP³ (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics), have entered into an agreement to publish high-energy physics (HEP) articles from the three top journals of the APS – Physical Review Letters, Physical Review D, and Physical Review C - as open access as of January 1, 2018. This will bring SCOAP³ to attaining near to 90% coverage of all high energy physics literature, allowing free and unrestricted sharing of scientific information within the global scientific community, for the advancement of science.
Managed by CERN, SCOAP³ is the largest global open access initiative ever created, a global consortium of 3,000 libraries and research institutes in 44 countries, with the added support of eight research funding agencies. Since its beginnings in 2014, it has made 15,000 articles by about 20,000 scientists from 100 countries...

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