Scholarly Communications

Open Access (OA) Week, October 20-26, celebrates and encourages free, immediate, online access to scholarly research and the right to use and re-use research results. During this week, libraries, universities, and researchers plan events designed to raise awareness of the ways open access to information can benefit society and individuals.

View local OA events.

UC is a strong supporter of Open Access. Last summer the Academic Senate passed an Open Access Policy. Faculty at three of the UC campuses have started to deposit publications into eScholarship in order that research can be made freely available to the public. This process is becoming increasingly streamlined and will soon involve automatic harvesting.

Informative FAQs about the UC Open Access Policy are provided by the Office of Scholarly Communications.


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Last year, the UC Merced Library helped nine faculty members publish articles in open access journals by paying the publication fees. Before the end of March, they hope to help a few more.

The Library’s Open Access Fund pilot program was established to support researchers interested in reshaping the current models of scholarly publishing by submitting their articles to open access journals. Thus far, UC Merced scholars have received more than $10,000 of financial support to publish in open access journals such as Biological Procedures Online, Optical Materials Express, PLoS One, and Nature Scientific Reports. Dr. David Ardell, a fund recipient from the School of Natural Sciences, is an enthusiastic advocate of this new publishing model and the support he received from the library. “Not having to buy journal subscriptions saves libraries money, so it makes lots of sense for part of the library budget to be directed to faculty to publish in open access journals… I hope that your program continues past its pilot.”

The pilot officially ends on March 31, 2014 or until funds are expended. UC Merced faculty, lecturers, and graduate students interested in receiving funds are urged to apply soon. Information on eligibility and guidelines for application are available on the library’s Open Access Fund web page.



The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has announced that the SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) initiative will begin on January 1, 2014.

SCOAP3 will make a large number of scientific articles in the field of High-Energy Physics widely available via open access. This will not cost authors anything, and they will retain copyright. Additionally, licenses will enable wide re-use of information.

UC Libraries helped bring SCOAP3 to life, and the California Digital Library (CDL) has signed an MOU confirming UC’s participation as a SCOAP3 partner. UC Libraries will serve as an archival and access repository for articles.

More information can be found in this SCOAP3 press release, or by contacting the Library.


The California Digital Library has produced a 90-second video to introduce the recently-passed University of California Open Access Policy. Click the image above to watch.

Questions about the new OA policy? Visit the UC Office of Scholarly Communication web page.


Join us in the library today at noon for a SPARC Webinar - Open Access: Redefining Impact

This kick-off event for International Open Access Week will be a panel discussion focused on how Article Level Metrics are redefining scholarly impact. Panelists for the event are:

Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities

Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association

Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science

Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

Faculty and interested graduate students are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy the broadcast.

Questions? Contact Susan Mikkelsen



The University of California issued the following press release last Friday:

"The Academic Senate of the University of California has passed an Open Access Policy, 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 Academic Council's adoption of this policy on July 24, 2013, came after a six-year process culminating in two years of formal review and revision," said Robert Powell, chair of the Academic Council. "Council's intent is to make these articles widely — and freely — available in order to advance research everywhere." Articles will be available to the public without charge via eScholarship (UC's open access repository) in tandem with their publication in scholarly journals. Open access benefits researchers, educational institutions, businesses, research funders and the public by accelerating the pace of research, discovery and innovation and contributing to the mission of advancing knowledge and encouraging new ideas and services." Read more...

For more information on this significant development in UC Scholarly Communications, visit:

University of California, Reshaping Scholarly Communications

eScholarship - UC Institutional Repository

The Chronicle of Higher Education Article, Open Access Gains Major Support in University of California's Systemwide Move




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The Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) recognizes individuals who have used, applied, or remixed scientific research — published through Open Access — to make a difference in science, medicine, business, technology or society as a whole.

  • Three top awards of $30,000 each*
  • A trip to Washington, D.C., to be honored at Open Access Week in October, 2013
  • Inclusion in a portfolio book distributed online and in print around the world

For more information: 


May 1, 2013 - ASAP Program Launch

May 1 - June 15, 2013 - Nominations Accepted

August 2013 - Finalists Notified

October 21, 2013 - Award Winners Announced


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The Royal Society of Chemistry recently launched the Gold for Gold initiative to encourage faculty who publish in RSC journals to make their articles open access. This program offers voucher codes that enable Merced researchers to publish their paper in RSC journals free of charge without paying the normal open access article publication fees.
Publishing open access makes your work easier to find, read and disseminate. We hope faculty will consider taking advantage of this opportunity. Voucher codes are available on a first-come first-served basis and must be used before 12/31/13.
For more information on how to apply for a voucher, please visit the RSC Voucher Web Page.
Questions? Contact Susan Mikkelsen 209-658-1832.


Open Access Logo Beginning Tuesday, January 15, 2013, the UC Merced Library will launch a pilot fund to support open access publishing costs. Along with all other UC campus libraries, we are partnering with the California Digital Library (CDL), to assist scholars who do not have other grant funds available to pay for open access publishing fees. The primary goals of the program are to support UC researchers interested in reshaping the current models of scholarly publishing and to foster greater dissemination of the scholarly output of the university. In addition, we hope to educate and encourage scholars about the importance of controlling their own copyright.

The pilot program will be in effect through December 2013, but funds are limited. We encourage authors to submit applications early.

To learn more about open access publishing and how to apply for funding, please visit our Open Access Fund web page.


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