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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...

Could subscriptions for academic journals go the way of pay phones?


November 4, 2016


Deputy University Librarian, Donald Barclay, explains the OA 2020 (Open Access) initiative and discusses whether this proposed model might work. View the complete article in The Conversation 25 October 2016.

eScholarship Resources


November 4, 2016


eScholarship is an scholarly publishing service made available by the California Digital Library (CDL).

Cognitive Science Society Proceedings Hosted at eScholarship


October 24, 2016


The UC Merced Library recently began working with cognitive science Professor Michael Spivey to bring the Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society’s Annual Conference to eScholarship, UC’s Open Access publishing platform.

Luminos Open Access Model for Book Publishing


December 14, 2015


The University of California Press recently announced its first five scholarly monographs published through Luminos -- its Open Access publishing program for books. This new digital publishing program operates on a model of shared financial support with titles funded through UC Press contributions, funds from Luminos Member Libraries, and a title publication fee provided by authors. Excess revenues are used to build a waiver fund for use by future authors. Luminos provides authors the opportunity to increase their readership, especially by global audiences, due to the open access designation.