On July 24, 2013, the University of California became the largest academic institution to adopt an open access policy. UC’s Academic Council passed the policy, which strives to make all of UC’s scholarly article output freely accessible to the public (see the press release). This policy applies to UC’s 8,000 faculty and the 40,000 peer-reviewed journal articles they publish every year.
The UC policy comes a little more than a year after UCSF passed its own open access policy. UCSF’s Academic Senate endorsed the UC policy, but opted to continue abiding by the terms in the pre-existing UCSF policy. The two policies are virtually identical but for two points: UCSF’s policy is restricted to non-commercial use, and authors must deposit an archival copy even if they opt out of the license for an article.
The premise of the OA Policy is that faculty have granted a license to the University of California prior to any contractual arrangement with publishers. This license allows faculty members to deposit the final versions of published papers in an open access repository such as eScholarship and to re-use their work for various purposes. Authors are still free to publish in whichever journals they choose.
Faculty on three campuses (UCLA, UCI and UCSF) will begin depositing articles in eScholarship on November 1, 2013. The California Digital Library and the UC Libraries are investigating tools to streamline the workflow for faculty. For more information, see:
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