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From the University Librarian

Libraries Help Usher in Open Access

ImageAs is now widely known, the UC Academic Senate passed a UC Open Access Policy in July 2013 that ensures that future research articles authored by UC faculty will be made openly available to the public at no charge. The new policy will ultimately benefit society by increasing access to information and advancing research.

Here at UCI, the Libraries have taken the lead in helping the faculty to implement this important policy by providing guidance and tips on how to deposit articles efficiently. These are some of the many ways we are assisting with the process:

  • Our staff are taking active steps to notify publishers about the policy and the license granted therein to UCI to make articles openly accessible.
  • Last October, we hosted a panel presentation with a number of Open Access experts to share information and answer questions. Faculty had the opportunity to upload their journal articles during the program.
  • On November 1, we began helping faculty deposit their articles in eScholarship, UC’s open access repository. The articles are available to the public without charge via eScholarship in tandem with their publication in scholarly journals.
  • Working with the California Digital Library, the Libraries created a website with easy links to the UC Open Access FAQ, deposit workflow instructions, a waiver/embargo generator, a quick-start guide to the deposit process, and a 90-second video introducing faculty to the policy and motivating them to deposit their work in eScholarship.
  • The Libraries launched an Open Access Publishing Fund pilot to help pay open access publishing charges for researchers who do not have grant funds available to cover them. The fund has supported at least twenty-four open access research articles for faculty, research staff, and graduate students.

These are some of the exciting developments on the new Open Access frontier and how the UCI Libraries are participating as a partner in your research success.
In addition, the Libraries are helping develop a harvesting system that will assist faculty in complying with the new Open Access policy. Beginning in January 2014, UCI, UCSF and UCLA began participating in a pilot for the new harvesting system which will closely monitor academic journal publishers and online indexes for research articles published by UC authors. Author approved publications will then be submitted to eScholarship, where they will become available to the public.

ImageThe system is intended to interact with both existing campus systems that track faculty research, and potentially academic personnel tracking systems for tenure and promotion. The new harvesting tool is expected to be available this summer.

These are some of the exciting developments on the new Open Access frontier and how the UCI Libraries are participating as a partner in your research success. We will continue to keep you informed of new developments via our Scholarly Communication and Digital Scholarship Services websites.

For further information, please contact Mitchell Brown, Scholarly Communications Coordinator (x49732 or mcbrown@uci.edu).

Best Wishes,

Lorelei Tanji
University Librarian