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Open Access News

ImageLibraries Support Faculty Compliance with UC Open Access Policy

It has been over a year since the faculty UC Academic Senate approved the UC Open Access Policy on July 23, 2013. The first campuses to implement this policy are: UCSF, UCI, and UCLA. Here at UCI, the Libraries has taken a lead role in assisting faculty with depositing articles, answering questions about the policy, and more recently, developing and providing new services to help faculty comply with it.

At the UC Academic Senate's request, the UCI Libraries has been working with the California Digital Library to implement a publication harvesting system to support faculty participation in the UC Open Access Policy. The UC Publications System monitors common publication databases on the internet and harvests data about publications authored by UCI faculty. As a faculty user, you will simply claim your publications and upload a file -- all without having to enter publication data manually. Claiming and adding publications will be easier and faster than ever before. This new system will interact with existing campus systems that track faculty research and may also interface with academic personnel tracking systems for tenure and promotion.

ImageThe scope of the UC OA Policy covers articles for which a publication agreement was signed after July 24, 2013 and going forward. Many faculty are so supportive of the concept of OA that they have been willing to deposit articles that predate this policy. Since November 2013, over 1000 previously-published research articles from UCI faculty have been added to eScholarship, making their research widely available for re-use and attribution for future research publications.

Campus departments have also added their faculty publications with the help of librarians and support staff. For example, the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) has added over 224 papers on translational medicine and the Earth System Science Department has loaded more than 921 research articles on water resource modeling for droughts, atmospheric effects of wildfires, and climate change.

Connecting the Public to Translational Research at UCI

The Libraries has partnered with the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) to make biomedical research at UCI more accessible to the general public through eScholarship, the University of California’s institutional repository. The ICTS acts as a catalyst for biomedical discovery, offering resources and services to accelerate the process of moving scientific discoveries from basic research labs into clinical applications employed in a healthcare setting. The scientific community and federal funding agencies agree that community engagement is a crucial element in advancing translational medicine and understanding public health needs.

ImageMany UCI researchers are already depositing their scholarly research articles into eScholarship in accordance with the UC Open Access Policy, but the ICTS is taking it a step further in the name of consumer health information. After creating their own ICTS eScholarship Collection to highlight their scholarly publications and annual translational science meetings, ICTS administrators decided to utilize repository features to promote lay summaries written for the general public.

The ICTS is producing these lay summaries to accompany the traditional, highly technical research publications that have resulted from the Participant Experience Enhancement in Research (PEER) program. Developed by ICTS, the PEER program views research volunteers as active partners in translational research and created these summaries so that participants and the public can have access to UCI research without the often perplexing medical jargon. See an example here of an ICTS original research publication and then view the lay summary located under 'Supporting Material' in the menu to the left.

As a public institution, UC Irvine is committed to public benefit. The UCI Libraries advocates for open access to information and collaborates with academic and research units to make available discoveries in health and beyond.

We will continue to keep you informed of new developments via our website.

For further information, please contact Mitchell Brown, Scholarly Communications Coordinator (x49732 or mcbrown@uci.edu), or Dana Peterman, Head, Collection Development Department (x40607, x48321 or dpeterma@uci.edu).