More than 2600 electronic dissertations and theses (ETDs) by UC Berkeley authors are now available on eScholarship dating back to 2009. UC Berkeley dissertations continue to be available on ProQuest Theses and Dissertations (a subscription database) and on the Library digital repository. By making them more available on eScholarship, however, these dissertations will be more easily discoverable via Google. This step towards greater open access is consistent with the Graduate Division's longstanding position -- one shared by the Berkeley Library -- that "UC Berkeley upholds the tradition that [Berkeley scholars] have an obligation to make [their] research available to other scholars."
You can see Berkeley dissertations on eScholarship by browsing Theses and Dissertations. You can also narrow your results by discipline or campus.
Berkeley dissertations will continue to be cataloged in OskiCat. Dissertations published since 2009 include links to a publically-available version of the dissertation housed on the Library's digital repository.
For access to thousands of freely-available dissertations from over 800 colleges and universities, go to the Open Access Theses and Dissertations database.
September 2013: The UC Berkeley Library has entered into a partnership with PeerJ, a new fully peer-reviewed, open access (OA) journal in the biological, medical and health sciences. Under the terms of this partnership, when a paper by a Berkeley author is accepted for publication in PeerJ, the Berkeley Library will automatically pay the cost of a Basic Membership for each Berkeley author. That membership will allow authors to publish one PeerJ article every year, for life, for free.
About PeerJ: PeerJ is a new open-access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal which publishers research articles in the biological sciences, medical sciences and health sciences. PeerJ maintains rigorous peer-review standards and is committed to rapid review and fast publication of research results. PeerJ selects articles "based only on a determination of scientific and methodological soundness, not on subjective determinations of 'impact,' 'novelty' or 'interest.'" Articles are easily discovered in Google Scholar as well as PubMed and PubMed Central. Unlike many OA publications which charge authors per publication, PeerJ provides low-cost memberships to individuals, which gives them lifetime rights to publish in PeerJ. All authors on a paper must have a 'paid Membership.'
For more information about the UC Berkeley/PeerJ membership, contact the Library's Scholarly Communications Officer.
California Classical Studies has announced that their first open-access book has been published. The digital edition of Leslie Kurke, The Traffic in Praise: Pindar and the Poetics of Social Economy, a reprint with corrections of the edition of 1990, has been published on eScholarship, the full PDF of which is freely available and immediately downloadable. The book is also available as a Print on Demand paperback for$29.95.
The editors of California Classical Studies have announced that they "are eager to receive submissions of long-form scholarship for peer-review, including hybrid works that include an extended textual element suitable for printing along with associated files to be offered in digital form only. The series aims to disseminate basic research (editing and analysis of primary materials both textual and physical), data-heavy research, and highly specialized research. "
See also Daily Cal on California Classical Studies (October 24, 2012).
The Academic Senate of the University of California passed an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, 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 policy, which covers more than 8,000 UC faculty, will allow faculty members to make as many as 40,000 publications a year widely and publicly available.
Open Access (OA) is scholarly literature that is free, digital, and available to anyone online. Anyone, anywhere, with access to the Internet may read, download, and copy an OA article. The new UC policy follows more than 175 other universities (including Harvard University) who have adopted similar so-called "green" open access policies. Green OA allows authors to publish, as they always have, in traditional commercial or society journals and then post an authors' version on eScholarship. That research then becomes widely available and discoverable via tools like Google.
In the full Academic Senate statement on the new policy, Richard A. Schneider, UCSF Professor and chair of the Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication at UCSF states, "The ten UC campuses generate around 2-3% of all the peer-reviewed articles published in the world every year, and this policy will make many of those articles freely available to anyone who is interested anywhere, whether they are colleagues, students, or members of the general public."
What does this mean for Berkeley faculty? Three campuses (UCSF, UCLA, UCI) will move forward with the policy this fall, with Berkeley joining in Fall 2014. The Library will develop supporting materials to assist Berkeley faculty.
For more information on the new policy see:
The VIsion Science Program presents, "What's all the fuss about about Open Access?" Tuesday, June 4 from 12 noon to 1 o'clock in 489 Minor Hall. Peter Binfield, publisher of PeerJ and formerly of PLOS ONE will discuss the open access movement and how it has led to the birth of innovative journals like PLOS ONE, PeerJ and eLife. Read a full description of this talk on the campus calendar.
For background, see Dr. Binfield's 2009 talk on article-level metrics sponsored by the Berkeley library.