Open Access Publishing Vouchers Available for RSC Journals

Publish gold open access articles in RSC journals at no charge

The UC Berkeley Library is partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry to support free Gold Open Access publishing under the RSC's Gold for Gold initiative.

This program offers voucher codes that enable Berkeley researchers to publish their paper in Royal Society of Chemistry journals free of charge, as a Gold Open Access (OA) article, without paying the normal article publication fee (between £1000 and £2500).

Benefits of Gold OA publishing

Gold Open Access publishing makes electronic versions of papers accessible to readers for free - without any subscriptions or fees.

Removing paywall barriers may increase the visibility of research findings since works are easier to disseminate, easier to find, and easier to read.  Further details about RSC journals and Open Access are available here.

You are eligible if

  • You are affiliated with UC Berkeley or LBNL (e.g., student, staff, faculty) and
  • Your article is new and has been accepted for publication by RSC (i.e., vouchers cannot be used for articles that have already been published) and
  • You have not previously received a Gold for Gold voucher from the UC Berkeley Library in 2014

Get your voucher code

After your article has been accepted for publication by an RSC journal, please complete the form at to request your Gold for Gold voucher code.

Due to limited numbers, the Library will distribute the voucher codes on a first-come-first-served basis.

Fine print

  • Voucher codes are provided only after your article has been accepted for publication
  • Voucher codes must be used before December 31, 2014


Please contact Jeffery Loo, Chemistry Librarian, at jloo [at]

Apr 24, 2014 | Categories: Initiatives | jloo

BRII Update

March 26, 2014: Due to the popularity of the program, the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) has used up its funds. No new applications for BRII funding are being accepted at this time.

Those who have already been approved for funding may still submit reimbursement requests.

For other open access publishing options, see Free OA options for Berkeley authors. For questions about BRII or open access in general, contact

Mar 26, 2014 | Categories: Open Access | mphillip

Free OA options for Berkeley authors

UC Berkeley authors have several options to publish their article in open access journals. Open access (OA), which is literature that is free, digital and available to anyone online thus ensuring broad worldwide readership has the potential to increase the impact of the research presented.

Listed below are three peer-reviewed, rapid dissemination, OA journals in which Berkeley authors can publish without paying an article processing charge (APC).

  • PeerJ: publishes original research in the biological, medical and health sciences. Due to a partnership with the Berkeley Library, there is no cost for Berkeley authors to publish in PeerJ. (read more)
  • SAGE Open: publishes original research and review articles in humanities, social and behavioral sciences. The Library underwrites Berkeley authors' publishing costs. (read more)
  • eLife: publishes original research in life sciences and biomedicine. It is free to publish in eLife while the journal is being established though there are plans to institute article processing charges for authors in the future.

There are many other options for publishing open access, most of which require authors to pay an article processing charge (APC). For more information on these publishing outlets, see Selective List of Open Access Fees.

If you have any questions, please ask your Library Liaison.

Jan 30, 2014 | Categories: Open Access | mphillip

Dissertations on eScholarship

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.

Oct 02, 2013 | Categories: UC Policies, Open Access | mphillip

PeerJ membership for UCB

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.

Sep 09, 2013 | Categories: Initiatives | mphillip

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