The California Digital Library announced that the UC-Springer Open Access Pilot has ended effective March 1st, 2011. During the two-year pilot negotiated between the California Digital Library (CDL) and Springer, UC-authored articles accepted for publication in 2009 and 2010 in most of the 2,000+ Springer journals were published as open access under Springer?s Open Choice program. Unfortunately, Springer has decided to discontinue this arrangement. Articles published as part of this pilot remain fully accessible through CDL?s eScholarship publishing platform as well as on the Springerlink platform. An assessment of the pilot will be conducted this spring.
After broad consultation, the California Digital Library (CDL) has cancelled the systemwide license to the Informa Healthcare (IHC) journals. According to the CDLINFO News, three important principles were the basis for this decision: "the reality of UC library budgets and a mandate to reduce consortial spending, the use of clear value metrics to inform decisions of fiscal responsibility, and the need for sustainable pricing in the scholarly publishing marketplace."
Additional information is available on CDL's Challenges to Licensing page.
eScholarship will extend its robust repository and publishing services platform to include UC undergraduate work, effective immediately. The CDL and UC Libraries recognize the clear and pressing need for the establishment of a service for the dissemination of substantial undergraduate research and publications, which are an increasingly prevalent outcome of the undergraduate education at the University of California. eScholarship already serves the repository and open access publishing needs of UC faculty and graduate students by providing access to nearly 40,000 research publications and 37 UC-affiliated open access journals representing over 275 academic units. Our undergraduate research services will include support for faculty-sponsored undergraduate journals, capstone projects, prizewinning papers, etc. We look forward to working with the campuses to spread the word about this new service. For any inquiries or questions, please contact Catherine Mitchell, Director of Publishing Services, California Digital Library (firstname.lastname@example.org)
January 21, 2011: The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) celebrates its three year anniversary today. BRII supports faculty members, post-docs, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication. Over the last three years, BRII has approved more than 100 requests thus increasing the amount of Berkeley research that is open access. Through this program, BRII has also encouraged faculty to manage their copyright and has supported those researchers who wish to make their findings more widely available but who may not have access to alternative grant or departmental funding sources. Those benefiting from BRII come from a wide range of disciplines including environmental sciences, public health, engineering, energy and resources, life sciences, education and psychology. For more information on BRII along with instructions on how to apply for funding for your open access journal article go to the BRII website.
International Open Access Week continues with a talk by John Willinsky on Open Access and other Intellectual Properties of Learning
Thursday, November 4
In this talk, Professor John Willinsky will provide a brief update on current developments in open access. He will sketch out a host of reasons (historical, philosophical, economic, and legal) why some form of open access on a global basis is an entirely reasonable expectation, full of educational and intellectual advantages.
John Willinsky is the Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University and director of the Public Knowledge Project. Much of his published work, as well as PKP's journal and conference management software, is freely available through the project's website.