Due to the power outage on campus, Doe and Bancroft Libraries, as well as the Gardner Stacks, are currently closed. Additionally, the networks are down in the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library and in the Moffitt Library, and the power is out in Moffitt (which remains open for studying only). All other campus libraries are open as usual. We apologize for the inconvenience and will reopen all buildings as soon as possible.
The Academic Senate of the University of California passed an Open Access Policy (PDF) 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 covers more than 8,000 UC faculty at all 10 campuses of the University of California, and as many as 40,000 publications a year.
Open Access (OA) is scholarly literature that is free, digital, and available to anyone online with no embargo period. Anyone with access to the Internet may read, download, and copy an OA article. The new UC policy follows more than 175 other universities 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 author's 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 UC 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:
For questions, contact the Library's open access group.
Originally posted to the UC Berkeley Scholarly Communication News blog.
Wiley will be making upgrades to the Wiley Online Library and The Cochrane Library this Saturday, September 28, 2013, so these resources will be unavailable for approx. 4 hours between 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. There will also be some delays to online publishing between September 25-28.
ProQuest databases will be unavailable from 7 p.m.-11:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28 while they install new enhancements.
This outage will affect a number of our databases including the following:
The Knovel University Challenge 2013 has begun!
Use Knovel to correctly answer a series of science and engineering questions for a chance to win a Samsung Chromebook, Roku 3 Streaming Media Player, and other prizes. The contest runs September 9 through December 1, and it is open to registered students at universities (such as UC Berkeley) with a current subscription to Knovel. There are weekly chances to win as well as the grand prize drawing at the end.
The deadline to enter for the grand prize drawing is