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UC Open Access Policy

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.

Sep 26, 2013 | Categories: News & Events, Scholarly Communication | bquigley

Wiley Online Library and Cochrane Library downtime on September 28

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.

Sep 26, 2013 | Categories: Problems & Down Time | bquigley

ProQuest downtime September 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:

  • Agricola
  • Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts)
  • Earthquake Engineering Abstracts
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
  • GeoRef
  • Historical Newspapers
  • PAIS International
  • PsycInfo
  • Sociological Abstracts
Sep 26, 2013 | Categories: Problems & Down Time | bquigley

Knovel University Challenge 2013

Image of the Knovel University Challenge entry page

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 11:59:59 pm EST on December 2, 2013. Please see the Rules & Prizes for more information.

Sep 17, 2013 | Categories: News & Events | bquigley

Improve your chemical information search - SciFinder Seminar, Oct 16

Graduate students, come attend the SciFinder Seminar and Demonstration with Dr. Kaushik Patel from the Chemical Abstracts Service of the American Chemical Society.

Seminar Abstract

October 16, 2013 (Wednesday)
11 am - 12 pm

Kresge Engineering Library
Training Room 110 MD
110 Bechtel Engineering Center (map)

Lunch provided after; please RSVP.

Sep 17, 2013 | Categories: News & Events, Workshops | jloo

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