By Jacqueline Wilson, CDL Senior Associate for Shared Content

A task force appointed by the Scholarly Communications Officers (SCO) worked with the California Digital Library (CDL) to prepare information on the UC/Springer Open Access Journal Publishing Pilot, originally announced in January, for distribution to UC authors on each campus.  The information can be found on the Reshaping Scholarly Communication site at http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/alternatives/springer_faq.html.  This site includes a FAQ, a link to the Springer journals covered by the pilot as well as a short list of titles excluded from the program.  It is expected that campuses will customize the information to suit their local audience.

As was noted in the original message about this arrangement, it will be important to the success of the pilot that as many UC authors as possible know about this open access opportunity.  Scholarly Communications Officers and others will distribute information about this agreement to appropriate faculty and other authors on their campus as part of the local publicity plans that they have developed.

Final versions of the Springer journal articles published during the pilot will be available in the eScholarship Repository beginning in the fall.

CDL is pleased to have made this ground-breaking arrangement with Springer on behalf of UC authors and the Task Force is looking forward to assessing the results of this experiment as it unfolds over the next two years.

UC/Springer Open Access Journal Publishing Pilot Task Group:

Ivy Anderson (CDL)
Catherine Mitchell (CDL)
Margaret Phillips (Berkeley)
Jacqueline Wilson (CDL, Chair)