By Joanne Miller, Senior Analyst, Strategic and Project Planning

The UC Libraries are pleased to announce new campus-based open access fund pilots to support UC faculty members who wish to make their research findings immediately and freely available to the public. Funded in part by the California Digital Library, these new open access funds will help pay the article processing charges for UC authors who want to make their articles available via open access publishing.

About Open Access: Open Access (OA) literature is free, online, and available to anyone. An open-access article has limited copyright and licensing restrictions which means anyone, anywhere, with access to the Internet may read, download, copy, and distribute that article. The business models for some open access journals shifts the cost of publication from subscriptions to authors by charging the author an article processing fee. In many fields, particularly the sciences, that fee is then charged to a research grant. Recognizing that not all scholars have grant monies to draw on, the California Digital Library has collaborated with UC campus libraries to develop this pilot program.

Links to the UC campuses participating in the OA Publishing Fund pilot can be found on the Reshaping Scholarly Communication website.

For further questions, please contact your campus Scholarly Communication Officer.