May 28, 2022

University of California Awards Contract for Publication Harvesting System to Support UC’s Open Access Policy

From the California Digital Library:

The California Digital Library (CDL), in conjunction with University of California campus partners, has chosen Symplectic as the vendor to implement a publication harvesting system in support of the UC Open Access Policy, passed by the Academic Senate in July 2013.

Symplectic’s flagship product, Elements, will form the basis of a research information management system intended to simplify participation in UC’s OA Policy by providing an efficient method for faculty to deposit their research into eScholarship, UC’s institutional repository. This system holds great promise for dramatically increasing the rate of deposit of faculty publications in accordance with the policy.

Elements will closely monitor publication sources, including public and licensed publication indexes, for any new materials published by UC authors. Once a new publication is detected in the indexes, the system will collect as much information about that publication as possible and contact the author(s) by email for confirmation and manuscript upload. Author-approved publications will then be automatically submitted to eScholarship, where they will be openly available to the public.

The publication harvesting system will launch in June 2014, and will serve the three pilot campuses (UC Irvine, UCLA, and UCSF).

Contingent on funding and review by the Academic Senate rollout to other UC campuses is scheduled to take place in June 2015.

The Symplectic web site shows that Duke U., Georgia Tech U., U. of Cambridge, and U. of Oxford are also customers.

See Also: Elements Product Tour

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