June 12, 2021

UC Santa Cruz Joins the OA2020 Initiative

From UC Santa Cruz:

In June, the University of California Santa Cruz joined its sister UC campuses in taking an important step towards the goal of making all scholarly journal literature freely available to the world by endorsing the international open access (OA) initiative, OA2020. Led by the Max Planck Digital Library, OA2020 is a global alliance committed to new models of scholarly publishing that ensure outputs are open and re-usable and that the costs behind their dissemination are transparent and economically sustainable.

By adding its name to the list of 136 signatory organizations, UCSC demonstrates its strong commitment to the values the UC Academic Senate has held since the adoption of its Open Access Policy in 2013. Further, it emphasizes our campus’s support of the Senate-wide UCOLASC’s Declaration of Rights and Principles to Transform Scholarly Communication and the UC Systemwide Library And Scholarly Information Advisory Committee (SLASIAC) call to action aimed at transforming how the UC Libraries approach journal negotiations. UCSC Senate Committee on Scholarly Communication Chair, Karen Ottemann commented, “people here at UCSC produce such amazing work, it’s great to move toward making it open access to allow everyone to learn about it!“

University Librarian Elizabeth Cowell added, “As UCSC community members are aware, the costs of scholarly publishing are unsustainable. Access to content needed to conduct research is becoming more difficult for campus libraries to afford. As a member of the UC system, one of the largest producers of scholarly research, it is critical that we support international initiatives like OA 2020.”

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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