May 16, 2022

UC Irvine is the First University of California Campus to Launch Presidential Open Access Policy

From the U. of California Office of Scholarly Communication:

This week, UC Irvine became the first UC campus to launch the UC Presidential Open Access Policy implementation, enabling UC Irvine Health Science Clinical Professors and Librarians to join their Academic Senate colleagues in using the UC Publication Management System to make their scholarly articles freely available in eScholarship, UC’s open access repository and publishing platform.

Thanks to increasingly enthusiastic participation in the Academic Senate OA Policy, the global community (both academic and public) now has access to nearly 46,000 articles that would otherwise be locked behind publisher paywalls. Participation in the Presidential OA Policy builds on this momentum by extending UC’s OA policy participation to an additional 210,000 employees, substantially broadening the reach of UC research and scholarship, and granting UC the distinction of having the most extensive institutional OA policy in the country. UC’s OA policies collectively empower all UC employees to make their publications freely available in eScholarship, regardless of where those articles are originally published or how restrictive the publishers’ default use policies might be.


UC’s Presidential Open Access Policy extends to all non-Senate UC employees the open access rights and responsibilities already enjoyed by Senate faculty under the UCSF Senate and Systemwide Senate Open Access Policies.

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