University of California passes system-wide Open Access policy

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Academic Senate and the University of California have passed a groundbreaking Open Access policy that asserts the rights of faculty at any of the ten University of California campuses to share their work openly in the California Digital Library.  According to the article on the University of California's Reshaping Scholarly Communication web site, "The policy covers more than 8,000 UC faculty and as many as 40,000 publications a year. By granting a license to the University of California prior to any contractual arrangement with publishers, faculty members can now make their research widely and publicly available, re-use it for various purposes, or modify it for future research publications." 

Implementation of the plan is progressing in stages, with a manual deposit process being implemented at the Los Angeles, Irvine, and San Francisco campuses by November 1, 2013, while an automated process is being developed that can be used by the faculty at all ten University of California campuses by June, 2015.

Read more about the policy and its implementation:  2013 University of California Open Access Policy.



  • Ada Emmett
    Director, Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries
  • Josh Bolick
    Scholarly Communication Librarian
    Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries
  • Marianne Reed
    Digital Initiatives Manager
    Digital Initiatives, KU Libraries
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