On July 24, 2013, the Academic Senate of the University of California passed an Open Access Policy. The policy ensures that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge. Articles will be available to the public via eScholarship (UC’s open access repository) in tandem with their publication in scholarly journals. Previously, publishers had sole control of the distribution of these articles. All research publications covered by the policy will continue to be subjected to rigorous peer review; they will still appear in the most prestigious journals across all fields; and they will continue to meet UC’s standards of high quality. Open access benefits researchers, educational institutions, businesses, research funders and the public by accelerating the pace of research, discovery and innovation and contributing to the mission of advancing knowledge and encouraging new ideas and services.
Learn more about the policy and its implementation here: http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/openaccesspolicy/.
barnes [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Sherri L. Barnes) is the UCSB campus contact for general questions about the policy and its implementation.