UCSB Services

UCSB Open Access Fund

The UCSB Open Access Fund supports UCSB authors who want to make their research free to all readers immediately upon publication.  Eligible authors will be reimbursed up to $3,000 for open access publishing fees in scholarly peer reviewed fully open access publications.  More information is available here.

UCSB Scholarly Publishing & Communication Discussion List

Faculty and graduate students are invited to join UCSB Library’s Scholarly Publishing and Communication Discussion List. The goal of the email list is to bring together UCSB faculty, graduate students, librarians, administrators, editors, peer reviewers, and publishers to discuss changes and trends in academic publishing, share experiences, and imagine what they want in a scholarly communication system of the future.

Initial topics of discussion may include:

  • UC policies, resources and services, such as the UC open access policies, eScholarship, UC Publication Management System, and Data Management Planning Tool.
  • Author rights and intellectual property issues
  • Initiatives from university, independent, open access, and commercial publishers
  • Open-source publishing platforms
  • Alternative metrics (altmetrics) and other impact factors
  • Researcher IDs

 Scholarly communication is the system through which research and other scholarly writings and knowledge are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. Scholars are the owners of the system, but the Library is here to support faculty in navigating, understanding, and bringing to bear their influence to improve the system. The traditional scholarly communication system has been changing rapidly, especially with regard to publishing. Knowing where to get information is a challenge. The UCSB Scholarly Publishing and Communication Discussion List is for sharing information about the changes, trends, developments, issues and challenges that impact researchers, the Library, and the university.

To join the list, send an email to Sherri Barnes, Scholarly Communication Program Coordinator, at sherri [dot] barnes [at] ucsb [dot] edu.

Scholarly Communication Express (SC15)

Scholarly Communication Express

Schedule a 15-minute presentation, on a trend in academic publishing, for your department,  organization, or small group.  Longer and tailored presentations can be arranged upon request.  Request a presentation 

The scholarly communication librarians also welcome the opportunity to help individual scholars to understand and navigate the new scholarly communication environment. Request a personal consultation


 SC15 Topics:

  • UC Open Access Policy - A brief overview of the UC Open Access Policy, which covers the scope and goals of the policy, author rights received under the policy, publisher information, waivers, embargoes and limnited information about eScholarship and the UC Publication Management System, which was acquired by UC to make compliance with the Policy simple.UC Publication Managment System - Learn how to maximize the System's functions to comply with the UC Open Access Policy and manage one's publicatons, those covered under the Policy and others. The presesntation will also touch on helpful functions beyond the scope of the Open Access Policy.
  • eScholarship - This presentation covers the benefits of publishing with eScholarship and an overview of eScholarship's core services -  previously published works, academic unit collections, open access journals, and electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).
  • Introduction to open access scholarly publishing - A brief introduction to open access publishing, definition of open access, types of open access, standards, repositories, and associations.
  • Creating data management plans - Learn what a data management plan is, and see how easy it is to use the DMPTool, a free online data management planning tool that you can customize by funding agency. 
  • Creative Commons licenses - An overview of copyright basics, Creative Commons Licenses and how CC licenses align with academic values and the UC Open Access Policy.
  • Fair use - coming soon.
  • NIH public access policy compliance - An overview of what NIH grant recipients need to do to comply with the NIH public access policy that has been in effect since 2008 and updated in 2013.
  • EZID accounts - Learn about a free service to easily create and manage persistent identifiers (DOI & ARKS) for digital content.
  • Altmetrics - Learn about the latest ways to measure the impact and reach of one's research.  This presentation will touch on traditional impact factors, but will feature new metrics and tools designed for the Web environment: citations, downloads, views, social media shares, captures, and mentions.
  • Q&A - This is not a formal presentation, but an opportunity to have the Scholarly Communication Librarian attend your department of group meeting to answer your questions.  Questions can be presented in advance.  Advance questions can also be integrated into a formal presentation, for a more tailored session.
  • Special Requests - Feel free to request longer or tailored presentations, including presentations on scholarly communication topics not listed. We look forward ot working with deaprtments, programs and groups to broaden their understanding of issues and meet their information needs.