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Publish open access articles in RSC journals at no charge

January 25th, 2013 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Publishing in an RSC journal? Maximize Readership With Gold Open Access

    The UC Davis Library is partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to support free Gold Open Access publishing under the RSC’s Gold for Gold initiative.
    This program offers a limited number of voucher codes that enable UC Davis researchers to publish their paper in Royal Society of Chemistry journals free of charge, as a Gold Open Access (OA) article, without paying the normal article publication fee (between £1000 and £2500).

Benefits of Gold OA publishing

    Gold Open Access publishing makes electronic versions of papers accessible to readers for free – without any subscriptions or fees.
    Removing paywall barriers may increase the visibility of research findings since works are easier to disseminate, easier to find, and easier to read. Further details about RSC journals and Open Access are available here.

You are eligible if

    You are currently affiliated with UC Davis (faculty, student, staff) and
    Your article is new and has been accepted for publication by RSC (i.e., vouchers cannot be used for articles that have already been published) and
    You have not previously received a Gold for Gold voucher from the UC Davis Library

Get your voucher code

    After your article has been accepted for publication by an RSC journal, please complete the form at to request your Gold for Gold voucher code. It will be emailed to you once your eligibility has been verified.
    Once you have your voucher code, complete the online RSC Gold for Gold Application form to make your article open access
    Due to limited numbers, the Library will distribute the voucher codes on a first-come-first-served basis.

Fine print

    Voucher codes are provided only after your article has been accepted for publication
    Voucher codes must be used before December 31, 2013


    Please contact Mary Wood, Reference Librarian:
    or Cory Craig, Chemistry Librarian:

Annual Reviews backfiles now available

May 17th, 2012 by Robert Heyer-Gray




Annual Reviews Sciences Collection backfiles

37 Sciences journals

1932 to present


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

UC Davis Libraries have acquired the entire journal collection of Annual Reviews






Fiscal Year 2010/2011 Review of CDL Licensed Resources

September 29th, 2010 by Keir Reavie

The UC Libraries continue to review the electronic resource packages with the goal of reducing expenditures and reallocating funds to support emerging areas of research and instruction. We invite your feedback regarding the titles in each of the resource packages whose renewal terms are currently being negotiated. We need your help in identifying which titles to cancel or to add.

Information and lists of journal titles that the UC Libraries are currently reviewing can be found at:

The packages being reviewed are:

Springer Journals
Sage Journals
American Chemical Society Journals
Nature Publishing Group Journals

Please provide your comments about any of the journal titles within these packages. Your comments will help the library make decisions on possible journal cancellations and additions.

If you have any questions, please contact me or your librarian subject specialist (

Thank you.

Library would like your feedback on Faculty of 1000 Biology

December 3rd, 2009 by Keir Reavie

The library is considering cancellation of Faculty of 1000 Biology (F1000) and would like to obtain feedback on the value of this resource for your research and teaching.

The UC Davis Library had initially licensed F1000 for two and a half years. The license renewal is due on January 1, 2010. By licensing F1000 for the two and a half years in advance, the library has not seen any price increases to the annual subscription. The renewal for 2010 license has a 10.25% price increase. The library considers it important to review the value of any resource with such a high price increase that has an ongoing subscription cost, particularly at this time of reduced budgets.

F1000 does not provide access to new research content. It is a literature awareness tool that provides expert opinion on the importance of specific research papers, most of which are accessible to the UC Davis community through other library negotiated licenses.

Please provide your comments about Faculty of 1000 Biology using the following form:

Comments will be accepted through Monday, December 14, 2009.

If you have any questions about F1000, please contact us at

BioOne.2 Now Available

September 20th, 2009 by Ruth Gustafson

UCD Biological/Agricultural Sciences & Map Services Department is pleased to announce that the BioOne.2 suite of an additional 61 electronic journal titles has been licensed. All of the library processing has been completed and access is now available via SFX UC-eLinks, via the UCD Harvest Library Catalog, and will shortly be available via the E-journals A-Z list.

Titles of special interest to Davis in this BioOne.2 package include:

American Malacological Bulletin
Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences
Current Herpetology
Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology
Journal of Shellfish Research
Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association
Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society
Pacific Science
Transactions of the American Entomological Society

Most titles go back to 2005 in their electronic coverage with a few slightly earlier and a few later.

Please see the complete list of these 61 titles with coverage dates noted:

— Ruth Gustafson

Librarian Subject Specialist for: General Biology; Animal and Avian Science; Entomology (including Bee Biology and Pollination); Environmental Toxicology; Evolution and Ecology; Nematology; and Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

Springer Open Access Journals Pilot

July 28th, 2009 by Keir Reavie

Are you publishing in a Springer journal? If so, you’re eligible for the Springer Open Choice Program, which exposes your scholarship to more readers.

There are no charges for UC authors to participate in the Open Choice Program. UC authors do not have to pay the usual $3,000 fee to participate. This ground-breaking agreement between Springer and the California Digital Library enables UC-authored articles accepted for publication in most of the 2000+ Springer journals to be published through Springer Open Choice, giving full and immediate access to all readers.

Any article that has at least one UC author is eligible for the program. The corresponding or submitting author simply selects the appropriate UC campus affiliation on the acceptance screen that appears as part of the normal publishing workflow for Springer journals.

All articles in the Open Choice Program are made available with full open access via the SpringerLink platform under a license compatible with the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. UC authors retain the copyright to their articles under Springer Open Choice and can use them in course packs, on course web pages, for eReserves, and for other educational purposes.

In addition, all articles published under this program will be made available through UC eScholarship.

More information on the Springer Open Choice Program is available at

If you have any comments or questions about the Springer Open Access Pilot, please use Blog Comments or contact us using the BioAg Email Reference form.

Springer Protocols Now Available Online

July 14th, 2009 by Keir Reavie

The UC Davis Library now licenses online access to the Springer Protocols. Springer Protocols, the classic protocols series formerly published by Humana Press, contains over 18,000 molecular biology and biomedical peer-reviewed protocols, mostly from the Methods in Molecular Biology series. Other series included in this package are: Methods in Molecular Medicine, Methods in Biotechnology, Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Neuromethods.

Springer protocols can be access at

Any comments from UC Davis faculty and students regarding this resource are welcome. Please use Blog Comments or the BioAg Email Reference form to communicate with us about Springer Protocols.

Journal of Visualized Experiments

July 13th, 2009 by Keir Reavie

The UC Davis Library has licensed the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). Unlike traditional print journals, JoVE uses video technology to communicate experimental data and research results and demonstrate the details of life science research. Through the visualization of experiments and laboratory protocols JoVE facilitates the understanding and reproduction of experimental techniques.

JoVE can be accessed at

Any comments on this resource and how UC Davis faculty and students are using it for education and research would be appreciated. Use Blog Comments or the  BioAg Email Reference form to communicate with us about JoVE.