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Open Access Week Event in Shields Library

October 14th, 2009 by Keir Reavie

October 19 through 25, 2009, is Open Access Week. The following event will take place on Tuesday, October 20, from 1 to 2:30 PM in the Second Floor Instruction Room of the Shields Library:

Take Control of Your Publications with eScholarship
An Open Access Week Presentation

Catherine Mitchell
Director, CDL Publishing Group
University of California

Keep your copyright
Reach more readers
Publish when you want
Protect your work’s future
…all with no fees

eScholarship offers a robust open access publishing platform that enables departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars associated with the University of California to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship, including:

Peer Reviewed Journals
Conference Proceedings
Working Papers
Seminar/Paper Series

Initiated in 2002, eScholarship now houses over 30,000 publications with more than 9 million full-text downloads to date. The rate of usage of these materials has grown dramatically in the past 7 years, now often exceeding 170,000 downloads per month.

Come learn how you can get started publishing with eScholarship today!

“Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions…OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance.” Peter Suber:

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.