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Coming May 29th…Open Access Presentation by the Publisher of PeerJ

May 9th, 2013 by Amy Studer

What’s All the Fuss About Open Access? What Do I Need to Know, and How Does it Benefit Me?

Join us for a presentation by Pete Binfield (previously the Publisher of PLoS One, and now the Publisher and Co-Founder of PeerJ) as he provides an overview of the current landscape of Open Access publications; highlights some of the more innovative models that are being tested in the marketplace; talks about items such as article level metrics and open peer review, and shows how these new developments can benefit you as both a researcher and author.

Click on image to read about Pete Binfield

  • Date: May 29, 2013
  • Time: 3-4 pm
  • Place: 1065 Kemper Hall

Hosted by UC Davis Library. Contact:

Amy Studer, Health & Life Science Librarian | (530) 752-1678


Howard, J. (2013, April 29). Asking authors to buy memberships for open access. Chronicle of Higher Education.

VanNoorden, R. (2013, March 27). Open access: The true cost of science publishing. Nature News, 495(7442).

UC Davis Library Blog entry about PeerJ: March 1, 2013

BioMed Central tool to help choose an open access journal

March 27th, 2013 by Deanna Johnson

Find the right journal

BioMed Central, with Edanz Journal Selector, have created a tool to assist authors in identifying open access  journals that fit their research; it selects  from more than 350 open access journals published by BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen.


..“The Journal Selector uses semantic technology to help authors quickly choose the open access journal that is right for their manuscript. Authors can enter an abstract or description of their research and the Journal Selector provides a list of relevant open access journals. Matches to a journal are based on the similarity of the entered text to articles already published in that journal.”


Additional tools and information on publishing in open access journals may be found in the library’s Open Access libguidePublishing in Open Access Journals

PeerJ – new open access journal

March 1st, 2013 by Mary Wood


.PeerJ Publishes Its First Articles
from Press Release, Feb 12th 2013

PeerJ, a new academic journal publisher, founded on the principles of affordability, innovation, and Open Access, published its first articles 2/12/13, launched by Jason Hoyt (formerly at Mendeley and Stanford University) and Peter Binfield (formerly at PLoS ONE)

Essential Features of PeerJ:

> Rapid, peer reviewed, ‘Open Access’ scholarly journal, using a Creative Commons license which means that all articles are entirely free to read, distribute, and reuse provided authors are properly attributed.

> Publication decisions are made only on scientific validity (not on perceived impact).

>  Uses a ‘Membership Model’ whereby authors become lifetime members, giving them the ability to freely publish their articles thereafter.

>  PeerJ has 800 Academic Editors, including 20 Advisory Board members (of which 5 are Nobel Laureates).

>  Encourages ‘open’ Peer Review (meaning that reviewers are encouraged to provide their names; authors are empowered to reproduce their peer review history alongside their published article).

>  By utilizing short, iterative development cycles, users will see the rapid development of new features and innovative functionality, dramatically improving the academic publication and reading experience.


UC Davis scientists included in inaugural issue


1 Dept of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA
2 National Pet Alliance, San Jose, CA
3 Dept of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


1 Dept of Plant Pathology, University of California Davis, California
2 College of Life Sciences, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Huhhot, China
3 Rice Research Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

15-year-old’s medical breakthrough thanks to open access data

December 19th, 2012 by Ferguson Mitchell

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article stressing the importance of open access data:

“This year a high-school student in Maryland announced that he had invented a diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer. The test costs three cents per use. It works 168 times as fast and more than 400 times as accurately as the best previously existing test. It also may be able to detect ovarian and lung cancers.

Jack Andraka, the inventor, is 15 years old. His cancer test is more than a medical triumph. It is also a triumph for open access, the goal of a decade-old movement to replace an obsolete and inefficient scholarly publication industry with something better for everybody: a system that allows anyone with a computer and an Internet connection free access to results of academic and scientific research—most of it paid for by taxpayers.”

Read the full article.

Image courtesy PGRsOnline via Flickr.

NEW – Open Access Fund Pilot

October 22nd, 2012 by Mary Wood

UC Davis Open Access Fund pilot (UCD-OAF) supports
Academic Senate, Academic Federation members, faculty, post-docs, residents, fellows, and graduate students
who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.

UCD-OAF provides Davis authors reimbursement up to $1000/article for open access fees for those publishing in full open access journals  (journals in which all articles are published open access)

The fund is intended to subsidize reasonable open access publishing charges for researchers when funds are otherwise unavailable. Eligible charges include article processing fees for fully open access journals.


The California Digital Library and UC Davis University Library are providing the funds in order to support UCD authors interested in reshaping models of scholarly publishing.
The University Library will track how the funds are spent, and the success and sustainability of the pilot will be evaluated.
The chief goals of the program include fostering greater dissemination of the work of University of California, Davis scholars and encouraging author control of copyright.

additional information and application

BioMed Central Requesting Public Consultation on Open Data

September 26th, 2012 by Deanna Johnson

BioMed Central is proposing to change the copyright license in their open access journals to make published data available for sharing, integration and reuse without legal restrictions, for the benefit of science. Implementation would mean that authors would apply a Creative Commons CC0 public domain waiver to data that is submitted for publication, and a Creative Commons attribution license to the remainder of their article. BioMed Central provides additional information on the BioMed Central blog and the full proposal is published in BMC Research Notes.

If you would like to comment to BioMed Central about their proposal send your feedback by 10th November 2012. You can also add a comment to the BioMed Central Blog.

Submit Your Work to Open Access Journals

August 7th, 2012 by Mary Wood

UC Discounts on Article Publication Charges for Open Access Journals – 2012

Open access journals are peer-reviewed journals that provide free, online access to their articles. They do not charge subscription fees to readers or libraries. Rather, they cover costs through publication fees, institutional subsidies, endowments, or sponsorships. There are thousands of open access peer-reviewed or editorial quality-controlled scholarly journals. There are also hybrid models that allow open access to some of their material and recover their costs from a mixture of author charges, institutional memberships and print subscriptions.

See the Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ

Submission to an open access journal is certain to remove the financial access barriers for potential readers of your work. Although open access journals are relatively new, evidence to date suggests that publishing with them may increase the reach and impact of your work.


eScholarship publishes a number of journals that are edited by UC faculty or sponsored by UC departments, research units, or publishing programs. Learn more about using eScholarship’s publishing services for UC-affiliated journals.
UC gets discounts on some publication fees via institutional memberships or licensing agreements.  See chart

UC Reshaping Scholarly Communication


Dealing with Data

June 1st, 2012 by Mary Wood

PLoS Biology May 2012


Dealing with Data: A Case Study on Information and Data Management Literacy
Haendel MA, Vasilevsky NA, Wirz JA (2012)
PLoS Biol 10(5): e1001339. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001339
Article highlighted by the editors of PLoS Biology this week

..References include:

…..NIH Data Sharing Policy
…..Science Special Issue: Dealing with Data 2011, 331(6018):639-806


CDL UC3 Manage your Data
…..Data management plans and DMPTool



UCSF Open Access Policy – Academic Senate vote unanimous

May 24th, 2012 by Mary Wood

UCSF News reports : UCSF Implements Policy to Make Research Papers Freely Accessible to Public

“…The UCSF Academic Senate has voted to make electronic versions of current and future scientific articles freely available to the public, helping to reverse decades of practice on the part of medical and scientific journal publishers to restrict access to research results…”

At their Division Meeting on May 21, the UCSF Academic Senate voted and approved the proposed Open Access Policy for UCSF.

“Our primary motivation is to make our research available to anyone who is interested in it, whether they are members of the general public or scientists without costly subscriptions to journals,” said Richard A. Schneider, PhD, chair of the UCSF Academic Senate Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication, who spearheaded the initiative at UCSF. “The decision is a huge step forward in eliminating barriers to scientific research,” he said. “By opening the currently closed system, this policy will fuel innovation and discovery, and give the taxpaying public free access to oversee their investments in research.”

The proposed UCSF policy and related documents

Open Access Movement Finds New Ally in UCSF
Michael Kelley, Library Journal, Digital Shift


Related is the system-wide UC Open Access Policy Proposal by the

University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication:

UC Open Access Policy Proposal

Librarianship: Two New Open Access Journals

May 18th, 2012 by Mary Wood

Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB)

is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, and medical sciences.  The journal explores the many roles of librarians in supporting eScience and welcomes articles related to education, outreach, collaborations, and current practices, by contributors from all areas of the globe. Articles covering both the theoretical and practical applications are welcomed. JESLIB also provides special features in each issue which include book reviews on subjects of interest to librarians supporting eScience and information on new technologies.

This project has been partially funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3508 with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Our own Health Sciences Librarian Raquel Abad is Managing Editor.



seeks to share useful innovations, both in thought and in practice, with the aim of encouraging scholarly exchange and the subsequent benefits that are borne of scrutiny, experimentation and debate. As modes of scholarly communication, the technologies and economics of publishing and the roles of libraries evolve, it is our hope that the work shared in the journal will inform practices that strengthen librarianship and that increase access to the “common Stock of Knowledge.”

JLSC features open access, peer-reviewed research, about library-led scholarly communication initiatives, online publishing and digital projects. Journal content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. The journal is a not-for-profit endeavor, published by Pacific University Library. In support of open and equitable opportunities for authors, JLSC does not charge article submission or publication fees.  Founding board members include UC California Digital Library librarian  Lisa Schiff.

Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC)