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The UC Faculty Open Access Policy and what it means for you

October 13th, 2014 by Amy Studer

UC Open Access Policy Learn MoreThe UC Open Access Policy ( or was passed by the UC Academic Senate on July 24, 2013, and is going into effect for all UC campuses, including UC Davis, on November 1, 2014.
The policy grants UC faculty the right to make their articles freely available to the public by depositing a pre-publication copy in an open access repository. What does this policy mean for faculty at UC Davis?

Come to this talk by Catherine Mitchell of the California Digital Library (CDL), who will describe the tools and services that CDL is developing to support the policy, and Dr. Robert Powell of Chemical Engineering, who will give background on the policy and its passage through the UC Senate. Afterwards a Q&A panel will be held with the speakers, UC Davis librarians and open access researchers to answer questions and discuss the implications of the policy and open access.

This talk is being held during Open Access Week 2014, an annual international event to raise awareness about open access issues.

  • Catherine Mitchell and Dr. Robert Powell on the UC OA policy: talk and discussion
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
  • Shields Library, Nelle Branch Room, 2nd floor (at the far end of the main reading room)
  • 1:30-3:00pm

Questions? Contact Phoebe Ayers,

US Department of Energy Launches PAGES

August 5th, 2014 by Amy Studer

Image credit:  Sergey Sus.  License:  CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. <br/>

On August 4, 2014, the US Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled its plan to increase access to the research that it funds, as required by the White House OSTP directive of February 22, 2013.

Now available is a beta version of the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES). The DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information website provides links to the full plan, FAQs, as well as this short summary:

” In response to the OSTP directive, OSTI has developed and launched the DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and ScienceBeta – DOE PAGESBeta. When fully operational, this new resource will offer free access to the best available full-text version of DOE-affiliated scholarly publications – either the peer-reviewed, accepted manuscript or the published article – after an administrative interval of 12 months. ”

According to Nature News Blog (August 4, 2014), the PAGES approach will make up to 30,000 papers per year “free to read”, but open access advocates are concerned that the approach may not provide for bulk downloading, re-distribution or creative re-use, such as text-mining.

More description of the PAGES approach from the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information website:

” The portal that OSTI has prepared employs a hybrid model of centralized metadata and primarily decentralized full-text access to accepted manuscripts or articles hosted by DOE-funded national laboratories, universities, and other institutions or by individual publishers. In this way, the gateway builds on DOE’s existing scientific and technical information infrastructure and also integrates publishers’ public access efforts. For publisher-hosted content, OSTI has been collaborating with the publisher consortium CHORUS, or the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States. OSTI is also engaging with other stakeholders’ initiatives to advance public access, such as the university and research library community’s Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE). ”

For more information:

ScienceInsider Blog

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)

Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS)

Image credit: Sergey Sus. License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Open Access Fund subsidizes author publishing fees

July 9th, 2014 by Mary Wood

UC Davis University Library continues to fund the UC Davis Open Access Fund


In support of UCD authors publishing in fully open access journals, awards of up to $1000 are available to offset the author publishing fees.

Application information may be found here : UC Open Access Fund libguide

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

Open Access Theses and Dissertations

April 9th, 2013 by Mary Wood




OATD currently indexes over 1.5 million open access international graduate theses and dissertations

Metadata from over 600 colleges, universities, and research institutions.


Many of these schools’ records come from their own repositories. Others come from regional or national ETD consortia, or from a set of ETD catalog records provided by OCLC Worldcat. With few exceptions, records are harvested from these sites using a standard called the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).

Additional resources to find theses:

    Proquest Dissertations and Theses, dissertations and theses published electronically or in print.

    Google Scholar

    NDLTD, Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, electronic theses and dissertations, both open access and not.

    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

    New Open Access (OA) Resource

    March 18th, 2013 by Amy Studer
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    Image by groovehouse

    Lately, it seems like Open Access (OA) has been in the news a lot:

    Want to find out more about Open Access? What does it mean?  Why do we care about it?  What support exists for authors who want to publish OA?

    UC Davis Librarians have created a new topic guide to help answer some of your questions about Open Access:

    Questions or Comments?

    Contact:   Amy Studer  |   |   (530) 752-1678

    Policy Memorandum: Expanding Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research

    February 22nd, 2013 by Mary Wood

    Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research

    The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) commends the Obama Administration for historic action

    “Today, the Obama administration issued a historic Policy Memorandum that opens up access to the results of publicly funded research. ARL applauds the Obama administration for this critically important action. The memorandum calls upon federal agencies with annual research and development budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with free and unlimited online access to the results of that research…”


    .Office of Science and Technology Policy ; blog post
    ..Commentary from Chronicle of Higher Education
    .…….from Peter Suber ; from SPARC

    FASTR: Fair Access to Science & Technology Research Act

    February 19th, 2013 by Mary Wood

    Legislation introduced to US Congress 14 February 2013

    The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act was introduced in both houses of Congress on February 14 by a bipartisan team of sponsors.

    From Scholarly Kitchen‘s Nick Anderson:

    FASTR would require federal agencies that fund $100 million or more of extramural research each year to ensure that funded authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts are made publicly available within six months of publication. Furthermore, the articles are to be made available to the public “in formats and under terms that enable productive reuse, including computational analysis by state-of-the-art technologies.”


    The Association of American Publishers (AAP), predictably enough, characterizes FASTR as a “different name” for the “same boondoggle” (as FRPAA), calling the proposal “unnecessary and a waste of federal resources.” Equally predictable is the response by the Association of College & Research Libraries, whose president expressed his pleasure at the bill’s introduction and emphasized the importance in particular of its provisions for “greater reuse through open licensing.”

    The Library Journal InfoDocket (Gary Price) provides access to the ongoing discussion, including comment/analysis from Peter Jerram, PLOS and from Timothy Vollmer, Creative Commons

    NIH Public Access Compliance Monitor

    January 30th, 2013 by Amy Studer
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    Stacks at Carlson

    On January 9, 2013, the NIH announced the release of  a new resource for institutions to track public access compliance with the open access policy.

    The Public Access Compliance Monitor is a web-based tool that institutions can use to track compliance of publications that fall under the NIH Public Access Policy.  (NIH Notice Number:  NOT-OD-13-020)

    For questions or assistance, please contact a reference librarian:

    BML Reference –
    (916) 734-3529

    HSL Reference –
    (530) 752-1162