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Open Access Funds available

April 15th, 2014 by Mary Wood

UC Davis Open Access Fund
Support available for 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 UC Davis University Library is providing the funds in order to support Davis authors interested in reshaping models of scholarly publishing


additional information and application

UC Open Access Fund Pilot libguide



April 9th, 2014 by Mary Wood


Thursday, April 17, 2014, 9:00AM-6:00PM
UC Davis, Andrews Conference Room, SSH 2203

Innovating Communication in Scholarship

Center for Science and Innovation Studies

This workshop will examine the various disjunctures, in different disciplines, between what scholars produce in the course of their work and what is deemed credit worthy for career advancement in the academy  …  In other words, we are looking into the changing meaning of what “making things public” (or public-ation) means in academia, and why.


Workshop Schedule includes:

| From Talk to Text

Mario Biagioli (STS,Law,History,UCDavis) | Tim Murray (English,Cornell) | Jonathan Eisen (GenomeCenter,UCDavis)

 | Filming, Curating, Translating: Publication’s Boundary Objects

Alan Klima (Anthropology,UCDavis) | Tarek Elhaik (Cinema,SanFranciscoState) | Tom Conley (French,Harvard)

 | Publication Potentials

Jim Griesemer (Philosophy,UCDavis) | MacKenzie Smith (Library,UCDavis) | George Marcus (Anthropology,UCIrvine)

| Making the Un-publishable Public

Tiffany Ng (Music,UCBerkeley) | Larry Bogad (TheaterDance,UCDavis) | Allison Fish (ICIS,Library,UCDavis) | Tim Choy (STS,Anthropology,UCDavis)


Library Copyright Alliance

March 19th, 2014 by Mary Wood

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA, whose members are the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of College and Research Libraries) continues to address copyright issues that affect libraries and our users. In 2014, LCA has worked for the library community in responding to proposals to amend national and international copyright law and policy for the digital environment.

Content and resources found on the site reflect the voice of LCA and its members on copyright and related intellectual property laws and treaties, nationally and internationally. Intellectual property laws are currently undergoing major changes in response to the growth in the use of digital formats for works. Accordingly, the members of LCA communicate with lawmakers both here and abroad to express that these changes enhance, rather than harm, the ability of libraries and information professionals to serve the needs of the general public.

Seeking New Paths to Open Access in the Humanities

March 6th, 2014 by Amy Studer

By David Michalski

Earlier this week, I attended webinar, called “Open Access in the Humanities” led by Rupert Gatti. Dr. Gatti is a Fellow in Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge and Co-Founder and Director of Open Book Publishers. The presentation outlined the landscape and the challenges of Open Access in the humanities.

One point that resonated with me, given the centrality of monographs to the humanities, was a statistic that showed the relative dearth of new open access academic books in relation to new journal titles. Clearly there are combinations of reasons preventing a more robust move to open access in the humanities, both economic (the problem of financial capital: books (e or print) are more labor intensive) and sociocultural (the problem of cultural capital: in that humanities books are awarded status and prestige through publishing houses). Gatti’s presentation took on these challenges by seeking a sustainable ways to address these conditions, showing some exciting options moving forward.

The bulk of his presentation was spent on Open Books Publishers, a new publishing project for peer-reviewed open access monographs, which he directs. (See Open Books Publishers: ) This outfit has only published a few books to date, but their economic model, which includes a mixture of revenue from big name supporters, hard-copy and alternative format sales, and voluntary author-generated publication grant funding makes them an interesting new player in field.

Gatti also outlined other important initiatives. One of these was Knowledge Unlatched, (See: ) a project which seeks long-term cost savings for institutions by sharing the costs of making HSS monographs available on a Creative Commons license. UC Libraries is part in one of their pilot projects. Another was Unglue It, ( a project designed to help individuals and institutions join together to liberate specific ebooks “crowd-funding ” payments to authors and publishers so they they will relicense their works under Creative Commons licenses.”

It is exciting to see these different economic models being tried. While I can’t say they will all achieve the sustainability they desire, it is clear that their aim is to create cooperatives to address real costs.

This webinar was sponsored by UKSG, a group formally that United Kingdom Serials Group. UKSG has evolved into a network that encourages “the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication…spanning the wide range of interests and activities across the scholarly information community of librarians, publishers, intermediaries and technology vendors. More about their activities can be found here:

9th International Digital Curation Conference

March 3rd, 2014 by Mary Wood
Commodity, catalyst or change-agent?
Data-driven transformations in research, education, business & society

24 – 27 February 2014
San Francisco
The 9th IDCC focused on how data-driven developments are changing the world around us, recognising that the growing volume and complexity of data provides institutions, researchers, businesses and communities with a range of opportunities and challenges. It explored the expanding portfolio of tools and data services, as well as the diverse skills that are essential to explore, manage, use and benefit from valuable data assets. The programme reflects cultural, technical and economic perspectives and illustrates the progress made in this arena in recent months.

A Week of Copyright Principles

January 13th, 2014 by Amy Studer


Copyright Week starts today with the principle of Transparency:

” Copyright policy must be set through a participatory, democratic and transparent process. It should not be decided through back room deals or secret international agreements. ”

The overall schedule for the six days includes:

Day 1:  Transparency

Day 2: Building and Defending a Robust Public Domain

Day 3: Open Access

Day 4: You bought It, You Own It

Day 5:  Fair Use Rights

Day 6:  Getting Copyright Right

Copyright Week is sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons, American Library Association, Wikimedia Foundation, Association of Research Libraries, Internet Archive, Center for Democracy & Technology, and others.

Related Blogs from others:

Smith, Kevin. (2014, January 13).  A week of copyright principles [blog].  Accessed January 13, 2014, from


Have You Received an Elsevier Takedown Notice?

January 9th, 2014 by Amy Studer

Elsevier recently sent DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown notices to some UC campuses, several other universities, and claiming that the availability of certain Elsevier journal articles posted on websites infringes Elsevier copyrights.  The postings at issue are believed to have been the final published versions of articles for which Elsevier believes it holds the copyright.  (Some authors retain copyright to their articles, in which case Elsevier’s request would be invalid).  Many publishers permit authors to self-archive journal articles on websites; however, they generally stipulate that the version posted be the author’s final manuscript, after peer review but before the publisher formats it in the journal layout.  In addition, publishers may require an embargo or time-delay prior to self-archiving. 

If you have received a takedown request from Elsevier or another publisher, please contact for assistance regarding what to do.

The UC Office of Scholarly Communication website summarizes the issues and options should you receive a takedown request from Elsevier:

Selected articles describing the Elsevier takedown requests:

(2014, January 11).  No peeking:  A publishing giant goes after the authors of its journals’ papers.  The Economist.  Accessed January 9, 2014, from

Peterson, Andrea. (2013, December 19). How one publisher is stopping academics from sharing their research. The Washington Post. Accessed January 8, 2014, from

Howard, Jennifer. (2013, December 6).  Posting your latest article? You might have to take it down. Chronicle of Higher Education.  Accessed January 8, 2014, from

Elsevier Response:

Reller, Tom. (2013, December 6). A comment on takedown notices (with update).  ElsevierConnect [blog]. Accessed January 8, 2014, from

Questions? Contact

Innovation in Scholarly Communication, ICIS

December 17th, 2013 by Mary Wood

The Innovation in Scholarly Communication (ICIS) project is a collaboration between Mario Biagioli (School of Law), MacKenzie Smith (University Library) and Jonathan Eisen (Genome Center).  In collaboration with colleagues from departments across campus, focus will be on three sets of issues:

1) New Models of Scholarly Communication
2) New Misconduct and New Opportunities
3) Communicating with Data

It is funded by the UC Davis Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities and the Arts (IFHA) Program.

“Powerful changes are affecting traditional systems of research publication, academic credit, research quality assessment, and the meaning of “publication”:  the increasing scale and interdisciplinary nature of collaborations; the growing reliance on cyberinfrastructure for producing and disseminating research; the impact of Open Access models and economic dysfunction on traditional publishing; the transformation of data from evidence for research results to research output itself; new metrics of impact; new forms of misconduct and detection; doubts about peer review as quality guarantor; the impact of intellectual property on the content and timing of publications.”



Publish or Perish 2014


..Inaugural ICIS Meeting

..Publish or perish?
..The future of academic publishing and careers
.February 13–14, 2013
.Student Community Center, UC Davis


..ICIS Blog



UC Copyright: Policies and Resources

December 9th, 2013 by Mary Wood

UC Copyright Education Web Site

 A Resource for the University of California Community

“…As both creators and users of copyrighted and public domain materials, it is vital that the University of California faculty, students, and staff understand and responsibly exercise the rights accorded them under the copyright law, particularly now in light of new technologies and laws that challenge long-standing educational and library exemptions and interpretations.

…It is a direct outgrowth of the University Standing Committee on Copyright… to improve the quality and delivery of copyright information, education, and support services available to the UC community.

This site serves as an educational resource for the UC community. The site assembles a wide range of materials related to the use of copyrighted and public domain materials by individuals and educational institutions. The information on this site is intended as a guide to copyright in the academic setting and should not be construed as legal advice.”

Copyright Ownershipcopyrightheader

Using copyrighted works

PeerJ: Free submission until Jan 1, 2014

December 2nd, 2013 by Amy Studer
PeerJ has announced that authors can now publish their work in PeerJ, entirely for free, through end-2013.
” We are pleased to announce that from now through the end of 2013, any article that is submitted to PeerJ PrePrints (including any articles which have already been submitted there) can go on to be published in PeerJ (the journal) entirely for free (assuming it passes peer review and assuming you initiate the PeerJ submission process before Jan 1st 2014). “