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Open Access Fund Pilot – accepting applications

July 15th, 2013 by Mary Wood

The University Library has added funds to the pilot UC Davis Open Access Fund, allowing it to run for a full year.

Scheduled for one year, October 2012 – October 2013, the pilot had exhausted its funds a full four months early.  Due to the contributions of the Library, funds have been added and applications are again being accepted.

If you have been approved for an award but not yet submitted your final paperwork, please find submission forms here.

Any questions, please ask:
Mary Wood


Thinking of publishing in an RSC journal?
Royal Society of Chemistry Gold Open Access Inititive:
vouchers for the article publication fees
Further information in Cory’s blog post here.

Open Access: Where are we, what still needs to be done

July 9th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Interesting ongoing open access discussion on Richard Poynder‘s blog Open and Shut?

In particular, the series of Q&A exploring the current state of Open Access.

Contributors to this series include
palaeontologist Mike Taylor
cognitive scientist Stevan Harnad
librarian Fred Friend

SPARC Heather Joseph
publishing consultant Joseph Esposito
Harvard Peter Suber

In the news: Open Access and Open Science

July 5th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Nature News Blog

NIH sees surge in open-access manuscripts



Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), White House

Celebrating “Open Science” Champions of Change at the White House

Obama Administration officials honored 13 extraordinary leaders and organizations selected as Champions of Change for Open Science for their work using and promoting open scientific data and publications to grow our economy and improve our world.

Open Science Project blog notes that there was a second group who got the opportunity to present at a poster session at the White House event, including Heather Piwowar & Jason Priem poster on “ImpactStory: Open Carrots for Open Science(featuring Dr. Carl Boettiger).


“Open Access” by Peter Suber is now Open Access

July 2nd, 2013 by Amy Studer


Open Access by Peter Suber was published by MIT Press in July 2012 and is an important resource for understanding the issue of open access.  A year later, Open Access has become open access, downloadable for free in several electronic formats:

Here is a description from the publisher’s website:

In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn’t, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber’s influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers.