Scholarly Communication: Open Access: UC OA Policy

Mark your Calendar: November 2015

The UC Open Access Policy -- passed by the Academic Senate in 2013 -- ensures that research articles authored by UC faculty be made available free of cost to the general public and researchers worldwide at time of publication. Participation in this policy, which begins for UC Berkeley in November 2015 when faculty start posting to eScholarship will increase the reach and visibility of research produced by Berkeley faculty.

UC Berkeley Faculty: you got the email, now what?

In November, UC Berkeley senate faculty received an email from UCB Open Access Team. This message was generated by the UC Publications Management System (UCPMS) which automatically harvested references to your eligible articles.

  • Did UCPMS harvest too many articles? Did it not harvest enough? You may need to readjust your search settings.
  • Do you want to delegate someone else to manage your publications?
  • Do you want to learn about other features in the UCPMS (like how to generate a CV)?
  • Do you need help navigating the UCPMS software?
Come to an "upload-a-thon." Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4pm-5pm in the Library Data Lab (189 Doe Library).  These drop-in sessions will run from November 17 - December 16 and January 19 - February 24.)


Many subject specialty libraries are also hosting upload-a-thons. Anyone from any department is welcome to attend these sessions. See the For more help tab for details.

If you have questions ...

It's not supposed to be complicated!

  • The implementation system is designed to minimize the burden on faculty authors. NO author/publisher amendments. NO fees. NO paperwork.
  • Just continue to publish as you always have in all the same journals. You do not need to amend your author agreement and you do not need to pay any additional article processing charges.

But if you do run into complications ... just ASK!

Open Access Policy for the Academic Senate of the University of California - adopted July 2013

"The Faculty of the University of California is committed to disseminating its research and scholarship as widely as possible. In particular, as part of a public university system, the Faculty is dedicated to making its scholarship available to the people of California and the world. Furthermore, the Faculty recognizes the benefits that accrue to themselves as individual scholars and to the scholarly enterprise from such wide dissemination, including greater recognition, more thorough review, consideration and critique, and a general increase in scientific, scholarly and critical knowledge."

The complete text of the policy is available on the Office of Scholarly Communication website.