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. 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: What You Need to Do

Read your email!

  • In November UC Berkeley senate faculty will receive an email from UCB Open Access Team with the header YOUR RECENT PUBLICATIONS. Open the message and follow the step-by-step instructions.
  • This message is generated by the UC Publications Management System which will automatically harvest references to your eligible articles.

Locate the "final author version" of your articles.

  • This is the version that has been peer reviewed and copy edited but has not yet been typeset by the publisher.
  • Don't worry if you've lost track of your publications, the UC Publications Management harvester will let you know.

If you have questions ...

It's not 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!

  • What about waivers, embargoes, eligibility? Are you confused about copyright? Send any and all questions to: (Also check out the FAQ tab)
  • We will also host regular drop-in office hours and "upload-a-thons". Watch this space for more details.

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.