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Open Access at UCSC

Open Access @ UCSC

Your Open Access Policy & Publishing Tools


Open Access article publishing at UCSC is underpinned by the UC Academic Senate Open Access Policy, adopted July 24, 2013, and the Presidents Open Access Policy, issued Oct 23, 2015. Read the text of the Open Access Policies here.

The UC open access (OA) policies reserve rights for UC faculty and employees to make their scholarly articles and conference papers freely available to the public in an open access repository.

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What Open Access is trying to Solve

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The two main paths for publishing Open Access are:


  • Green OA Author-Archived - Previously published works can be deposited in open access repositories such as University of California's eScholarship Repository, arXiv, or SSRN
  • Gold OA Publisher-Hosted Many publications are openly available for free to end users, but commercial publishers of OA materials may charge Author Processing Charges.

Open Access support at UCSC


The University Library supports the UCSC community with their Open Access questions and needs. Contact us for questions about author agreements, copyrights, or funding concerns. You may also consult with us to discuss your research or teaching needs or best practices for getting organized with data or content management or publishing.

Contact us at Your request will be referred to the appropriate library department. 


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When signing an Author Agreement make sure you understand your rights to your own publication. Consult with UCSC Librarians for support

Graduate students: Dissertations and Theses are automatically deposited in eScholarship unless you opt out. You can learn more at Electronic Submission of Dissertations and Theses at UCSC.

UC discounts on APCs are available for some Open Access Journals. Other strategies to consider:  
  • Include Article Processing Charges in your grant applications. 
  • Investigate APCs ahead of time.

Distinguishing yourself as an author with a unique user ID is possible by registering with ORCID. More on the benefits of an ORCID ID can be found here: Ten things you need to know about ORCID right now

Open Education is a widespread movement advocating for open access and affordability of textbooks. Learn more here SPARC Open Education and here Right to Research Coalition.

Open Access publishers and initiatives often rely on support by way of memberships from Libraries.  Here are some notable examples of initiatives supported by the UCSC Library and California Digital Library:
  • e-Print archive - UCSC is a member institution of this e-print (pre-print) service. arXiv covers the fields  fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics. 
  • Knowledge Unlatched - UCSC is a charter member of KU, which is a organization dedicated to helping stakeholders to work together for a sustainable open future for scholarly books in social sciences and humanities. Read more about KU here and access KU collections here.
  • SCOAP3 - CDL is partner along with libraries and library consortia, universities, research institutions, and funding agencies globally and 3 Intergovernmental Organizations. Through an alternative funding model, SCOAP3 has converted key journals in High Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost to authors. Read more about SCOAP3 here

Open Access Events at UCSC


Additionally, Open Access conferences and events appealing to a variety of academic interests are held across the U.S. and internationally. To view a list of Open Access conference and events by year go here.

Thank you all who joined the library's Open Access pane on October 6th. Join other virtual and online events this week and in November.

  • Oct 26, 9am PST - Open Con Community Call (attend remotely) - - We'll kick off the call with a talk and Q&A with experts on research evaluation (How we evaluate research, and reward researchers has become the largest issue holding back mainstream adoption of Open Access & Open Data). But, afterwards together we'll take a simple action on the call to accelerate the rate at which researchers are rewarded for openness.  
  • Oct 24-30 - Events across the globe -
  • Nov 12-14 - Open Con Conference, Live (attend remotely) - - OpenCon is more than a conference. It’s a platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information—from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data. OpenCon 2016 will be held in Washington, DC on November 12-14, with satellite events hosted around the world. 


Join us for a panel discussion with librarians and faculty on

Communicating your Scholarship in an Open Access World

Thursday, October 6 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in 4286 McHenry Library


with Ivy Anderson, Chris Brenner, Katie Fortney, and Roberto Manduchi.
Co-moderated by Elizabeth Cowell, University Librarian, and Kerry Scott, Associate University Librarian for Collections & Services

The UC Academic Senate Open Access (OA) policy is now in its third year.  And, with the newly launched Presidential Policy extending open access to lecturers, staff and graduate students, at  UCSC, OA is in the spotlight more than ever. If you have explored options for publishing in an OA journal, negotiated with a publisher about rights for reuse of your publications, or just want to know more about what OA means for you, please join us for a lively conversation between and among UC Open Access pioneers and experts.

This panel of UCSC faculty and representatives from the California Digital Library (CDL) will place the conversation about Open Access squarely within the context of the UCSC community. Roberto Manduchi, Computer Engineering, and Chris Benner, Environmental Studies, will each address their experiences with the UC OA policy. Katie Fortney, Copyright Policy & Education Officer, California Digital Library, will address legal concerns you may have as authors - including those related to publisher agreements, and copyright. And, Ivy Anderson, Director, Collection Development and Management Program, California Digital Library, will discuss current research about Open Access funding models, including the Mellon supported UC Pay it Forward Project, which tests financial models for Gold Open Access publishing.

Open Access in the News - News Feed


from the CDL Office of Scholarly Communication



If you have questions about Open Access contact us using this email

Your request will be referred to the appropriate library department.


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