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Working on your thesis or dissertation?  Visit the UCI Libraries Electronic Theses & Dissertations page to:

  • get answers to common procedural questions.  
  • see the schedule of the UCI Libraries' formatting workshops.  
  • book a formatting consultation appointment.  

Trusting a Publisher

Share Research

What is open access (OA), and why does it matter?

Open access (OA) refers to "the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment" (SPARC).  When share you make your research OA, everyone in the world can freely benefit from it (no pesky paywalls)!


The UC System has two OA Policies that cover you if you write scholarly research while you're employed at UC or a graduate student at UC.  These policies mean that UC has the right to make your research openly available, via eScholarship (more on that below). 


I heard UC might cover the cost if I publish my research open access.  How does that work?

If the UC Libraries have a transformative open access agreement with a publisher, then UC-affiliated authors can publish their research OA in its covered journals at reduced or no cost.  A transformative OA agreement means the UC Libraries pay publishers article processing charges (APCs) to make UC affiliates' research open access, rather than pay publishers subscription fees.  (Don't worry- UC affiliates can still access the publisher's content as if we got a subscription!)

UCOP's Office of Scholarly Communication's OA Publishing Agreements and Discounts page has a current list with details of the UC's active agreements, and it includes this key quote:

Terms vary, but under most agreements:

  • The libraries automatically pay the first $1,000 of the open access fee, or article processing charge (APC), as part of a university-wide agreement.
  • The libraries will pay the full amount if an author does not have research funds available for this purpose. 


Do you have questions as you're submitting the manuscript of your paper to a publisher?  That's OK! 
Ask our Scholarly Communication Coordinator, Mitchell Brown.  He can answer questions about APCs, licensing models, etc.  


What's the best way for me to share my research?

Depending on the publisher, your research may or may not be made openly accessible (OA), so you should also put your accepted manuscript (e.g. a paper without the publisher's fancy formatting) into eScholarship.  This is the OA repository and publishing platform for the UC System, where researchers deposit their work in support of the UC System's OA policies.  eScholarship is a green OA repository.  


eScholarship lets you share articles, books, journals, working papers, conference proceedings, etc. It's organized by Campus and then Research Unit. Here's the Paul Merage School of Business page.  

  • If you want to add your research, then UC Publication Management is the engine that powers eScholarship.  Log in to claim publications that you've already authored (the system finds them automatically), or upload your research so that it's visible in eScholarship.  


How do I store and share my research data?

UCI's expert librarians from our Digital Scholarship Services department can help you manage and share your data.  For example, they can guide you through the resources in UC3, i.e. the University of California Curation Center, which helps researchers  manage, preserve, and provide access to their important digital assets. Tools and services include:

  • DMPTool- create and manage data management plans
  • dash-  describe, upload, and share research data
  • EZID- (easy-eye-dee) create and manage unique, persistent identifiers (including DOI's)
  • Merritt- is a repository service to manage, archive, and share valuable digital content


How do I help people find my research, regardless of what my name is?

First, you'll need to get a bar code tattooed on your neck...(kidding!) OK, maybe it is a little bit like that.  If you want people to find your research, even if your name changes or you have a popular name, then you need to get a unique identifier for yourself.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.  ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized."

Researcher ID
Create a unique identifier that can be linked to your ORCID identifier.  ResearcherID is from Thomson Reuters, which also provides the Web of Science database. WoS is a comprehensive research index, with access to bibliographic and citation information across all academic disciplines.

Google Scholar Citations Profile
Provides a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. Authors can make their profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name


How much impact does X author or X journal have?

Impact of X author's work:

  • Web of Science
    WoS allows for finding authors' research articles, tracking their citations, and creating reports.  It uses citation data drawn from approximately 12,000 scholarly and technical journals and conference proceedings from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries.  Includes both the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), and the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Google Scholar Citations
    An alternative to Web of Science for tracking citations.  There's vigorous debate over whether to use a more traditional citation metric tool like Web of Science vs Google Scholar. When in doubt, get citation data from both resources.


Impact of X journal:

  • Journal Citation Reports
    A module within the Incites platform that allows for evaluating and comparing journals. It uses citation data drawn from approximately 12,000 scholarly and technical journals and conference proceedings from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries.  It includes both the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), and the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI).  There's a 1-year lag.  Each annual release provides the prior year's data.  Here's a list of the journal titles in JCR.