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Scholarly Communication & Related Issues: Open Access

Scholarly communication is the life-blood of the university’s teaching and research mission. Issues of copyright, intellectual property rights, and the long-term preservation of digital assets are posing new challenges to faculty, schools, & librarians.

News Sources on Open Access

Open Access Week

Open Access Week began being celebrated in 2008 and is now in its fourth year.  This archive notes the activities associated with the 2010 celebration worldwide. 

Open Access Week will take place the third week of October.

SPARKY Awards (2011): A national competition for students to illustrate in a short video presentation what they see as the value of sharing information. 

OA Repositories

UC Open Access Policy

The UC Academic Senate passed a UC Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013 that ensures that future research articles authored by UC faculty will be made openly available to the public at no charge.  The UCI Libraries are taking an active role in ushering in this new era by implementing new library services in support of the policy, educating faculty, and helping them share their research. 

UC Discounts on Article Publication Charges (APCs) for Open Access Journals

Why Open Access? - Benefits for Faculty

US Federal Funder Public Access Policies

Agencies that sponsor research are interested in maximizing the value of that research. Increasingly, this means requiring the recipients of grants to make the results of their research – both scholarly articles and the data supporting them – freely available to the public.

What is Open Access?  Open Access literature known as OA is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.  It usually removes price barriers (subscriptions, licensing fees, etc) and permission barriers (most copyright and licensing restrictions).  It now comes in a variety of flavors.

This video was produced by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and McGill University Library. (1:01)

Licence by Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Open Access Explained! PHD video by Jorge Cham

What is open access? Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen take us through the world of open access publishing and explain just what it's all about. Make sure to watch it in HD and Fullscreen!

Visit our website:      Published October 25, 2012

Benefits of Open Access

Benefits of Open Access  3:59

BioMed Central's authors and editors discuss the benefits of open access publishing


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Research Metrics & Publishing Impacts

OA Support Resources

There are many tools that promote and support OA scholarship and publishing.