Free and open access to all scientific publications at University of California

The Academic Senate of the University of California passed an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge. The policy covers more than 8,000 UC faculty and as many as 40,000 publications a year. By granting a license to the University of California prior to any contractual arrangement with publishers, faculty members can now make their research widely and publicly available, re-use it for various purposes, or modify it for future research publications. Faculty on three campuses (UCLA, UCI and UCSF) will begin depositing articles in eScholarship on November 1, 2013. Progress on deposit implementation will be reviewed during the following year. Deposit of articles by faculty on the remaining campuses is expected to begin on November 1, 2014.

The Empire Strikes Back

Publishers may soon compete with libraries. The business case for enticing users away from library-managed portals is simple, compelling, and growing. As funding agencies and universities enact Open Access (OA) mandates and publishers transition their journals from the site-license model to the Gold OA model, libraries will cease to be the spigots through which money streams from universities to publishers. In the Gold-OA world, the publishers' core business is developing relationships with scholars, not librarians. For publishers, it makes perfect sense to cater to scholars both as authors and readers. (...) Publishers, indexing services, journal aggregators, startups, some nonprofit organizations, and library-system vendors all have expertise to produce compelling post-OA services. However, publishers only need to protect their Gold OA income, and any new revenue streams are just icing on the cake. All others need a reasonable expectation of new revenue to develop new services. This sets the stage for a significant consolidation of the scholarly-communication industry into the hands of publishers.

Edinburgh: Publishing Conference 2 – Live stream

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The publishing industry is now changing faster than ever before due to internet services, digital publishing, free blogging platforms and open access journals. How will this continue to evolve in the future? Will the erosion of traditional publishing methods continue and how will publishing companies adapt? What are the growing entrepreneurial opportunities in this dynamic industry? Join us for a day of publishing talks, discussion and networking.

Video: The importance of publishing negative studies

SOBA: The Reproducibility Crisis

Registration is open, admission is free. Date: May 6, 2013Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Location: swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

Open Science: Questions on the networked society

The Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin and the DRadio Wissen invite to discuss the topic of open science: advantages and potential transformations within scientific communication and scientific publishing.

Imminent Changes In The Publication Process In Sciences.

Could the reddit model replace the current scientific publication system?

Are Some Current Open Access Mandates Backfiring on the Intended Beneficiaries?

Live Chat: Should scientific articles be free?

Read the archived chat between Heather Joseph, who advocates for open access as the executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and Frederick Dylla, who has  expressed concerns about the implementation of open access as executive director of the American Institute of Physics.

Interview with PeerJ Editor Fabiana Kubke

Changing Nature

Scientific publishing: Changing “Nature”