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UC Open Access Policies

The Academic Senate of the University of California adopted an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 UC campuses will be made available to the public at no charge. A precursor to this policy was adopted by the UCSF Academic Senate on May 21, 2012.

On October 23, 2015, a Presidential Open Access Policy expanded open access rights and responsibilities to all other authors who write scholarly articles while employed at UC, including non-senate researchers, lecturers, post-doctoral scholars, administrative staff, librarians, and graduate students.

What are the benefits of participating in the Open Access policies?

  • Good for聽authors: Open access research is read and cited more than access-restricted scholarship, increasing the academic impact of and public engagement with your ideas

  • Good for readers: The University of California's Open Access policies extend the University's public mission to share broadly鈥斅爐hroughout California, the nation, and the world 鈥斅爐he research and knowledge produced at our campuses.

What is my responsibility for depositing my work?

The UC open access policies require that UC faculty and other employees provide a copy of their scholarly articles for inclusion in eScholarship or provide a link to an open version of their articles elsewhere.

  • Senate faculty across the UC system will be contacted via email to verify their articles within UC鈥檚 publication management system and to upload a copy or provide an open access link to their publications. Faculty can also log in to the system at any time by visiting

  • All other UC employees should deposit articles using eScholarship's submission form. eScholarship has a streamlined submission process and will automatically populate article information if you provide a DOI or PMID.

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