Open Access Week
What is Open Access?
Open access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance.
Most discussion about OA focuses on articles, but there is an increasing movement toward OA in monographs, data, and other formats as well.
PILOT CLOSED OCTOBER 2013
The UC Davis Open Access Fund Pilot is an unqualified success; all funding has been expended
If you have received an award but not yet submitted your final paperwork, please click here for guidance.
Any questions, please contact Mary Wood, 4-9122, firstname.lastname@example.org
UC Davis Open Access Fund Pilot
Advancing the Impact of UC Davis Research
The UC Davis Open Access Fund pilot (UCD-OAF) supports UC Davis Academic Senate, Academic Federation members, faculty, post-docs, residents, fellows, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.
UCD-OAF provides Davis authors reimbursement up to $1000/article for open access fees for those publishing in full open access journals (journals in which all articles are published open access)
UCD-OAF subsidizes, in various degrees, fees charged to authors who select open access. The program will also yield data that will be used to gauge faculty interest in — as well as the budgetary impacts of — these new modes of scholarly communication on the Davis campus.
Beginning in October 2012, the UC Davis campus is launching a pilot open access fund. The fund is intended to subsidize reasonable open access publishing charges for researchers when funds are otherwise unavailable. Eligible charges include article processing fees for fully open access journals.
UC Davis Academic Senate, Academic Federation members, faculty, post-docs, residents, fellows, and graduate students are eligible to apply for funds. The fund will pay up to $1000 per article in a fully open access journal and has a cap of one article per author per year. The program is a pilot project and for this reason, funding will be limited. See the tab on "Eligibility and Guidelines" for more information.
The California Digital Library and UC Davis University Library are providing the funds in order to support UCD authors interested in reshaping models of scholarly publishing. The University Library will track how the funds are spent, and the success and sustainability of the pilot will be evaluated. The chief goals of the program include fostering greater dissemination of the work of University of California, Davis scholars and encouraging author control of copyright.
Authors can apply for funds using the online application form available on the "Apply for funds" tab.
Benefits of Open Access
1. More readers. Traditional publishing models make money by charging those who can afford to pay for access. Colleagues at institutions that have cancelled their subscription to the journal you're publishing in (or who couldn't afford it in the first place) will have a much harder time finding and reading your work. As library budgets around the world continue to shrink, fewer and fewer people will have access to articles that are only available to subscribers. Open access articles get read more.
2. Public good. Open access literature can be read not only by scholars at non-subscribing institutions, but by medical practioners, high school students, employees of private industry, taxpayers who may have helped fund it - anyone with an internet connection. Open access work has greater potential to further knowledge and innovation around the world.
3. Shifting business models in the scholarly publishing industry. Scholars write and review articles for journals; journal publishers do not pay them for this work, but they do charge the scholars' institutions subscriptions - sometimes extremely expensive ones. For-profit publishers are still reporting operating profit margins between 30 and 45%, while campus budgets shrink. Meanwhile, nonprofit publishers are demonstrating great value, online publishing presents new technological possibilities, and authors are starting to pay more attention to the power they hold in the system. This is a time of rapid and unpredictable change in scholarly publishing. Open access is only one piece of the puzzle of a more efficient system, but it's an important one.
Benefits of Open Access publishing
Retaining copyright of your work and making use of alternative forms of publishing that do not place restrictions on access enlarges your audience and accelerates research. Additional information may be found at University of California Reshaping Scholarly Communication and UC Davis scholarly communication.