Celebrating 10 Years of the UCSF Open Access Policy – Panel Presentation and Reception – LibCal – University of California, San Francisco

“Come celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the UCSF Open Access Policy and hear from three visionaries about the impact and future of open access publishing. This event takes place on Friday, October 21 from 3:00-4:00 pm at Mission Bay, followed by a reception. It will also be broadcast online.

UCSF passed the first Open Access Policy at the University of California in 2012. The policy ensures that faculty can post their final accepted article manuscripts without paying a cent to the publisher, so that their work can be freely accessed by all. UCSF’s policy influenced the passing of a UC-wide policy for faculty in 2013 and for all other scholarly authors in 2015.

Our three panelists will talk about:

The catalyst for an Open Access Policy and how UCSF became the first UC to have one
The impact of the UC OA Policies and open access publisher agreements on the publishing landscape
What the future holds for open access publishing…”

Thousands of older dissertations from UCSF newly available in eScholarship – California Digital Library

“Over three thousand dissertations and theses digitized from UCSF’s archives, originally submitted to the university between 1965 and 2006, were added to eScholarship this year. These titles cover topics as disparate as the pregnancy experiences of black women, AIDS and identity in the gay press of the 1980s, and models for examining the clearance of drugs from the liver. Before the project was undertaken to add these dissertations and theses to eScholarship, accessing them was challenging: you may have been able to find one in a database if you were at a subscribing institution, but if the title was old enough, your only option might have been to travel to California and visit a library storage facility. 

This is the case with dissertation literature around the world, especially older dissertations. Unique work produced by graduate students at thousands of academic institutions, representing their intellectual labor and that of their advisors and committees, sits behind paywalls or worse. As a result, researchers are often thwarted in trying to track down a citation to what sounds like the perfect source for their own studies….

Newer dissertations and theses — going back to 2007 — had been submitted electronically and were already available in eScholarship. Making older works available, however, proved complex. Even though the volumes had already been scanned as part of UC’s work with the Google Books project and the HathiTrust Digital Library, many questions remained. What permissions did students grant the university when they filed their dissertation paperwork? How could the image files generated by the scanning process be converted to document files for eScholarship? Where would the record data come from, so that each document’s title and author displayed properly? Answering these questions and several more required the expertise of numerous people at UCSF and the California Digital Library….”

Equity in Publishing & Open Science Initiative proposal – Google Docs

“There is a strong need from the scientific community for contributions and insights from often-underrepresented groups including early career faculty and researchers and those from groups underrepresented in medicine (UIM), as well as a widespread need and interest in open science throughout the research and publishing process. Over 500 UCSF faculty are academic journal editors and/or editorial board members and are well-positioned to both share their expertise in existing publishing models and adopt open science models into their own practice. The expertise and strengths among early career and UIM faculty is similarly undervalued and utilized. There is no existing method for UCSF editors to communicate, either with one another or with faculty and researchers interested in mentoring opportunities….

The aims of the Equity in Publishing and Open Science Initiative are:


To build a network of UCSF journal editors to enable knowledge sharing and network building between peers.

To facilitate expertise sharing, mentoring, and promotion of scholarly publishing and open science between early-career and UIM faculty and researchers and UCSF editors. 

To identify potential partners with which UCSF Library can collaborate and promote future open science initiatives….”