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University of California introduces new Open Access policy!

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One of the most telling signs of the development of open access is the introduction and promotion of OA policies by universities and institutions worldwide. Mandatory Open Access can be regarded as a positive or negative phenomena (see article: Does mandatory policy help Open Access?), but it does not change the fact that every year more and more institutions adopt policies of this kind. Recently, the University of California decided to join this group.

According to the new policy, which was passed on 24 July 2013, all faculties at all ten campuses of UC will be obligated to deposit their scientific papers in the eScholarship repository. The new rules concern 8,000 faculties and almost 40,000 publications per year! Researchers will grant a license to the University of California prior to any contractual arrangement with publishers. Thanks to that, their research will be widely and publicly available.

This is extremely good news, especially since it concerns UC. Now the achievements of scientists from this institution will be available for everyone. It is worth mentioning that this policy is not the first step that UC has taken to promote and adapt OA. Recently, I wrote about how the university promotes Open Access. Anyway, more examples can be given ad infinitum. The importance of this step is that UC has introduced a comprehensive solution for all UC’s units. It should not be forgotten that eScholarship is even now a great database that the Ranking Web of Repositories places on 7th position worldwide. I wonder what ranking it will have after this reform.

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