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UC Open Access Policy: Not Always the Field of Dreams, But the Field of Hope

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The University of California faculty Senate adopted an Open Access Policy to cover their research scholarly publications in July 2013, and solicited the California Digital Library (CDL) to help with the discovery and distribution of UC authored published articles. In support of the Open Access Policy, CDL and the Office of Scholarly Communications have partnered with the ten UC campuses to implement the Open Access Policy directives to make the scholarly articles widely available. The UC Open Access Policy timeline began with three pilot campuses (Irvine, Los Angeles, and San Francisco) to serve as early implementers. In 2013-2014, the faculty were asked to use a manual submission process to add their publications voluntarily or have work within their departments to have their publications added to eScholarship, the institutional repository for University of California. The second phase began in early 2015 with an automated system (UC Publications Management System) that collects publication citation metadata and provides assistance for uploading scholarly articles into eScholarship. This case study details the timeline for development of local campus communications at Irvine and San Diego, offers strategies for faculty outreach, demonstrates various marketing and advertising methods, and discusses the options for assessing the implementation of the UC Open Access Policy at the campus level.

Contextualization, understanding and active communication are the signs of relevant robust activity. In this case study approach to how the UC Irvine Libraries have executed campus involvement and engagement in promoting the participation levels of disseminating scholarly outputs, we have learned many things that can be defined as stemming from those arenas. Faculty are not inclined to do this independently, so we needed to create an organizational plan that would allow them a simple and direct way to submit their academic output, be it journal articles or other information products, to learn more about scholarly communication processes


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