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Open Access Publications from the University of California

Submission Guidelines

The UCSB Library supports the open access publication of research and scholarly content generated by librarians, Library staff members, and publications of Library departments.

Before submitting a paper to the repository, please be sure that all necessary permissions have been cleared. Equally as important, before depositing, please have the related metadata on hand. For example: author(s), title, publication date, abstract, keywords, and relevant discipline(s).

You retain the copyright to your paper and grant us the nonexclusive right to publish this material, meaning that you may also publish it elsewhere. For more information and assistance email

eScholarship is an open access publisher dedicated to ensuring persistent access to and long-term preservation of the scholarly work published. All digital materials published or disseminated by eScholarship are therefore available worldwide and free of cost to researchers and the general public.

Appropriate Content

Works of scholarly or academic interest by librarians, Library staff members, and Library departments are suitable for inclusion. This includes:

  • Previously published works (journal articles, chapters, books)
  • Conference papers (unpublished conference papers; slides may be uploaded with the text)
  • Poster presentations (conference poster presentations)
  • Reports (unpublished reports and white papers)

Peer Review

We support both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed postprints. The designation of peer-reviewed work within eScholarship indicates that:

  • The manuscript is the version that has been accepted for publication after a peer review process – including all revisions and modifications resulting from the review; and
  • The peer-review process of the publication is transparent and a statement outlining these policies is readily available for readers to inspect; and
  • The publication’s policies include an editorial process which encompasses at least single-blind peer review by one or more specialists in a relevant field selected by an editor or editorial board.

Copyright Policies

The copyright for any work published in or disseminated by eScholarship is retained by the author(s). By submitting a work to eScholarship, the author warrants that he or she holds the copyright to the work or has been authorized by the copyright holder to grant license to the work.

For works written by multiple authors, at least one author must be associated with the UC Santa Barbara Library. The Library-affiliated author is responsible for obtaining explicit permission for open access publishing from all co-authors.

UC Presidential Open Access Policy

Under the UC Presidential Open Access Policy, UC employees (Senate faculty are covered under another policy adopted 7/24/13) retain the rights to their articles, including the right to make the post peer review manuscript version of the article open access by despositing it in an open access repository, like eScholarship. Articles in which publication agreements were signed on or after October 23, 2015 are covered under the article.

How to Submit

Click the orange Deposit icon at the top of the UC Santa Barbara Library eScholarship page, and follow the prompts.

All work must be submitted in digital format (as a PDF, RTF, Microsoft Word document). Include an abstract for your submission. It can be any length. Select keywords (descriptive terms) to help a user retrieve your work in a search. Use the submission form under the "Deposit" link at the top of the UC Santa Barbara Library eScholarship page. The prompt will first ask you to choose what Series you want to deposit to. Options for one's personal publications are:

  • Previously Published Works (published articles, chapters, and book); If applicable, be sure you have the DOI for the published version handy.
  • Conference papers and poster presentations (papers and posters delivered at conferences)
  • Reports (unpublished UC reports and UCSB Library reports)

The other Series listed are for publications related to specific Library programs, the Open Access Publishing Fund and the Undergraduate Awards program. Only the program's administrator should deposit to these Series.

If you have any questions, email

After you submit your paper, it will be reviewed by the Scholarly Communication Program Coordinator. You will be notified by e-mail if the submission is accepted.