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UC Open Access Policies

The Academic Senate of the University of California adopted an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 UC campuses will be made available to the public at no charge. A precursor to this policy was adopted by the UCSF Academic Senate on May 21, 2012.

On October 23, 2015, a Presidential Open Access Policy expanded open access rights and responsibilities to all other authors who write scholarly articles while employed at UC, including non-senate researchers, lecturers, post-doctoral scholars, administrative staff, librarians, and graduate students.

How do I comply with these policies?

The UC open access policies require that UC faculty and other employees provide a copy of their scholarly articles for inclusion in eScholarship or provide a link to an open version of their articles elsewhere.

The UC Publication Management System simplifies this process. The system searches multiple publication databases for publications which may be yours; every two weeks, the system sends you an email if it finds new works to verify and deposit. You can also log in to the system at any time by visiting

If you are unable to log into the system, please reach out to your campus open access policy support team to investigate; in the meantime, you can choose to immediately deposit articles using eScholarship's submission form

eScholarship form

eScholarship has a streamlined submission process and will automatically populate article information if you provide a DOI or PMID.

What are the benefits of participating in the Open Access Policies?

  • Good for authors: Open access research is read and cited more than access-restricted scholarship, increasing the academic impact of and public engagement with your ideas.

  • Good for readers: The University of California's Open Access Policies extend the University's public mission to share broadly — throughout California, the nation, and the world — the research and knowledge produced at our campuses.

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