Archive for the ‘University of California’ Category

Nobel Prize Winner to Boycott Leading Science Journals

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Randy Schekman, a professor at UC Berkeley and co-winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, announced Monday in a “Comment” piece in The Guardian that his lab would stop submitting research articles to Nature, Cell, and Science, which he describes as “luxury journals.”

He has taken this action because of what he describes as “inappropriate incentives”: their practice of publishing articles about the most attention-getting research rather than the best/most important research. He proposes publishing in open-access journals edited by working scientists instead and encourages universities and funding agencies to consider the quality of the published research rather than the outlet in which it appeared.

UC Open Access Policy Takes Effect for UCLA Faculty Today

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The new systemwide UC Open Access Policy takes effect for UCLA faculty starting today, November 1, 2013.  As UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott L. Waugh noted in an October 8 announcement, the policy “allows faculty members to maintain legal control over their research articles while making their work much more widely available to the public.”

This policy places the UC system in the company of more than 175 prestigious colleges and universities across the country, though we’re the largest to date. It does not require publication in open access journals or the payment of publication fees; instead, it commits faculty to making a version of each journal article published on or after November 1, 2013, available publicly in an open access repository, such as UC’s own eScholarship repository or a subject repository.

The UCLA Library is working with the Academic Senate to make implementation as easy as possible for UCLA faculty. More information is available on the Library’s web page about the policy, and questions and requests for assistance can be emailed to

UCSF Academic Senate Approves Open Access Policy

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

By a unanimous vote, the UCSF Academic Senate has adopted an open access policy, making scholarly articles produced by its faculty freely available to the public.  UCSF is the first UC campus and the largest scientific institution in the U.S. to adopt such a policy; it is also country’s leading public recipient of funds from the National Institutes of Health, which has its own public access policy. Under this new policy, UCSF faculty must make their articles available through an open-access repository such as UC eScholarship or the NIH-sponsored PubMed Central.

Data Management Planning Tool Launched

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

U.S. funding agencies including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health require researchers to supply detailed, cost-effective plans for managing grant-funded research data. Along with the UCLA Library’s Web page to help researchers meet agency data management requirements, UC’s California Digital Library, along with other institutions, has launched an online data management planning tool to help guide researchers through the process of creating a plan.

The tool helps researchers generate ready-to-use data management plans required by specific funding agencies, get step-by-step instructions and guidance on data management plans, and find resources and services that can help meet funders’ data management plan requirements.

Though the tool is ready for use, it is still being actively developed, and feedback is invited.  Offer feedback or request further assistance from UCLA librarians via email.

Possible Boycott of Nature Publishing Group Journals

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Dear Members of the UCLA Faculty,
Please see the linked document regarding a possible boycott of Nature Publishing Group journals by UC faculty. We urge you to read this important update, which has been jointly prepared by the University Libraries and the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication. Please contact me directly with your comments and concerns.

Gary E. Strong
UCLA University Librarian

UC Provost Support FRPAA

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Lawrence Pitts, UC provost and executive vice chancellor, added his signature to a letter from higher adminstration officials supporting the Federal Research Public Access Act, which was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

UC’s California Digital Library Launches Web Archiving Service

Friday, August 7th, 2009

The Web Archiving Service provides tools to easily capture, analyze, and preserve Web content. It enables users to define sites to be captured, choose capture settings for each site, and capture the content; provides basic statistics about capture results; contains comparison tools that allow users to analyze changes on a site over time; and allows users to publish archives of Web sites that can be searched together.

The University of California’s California Digital Library (CDL) hosts the service’s tools and storage and provides information about rights management practices and collection development in web archiving, as well as web archiving training sessions.  The service was developed as part of the Web-at-Risk grant, funded by the National Digital Information and Infrastructure Preservation Program and led by the CDL.

Extensive Collection of Free E-Textbooks Available

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The UC Libraries have licensed a substantial collection of e-textbooks, which are available for use by faculty and students free of charge.  The full list, divided into broad subject areas, is available online, as are lists of e-book titles not classified as textbooks.

Each chapter is available as a PDF file, which can be downloaded, printed, or transferred to a PDA or Kindle. Whether in the textbook category or not, all of the titles can be used in electronic course reserves, on course Web sites, in course management systems, and for many other educational purposes.

UC Libraries release Open Letter to License Content Providers

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

The University of California and the California Digital Library sent an open letter to many of the information providers they license content from, informing them of the need to work collaboratively with the UCs to create solutions to keep costs low given the state of California’s economy.

UC Libraries Acquire Springer Electronic Books

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

The UC Libraries have purchased nearly every Springer ebook published in English and German from 2005 to 2009. The nearly 20,000 books fall into the following broad subject areas: architecture and design; behavioral science; biomedical and life sciences; business and economics; chemistry and materials science; computer science; earth and environmental science; engineering; humanities, social sciences, and law; mathematics and statistics; medicine; physics and astronomy; and professional and applied computing.

Each book chapter is available as a PDF file without digital rights management, which means that they can be used as electronic course reserves, on course Web sites, in course management systems, and for many other educational purposes. The files can be downloaded, printed, and transferred to a PDA or Kindle. The titles are being added to the UCLA Library Catalog and Melvyl; in the meantime, users can search or browse them from the publisher’s Web site.