UCSF faculty have unanimously voted to make current and future scientific articles electronically available freely to the public. This new policy gives the university a nonexclusive license to distribute peer-reviewed articles and requires UCSF faculty to make their articles freely available immediately by depositing them in an open-access repository. Members of the public will be able to find them easily using web search engines. Read more . . . .
UCSF has become the first UC to adopt and open access policy. “The unanimous vote of the faculty senate makes UCSF the largest scientific institution in the nation to adopt an open-access policy and among the first public universities to do so.” Read more in at the Scholarly Communications News at Berkeley blog and the UCSF News Center.
May 23, 2012: The University of California, San Francisco becomes the first UC campus to implement an open access policy. Under the proposed open access policy, UCSF faculty will make electronic versions of their scientific articles freely available to the public via an open-access repository such as eScholarship. The vote by the UCSF faculty senate was unanimous, making UCSF the largest scientific institution and the first public university to adopt an open-access policy. In February 2008, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences were the first university of adopt an open access policy. Since then, dozens of other universities worldwide have adopted institutional open access policies.
Meantime, a discussion of a UC systemwide open access policy is under discussion by representatives to the UC Academic Senate Committee on Libraries and Scholarly Communication. Read more: UC Open Access Policy Proposal.