On Monday, five major research universities – including the University of California, Berkeley – announced a new Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity. The universities have each pledged to develop "durable mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication charges for articles written by its faculty and published in fee-based open-access journals…" Besides UC Berkeley, the other participating universities are Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, and MIT.
This compact further shows UC Berkeley’s interest in open access, already expressed through our Berkeley Research Impact Initiative, a pilot program to "subsidize, in various degrees, fees charged to authors who select open access or paid access publication."
For more information, check out the coverage in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.
Originally posted on the Science and Engineering Libraries News blog.