Set the Default to Open Access

Open Access Week 2012

From Paris to Buenos Aires, open access (OA) is changing the way scholars communicate. It is removing price and permission barriers and opening up the content of books and journals, which have become increasingly more difficult for academic libraries to acquire as collection budgets decline and subscription costs skyrocket. Here at Berkeley, faculty and students have been using eScholarship to publish their own peer-reviewed journals like California Italian Studies Journal, L2 Journal, Lucero, and nineteen sixty nine for the world to read, free of charge.

Next week is the 6th International OA Week which promotes open access as a new norm in scholarship and research. On Tuesday, October 23, the Library will sponsor a faculty conversation on scholarly communication with associate professor Richard Schneider who led the effort to pass and implement the landmark open access policy at UCSF last May. This was a significant breakthrough for UC but also for the United States, making UCSF the largest scientific institution and the first public university to adopt an open access policy:

Open Access at UC: Maximizing the Reach, Visibility and Impact of Your Research
Richard Schneider moderated by Molly Van Houweling (Berkeley Law)
Tuesday, October 23
Education/Psychology Library, Tolman Hall

Do you have an article you want to publish? Are you trying to decide where to place it? Throughout the week, librarians will offer three different workshops on the importance of retaining your rights as an author:

Publish Smart, Maximize Impact – OA Week workshops

Social Sciences
Wednesday, October 24
3:30 – 5:00pm
251 Doe Library

Thursday, October 25
11:00am – 12:30pm
Engineering Library

Arts, Humanities and Area Studies
Thursday, October 25
3:30 – 5:00pm
251 Doe Library

Students, researchers, faculty and the public are invited to attend.
Come early to the workshops and get a free t-shirt! (a limited number of open access t-shirts will be distributed)